Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Sourcing with Quality Assurance from India

Most companies around the globe are now evaluating their upstream supply chains and seeking suppliers with competitive price quotes from India. If your company has not looked at this option before, it may now be the time to look strongly at India. When compared to China, India excels at sourcing industrial materials, engineering goods and metals.

For companies seeking India only a one-time procurement, cost advantage is India's primary draw, but companies seeking more permanent stakes may find immense benefit derived from the product quality and manufacturing flexibility offered by an Indian supplier. India's proximity to China helps in lowering the shipping costs and helps companies balance trade risks.

While the cost advantages of sourcing and procuring from India is obvious, most companies often delay their entry due to the initial capital and management outlay required, and the complex operational and regulatory environment in India. One solution to such problems is to retain the services of a product and material sourcing company.

TCR Engineering Services (TCR), founded in 1973, covers the entire sourcing process from finding the right suppliers to transferring the design specifications. TCR will setup the right supply chain and logistics control, ensuring that the shipment meets all export guidelines. Finally TCR's strength and deep domain expertise in material testing and inspection services helps maintain strong quality control on all shipments.

Mr. V.K. Bafna, Managing Director of TCR Engineering says, "TCR enhances their sourcing services by continuously harvesting the relationships with manufacturers and traders in India by taking the time to meet with these companies including touring their facilities and "first hand" confirming their capabilities."

TCR has a team of over 120 employees including Engineers, Chemists, Metallurgists & Technicians that are able to participate in the material and goods sourcing. The engineers are well versed in interpreting drawings and do assist in creation of "test" samples.

TCR can source, inspect and test ferrous and non-ferrous metals, casting & forging, sheet metal, bar, pipe, stainless steel, nuts, bolts, engineering goods, non-metallic materials such as polymer, ceramic, glass, machined parts, and machine tool components from India.

As part of all product sourcing projects, TCR undertakes Raw Material Inspection Services. TCR's independent, third-party inspection and quality assurance services, includes, Factory Audits, OEM Development, Raw Material Inspection, Initial Production Check, In-Production Check, Random Inspection and Loading Supervision directly on-site at the supplier's location in India.

TCR conducts on-site visits to the supplier / manufacturer's plant to determine evaluate fabrication techniques, assembly procedures or quality issues, and ensures that the production is as per client specified requirement. Inspection can range from a simple walk through to extensive sample retrieval and onsite analysis. TCR's sample custody is continuous from on-site photography and logging, through laboratory analysis and secure storage.

The TCR Engineering Consulting and Sourcing staff, is supported by TCR's full-service ISO 17025 certified material testing laboratory which provides chemical, mechanical, non destructive testing, metallographic, positive material identification, corrosion testing and component testing services, including portable spectrometers, and digital photography. Once the product is manufactured and ready for shipment, TCR performs and verifies all export logistics, including local documentation, customs, licensing and tariff requirements, in the most efficient and economical way possible to insure timely delivery.

The Product Sourcing service is a fixed-price effort from TCR Engineering.

TCR World Inc.(USA), based in Washington D.C., is a subsidiary of the parent corporation in India - TCR Engineering Services, and was incorporated in USA in 2004 to work in all facets of international trade and product sourcing. TCR World can be reached at +1-240-505-0739 in USA or via e-mail at usa@tcreng.com

To know more about TCR Engineering and its service offering, please visit http://www.tcreng.com/