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Benefits of an Expert Custom Thermoforming Contract Manufacturer

Contract manufacturers have specialized knowledge, advanced technology, and a skilled staff to ensure you get the highest-quality product for your project. Using a thermoforming contract manufacturer is one way to get the product and packaging you need without the overhead costs of building out those capabilities.

In this post, we’ll discuss how to leverage a manufacturer’s expertise and build a better relationship with your vendor.

Benefits of Working With a Thermoforming Contract Manufacturer

Whether you’ve been in business for 50 years or are an emerging start-up, you’ve likely considered using a contract manufacturer to produce or package your products. Here are a few of the benefits of using a contract manufacturer for thermoforming services.

Thermoforming Fit-for-Purpose

A thermoforming contract manufacturer is dedicated to getting you the product that fits your needs. Instead of buying a stock option, custom thermoforming ensures your component, product or packaging is made right.

By working together with your contract manufacturer’s design, engineering and manufacturing teams, you can get the custom product or packaging you want. At Janco, we have custom thermoforming equipment and in-house designers here to help provide expertise when creating the design for your project.

Contract Manufacturers Have Expertise

Another benefit of having expert in-house teams is that they can help you make key decisions about design and materials. For example, the design and engineering team can help you optimize design, while the manufacturing team can discuss how the production process can be adjusted to produce the best product for your budget.

Some of the complex aspects your contract manufacturer can help you with include:

  • thermoforming machineBiocompatibility – For medical products and packaging, the materials you use are likely required to be biocompatible.
  • Anti-static – Using anti-static materials prevent dust and particles from collecting on and contaminating products produced and packaged in sterile environments.
  • Fire-retardancy – A wide range of products must be fire resistant or made with fire retardant materials.
  • Impact – Plastics and foams used in the thermoforming process have shock absorbing qualities to protect delicate and sensitive instruments.
  • Abrasion resistance – Materials designed to withstand friction, wear, and scratching are often used in products where components are prone to continuous contact or rubbing.

At Janco, our engineering and production teams have over 60 years of experience to help you design the right material and process for creating your component, product or packaging to meet your needs.


As mentioned above, contract manufacturing reduces overhead costs associated with production facilities, equipment, and labor. In addition, thermoforming is an affordable manufacturing process compared to other techniques, giving you high-quality products at a competitive cost.

Taking advantage of the technical expertise of an experienced custom thermoforming contract manufacturer like Janco helps companies reduce costs further. Combined, working with a contract thermoforming manufacturer can be a cost-effective option for producing your product or packaging.

Scalability and Flexibility

When searching for a contract manufacturer, you want to work with a company that has the bandwidth to manage growth or doesn’t lock you into a contract that leaves you with too much product. Look for a contract manufacturer that offers scalability, allowing businesses to easily adjust production volumes based on demand fluctuations.

Whether it’s scaling up during peak seasons or scaling down during slower periods, contract manufacturers can accommodate these changes efficiently.

Fast Prototyping and Speed-to-Market

The nature of the thermoforming process lets companies quickly produce prototypes. Quick turnaround times for prototyping means faster design assessment and speed-to-market.

Working with a contract manufacturer can accelerate the product development and launch process. They have established supply chains, streamlined processes, and efficient production capabilities, enabling businesses to bring products to market faster than if they were producing in-house.

Risk mitigation

Contract manufacturers can help mitigate risks associated with production, such as quality control, regulatory compliance, and supply chain management. Their expertise reduces the likelihood of errors, defects, or delays, ensuring that products meet industry standards and customer expectations.

Focus on core competencies

Outsourcing manufacturing to a contract manufacturer allows businesses to focus on their core competencies, such as research and development, marketing, and sales. By delegating the manufacturing process, companies can redirect their resources and attention to areas that drive growth and competitive advantage.

Extensive Capabilities

Working with Janco, a custom thermoforming manufacturer, gives you access to comprehensive capabilities. This includes equipment like fully-automated inline thermoforming machines, which help ensure accuracy and efficiency. We also have thermoforming cleanrooms certified to ISO 14644-1 Class 8 to meet your medical packaging needs.

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