What to Consider When Choosing a Custom Synthesis Partner
Several industries now are experiencing a rapidly growing demand in new materials as the major enabling technology that will lead to better performance in end-use products. In a whole array of applications, from electronics all the way to food, the creation of new solutions to pivotal issues or for improvements in final product usage has been unstoppable.
Companies of all sizes are investing in the production of new materials and are always searching for custom synthesis capabilities beyond their own organization.
These companies understand the importance of their own intellectual property for new materials, as well as for the end-uses that these materials allow. This is why companies usually synthesize the first new materials initially, demonstrating the improvement in performance desired and paving the way for the filing of key intellectual property, which will protect the materials and/or usage.
Should they decide that the material is required at a higher scale with its performance justifying scale,there are often two options for this: internal or captive production, and external production. Usually, companies that want these materials to be scaled-up do not have in-house chemical scaling resources, and will look for external custom synthesis partners that will help them.
Captive in-house synthesis capabilities for one development material is generally hardly cost-competitive compared to a collaborative relationship with a specialist custom synthesis company. These projects are mostly laboratory procedures that are focused on producing enough material for testing and IP filing, and not full-scale production.
When they are presented to external partners, a crucial decision here is in selecting the right company for the current status for the project. These customers have to learn more aboutthe company they are considering to partner with. Customer collaboration is also imperative when choosing a custom synthesis manufacturing partner. Usually, materials which have been first developed in a laboratory setting and for which there is a greater final user demand, are prepared at more or less the same scales by the outsourced company in a collaborative environment shared with the customer’s internal chemists for purposes of ensuring repeatability.
Then, as the new material moves from laboratory to pilot to multi-ton quantities, the custom synthesis company will continue to work with the customer, making sure that performance as well as the project’s economics remains optimal, especially with respect to consumers’ expectations.
Reputable external partners can bridge initial to the grand-scale manufacturing capabilities, offering the customer a smooth experience through the entire duration and growth of their venture. Customer-partner effective communication is necessary for the success of the project, with both sides being able to meet their expectations, including management goals to be pursued.