Success Story

Parts Produced in Quebec Without Any Compromise

Learn more about how Vention was able to re-locate a portion of their supply chain back to Quebec.

By Yacine Mahdid | Nov 16, 2020

Succes of Vention at Axya

Vention is a Montreal-based company that started in 2016 and now has 40,000 users, present on 3 continents. Vention is a pioneer in digital manufacturing for machine design. The company offers a platform to design, order and assemble custom factory equipment.

“We envision a world where the process to build industrial equipment is as straightforward, and enjoyable, as building with LEGO. A world where you imagine your machine in the morning and build it in the afternoon”

Vention enables engineers and other manufacturing professionals to create machines from the thousands of parts available on their platform. Thus, it is necessary for Vention to subcontract a large volume of parts, all on a recurring basis.

Until recently, the company had all its high-volume orders manufactured in China, believing that it was impossible to find Quebec suppliers who would produce high quality parts while being as competitive with their prices. Having heard of Axya, Vention sees an opportunity to verify if it is possible to bring part of their supply chain back to Quebec, without any disadvantage or compromise.

They then posted RFQs on Axya to take the pulse of the Quebec manufacturing community. Their RFQs received, in 4 days, an exceptional number of 16 quotes. The quotes were complex and demonstrated the great expertise of the suppliers. They included all the manufacturing processes, such as machining, anodizing and engraving, as well as storage services.

Among the 16 submissions, each more competitive than the other, Precinov’s one stands out. The supplier proposes to develop an anodization process in order to be able to meet Vention’s high quality standards, all at a very competitive price.

Précinov then developed an innovative process, tailor-made for Vention. The complex process consists of a series of operations with surgical precision. The result is a success across the board. Precinov’s pieces surpass Vention’s expectations.

“Had we seen this finish before, we would have treated all our parts like that!” – Supply Chain Director at Vention

Finally, Vention has proven that just because a company has a functional way of doing things, it is still very relevant to verify the competitiveness of its network. Not only is this possible, but sometimes necessary, otherwise it is impossible for a company to know if it is getting the best possible offer, in terms of price, quality and deadlines.

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