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.
Succes of Vention at Axya
Vention is a Montreal-based company that debuted in 2016 and now has 40,000 users on 3 continents. Vention is a pioneer in digital manufacturing for machine design. The company offers a platform that enables the design, ordering and assembly of 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 allows engineers and other manufacturing professionals to create machines from thousands of parts available on their platform. As such, it is necessary for Vention to outsource 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 bids. The bids 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
In conclusion, several things can be learned from this collaboration between Vention, Précinov and Axya. To begin with, the Quebec manufacturing environment is competitive and should not be relegated to the background in favor of international manufacturing. The Axya platform allows Quebec buyers to not only consider local suppliers, but also to develop a sustainable and robust Quebec supply chain. Win-win collaboration between Quebec players is possible and put forward thanks to Axya.
Secondly, not only is the Quebec market competitive, the suppliers are talented and ingenious. The capabilities of suppliers are varied and different, but there is nothing that is feasible internationally that would not be feasible in Quebec. It's just a matter of getting in touch with the right supplier, which is much easier when you have access to a network as vast as Axya's 400+ suppliers.
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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