DIE CASTING COMPANY
Aluminum Die Casting
Zinc Die Casting
Company is an American
Manufacturer and job shop foundry in the USA that specializes in the Aluminum Die Casting
Process and Zinc Die Casting Process. KenWalt uses a unique
Vacuum Die Casting Process to
produce high integrity aluminum alloy castings. The high pressure die
casting process is also known as
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Alloy, Aluminium Alloys, Aluminum Alloys, Zinc Alloys, Die-casting, Metal Casting, Aluminum Casting, Pressure Die Casting, Diecasting, Mold Casting, Zinc Casting, Foundry Casting, Casting Aluminum, Casting Zinc
and Die Cast Parts.
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MADE IN USA or OFFSHORE
Which Really Costs Less?
For many years manufacturing in the U.S. was perceived as too costly, leading to
an increase in companies moving their production offshore.
Today, hidden risks and costs such as rising labor costs, unexpected supply
chain disruptions, intellectual property theft, product liability risks and poor
quality have prompted a growing number of U.S. companies bring their
manufacturing back to the USA.
Hidden Costs and Risks of Offshore Suppliers
Your product details, including your own tooling, can be used to make and sell
your products without your knowledge. One of our customers had discovered parts
made from their tooling being sold in stores in China.
Quality Product Liability Risks
The use of uncertified aluminum and zinc die cast alloys, along with inferior
knowledge of proper die casting design for the die casting process, by offshore
die casting companies often contributes to low quality products that can lead to
a high risk of product failures and increased liability for your company.
Property and Technology Theft Risk
It's dangerous to reveal your intellectual property and technology secrets to an
offshore supplier. Your secret technology can be stolen, shared with your
competitors or used to create a competitor and steal your customers.
There are hidden costs due to miscommunications in the barriers of language,
culture and distance that result in loss of time and money such as improper die
design changes, repairing tooling errors, delays, late deliveries, etc.
Overseas shipping costs such as tariffs and port fees are additional costs
included in your costs when dealing with overseas die cast suppliers.
Die Cast Tooling Steel
Low cost die cast dies made with inferior and uncertified die steel results in
premature die failures and frequent new die cast tooling costs. Perhaps the
reason for no guarantees of tooling life.
Lead Times and Delays
Long lead times and delays by overseas die cast suppliers are common. And
changing or cancelling your order may not be possible.
Now - Get Products Later - Regardless of Quality
Advance payment requirements are common. Pay now and wait to receive your parts.
What if the castings are bad quality or the wrong quantity? That's too bad. Bad
luck. They're yours now.
Bringing Manufacturing Back to the U.S.A.
The cost saving benefits of die casting in
the USA include:
time to market for new products
response time to deliver products
and direct communications with the die cast supplier
intellectual property, copyright, trademark infringement risks
including counterfeit products
collaboration between Engineering and manufacturing operations
international travel costs
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KenWalt Die Casting Company
8719 Bradley Ave
Sun Valley, CA 91352 USA
An American Die Casting Company
Quality Aluminum and Zinc Die Castings
100% Made in USA!
Hidden Risks of Overseas Sourcing
It's important for companies to consider in their company's sourcing strategyand
decisions the known and hidden risks of moving production overseas:
the offshore supplier be a 'true business partner'?
quickly and directly to handle your needs?
your intellectual property and new products be safe?
you risking market share with an unknown supplier?
they share your company’s commitment to ethical business standards, legal
compliance, intellectual property rights protections and anti-corruption?
they have the financial strength and stability to meet your current and future
they have sufficient managerial talent, skilled labor and systems to meet the
needs of your company and your customers?
they be able to grow with your company to meet the needs of your company and
they ensure and document material content and parts meet contractual standards
(e.g., aluminum alloy specifications, precision tolerances, quality
they be able to grow with your company and meet green manufacturing and
Risk analysis should also include:
Disasters Risk: An
evaluation of the foreign country and locationof the supplier for potential
natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunami's, volcanoes, hurricanes/cyclones
and seasonal flooding.
and Technological Risks: These
include riots, boycotts, quality of electrical power, telephone and other
utility systems, water, sanitation, and transportation, infrastructure,
proximity to hazardous waste sites and nuclear power generation stations, etc.
as the consequences of not meeting legal, tax, accounting, environmental and
other regulatory requirements, as well as compliance with associated ethical
standards of business practices.
of offshore suppliers who may potentially suffer a loss causing a supply chain
disruption and income loss to your company.
Stability of Country: Consider
the country's stability such as trade policies, embargos and regulatory laws.
Stability of Supplier: Risks
such as raw material dependencies and availabilities, labor disputes and
chain disruptions as well as quality problems can cause potential lost customers
Liability Risks: You
may have no recourse to collect damages for product liability claims, product
recalls, breach of contract or other legal suits.
risks include the costs of resourcing or reworking parts that don't conform to
specifications, including returned parts due to product recalls.
Property Risks: Trademark,
copyright and patent infringements, including suppliers stealing designs and
selling customer's products.
damaged during shipment, port strikes, piracy, and emergency air freight costs
to obtain critical parts.
to your company’s brand and reputation and associated restoration costs,
including public relations expenses.
offshore sourcing your die castings you run a very high risk of creating a new
competitor for your products. Your products can be copied and developed using
your specifications, your marketing, and even you own tooling. Imagine parts
made from your tooling being sold in stores under a foreign company's name! And
good luck trying to take legal action in another country where betrayal and
covert actions are acceptable.
time you relase proprietary or secret technology to an offshore supplier, you
run the risk of finding your technology being shared with your competitors - at
home or abroad.
simple miscommunications can add extra costs to the process such as casting
design changes, tooling design changes, shipping instructions and shipping
costs, machining and other secondary processes. And don't forget commonly
overlooked travel time and expenses which add to part costs. Overcoming language
barriers, distance and culture can be expensive.
Lead Times: Long
offshore production lead times and delays are common. If a company's product
demands increase or decrease, commitments to overseas suppliers aren't easily
changed and may not be accepted at all. Short-term cancellations are virtually
Dies and Frequent need for New Dies: Cheap
overseas die cast molds made from sub-standard die steels, and with no
guarantees of tooling life, often fail prematurely, forcing you to pay
unnecessarily again and again for new tooling.
Liability Risks: There
is a high risk of liability for any company using offshore die casters and other
overseas suppliers using uncertified aluminum or zinc alloys that may contain
dangerous amounts of lead or other toxins. Such materials incorporated into
products can lead to product failures and product recalls and can amount to high
risks and costly legal liabilities.
Due Before You See Products: Due
to advance payment requirements, you must pay for parts first before you even
get to see them and you have no right to review shipments for quality or
quantities. You must pay upfront and take what you get.
Quality Castings - No Responsibility: Not
only are bad quality castings common, but you have to pay for castings before
you receive them and you tak the risks and financial responsibility for bad
quality casting supplied by offshore sources.
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