Glove Box Latch moulding Case study
CAD to plastic parts in customer hand 15 business days
Leading Tier 1 supplier approached Rapidparts asking for their help to manufacture a glove box latch component in a short lead time. The parts needed to be on test in 15 days time at an encap testing site in Germany, they had to be there. It was essential that the parts were manufactured in exactly the same materials as the production components so that the testing and the results from this were valid. This particular supplier had not manufactured this type of latch before and were invited to supply these first off samples, if they failed they stood to loose not just creditibility but a large contract for the supply of all latches for GM Motors ... the pressure was on.
15 days later the Tier 1 supplier received 40 Injection moulded parts in a VO rated PC/ABS which were sent to Germany for the testing, they were surprised on the speed and the quality of the parts "production quality".
As a result of this the Tier 1 supplier secured a contract for the production of latches for the new Vauxhall Astra, New Ford focus and is currently now the preferred supplier of this type of components for these OEM's.