— This time our approach did not change: we make decisions based on future production variants (this time it was injection molding). But at the stage of project approval, during the production assessment at the molding site, things turned out to be more complicated.
The selected factories in Asia studied design documentation and the answer quite expectedly was: Yes, we'll make it, no problem. But the Russian contractors on part of the Client had a condition: they will start the production only after making significant modifications to the construction. And these modifications would automatically spoil the design. From our perspective, there was no real need for these modifications (which were only required by Russian manufacturers).
Who's right and what to do in this situation?
A cliché answer "the Client is always right" will not work. Why? First, according to the technical assignment we don't have to be oriented towards a particular factory and comply with their requirements.
Otherwise, we would have discussed all the details with them at the very beginning. Second, the construction, developed by RRD specialists could be easily manufactured at the factories of our contractors. We consulted three enterprises before presenting the work to the client. What should we do? We think, that the answer is obvious – not to give the order to manufacturers that say "it is not possible to make it this way". Even if you have been working together for many years and they are just by your side.
By the way, the change of a contractor can be economically beneficial. To say nothing of a chance to find a partner who has more opportunities. And don't be afraid of signing contracts with China: according to our data, 99% of Russian contractors for injection molding buy their press forms in China.