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& manufacturers worldwide
Who We Are
At UTELIER.COM we are determined to simplify and demystify the process of creating a product.
Whether you are just starting out or simply don’t know where to start; whether you are a big and established brand or retailer who has a new idea that needs execution – we are here to help you make this idea become a reality.
By joining our platform, you can find your designer or manufacturer close to home or farther away; find an expert on specific issues or a helpful contact or simply keep up to date on industry news.
Whatever you need in order to turn your idea into reality – we are here to help you.
Not sure where to start? Need advice on how best to manufacture your product? Or simply want to streamline or outsource the manufacturing process?
Developing a new product, coordinating production and delivery amid language barriers and different time zones is tricky, and can be prohibitively so for young labels with small teams. So why don’t you get in touch with us?
All of our designers and manufacturers are thoroughly checked before they are approved to sit on the Utelier platform.
Those with a proven track record of excellent service and reliablity based on customer feedback and factory visits can earn our Utelier shield of approval.
The Utelier recommended shield is a symbol of excellence.
How it works
We believe in transparency and making the design, development and production process simple to understand and easy to access.
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, the below seven key stages outlining the process from idea to final product is a helpful tool to follow as a step-by-step guideline or as a search tool.
If you have an idea in mind, finding the right designer is essential. They will help you explore, develop and refine your idea further as well as think through the different components involved in the making.
Once you have researched and refined your idea, it will need to be visually presented. A designer will help you visualise your idea and explore various designs in order to find the right design or build a range of products.
Often, as part of the process of turning an idea to reality some precision is required. Technical drawings allow you to specify the requirements of your design and helps the manufacturer produce your design correctly.
Researching and sourcing the right materials for your design idea is essential. Some factories can provide materials, and sometimes you will need to source your own materials separately.
Even the simplest of ideas often need to be tested to make sure all components and design specifications are functional and harmonious in design. A sample is a prototype of your idea. Usually samples are made by hand by a master craftsman in order to create a perfect sample for future production. For this reason often samples are charged at a different rate to production.
A spec is a blueprint of the design listing all materials used throughout the design in order to ensure consistency of future production.
To produce products in volume at a fast rate and reasonable cost, a pattern or tooling (or both) will need to be created. Patterns and tooling depends on the product type and minimums. Costs for these will vary accordingly.
“Production run” is often referred to producing more than a couple of products of the same design at the same time. Depending on the size and set up of the factories, their minimal production orders may vary from a few to hundreds of units made at the same time.
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