What to Consider When Choosing a Custom Synthesis Partner
Several industries now are experiencing a rapidly growing demand in new materials as the major enabling technology that will lead to better performance in end-use products. In an entire variety applications, from computers to healthcare, the creation of new materials that fix vital issues or improve final product usage has become the order of the day.
Companies large and small are investing in such new materials development and are often searching for custom synthesis capabilities from other potential partner organizations .
These companies understand the importance of their own intellectual property for new materials, as well as for the end-uses that these materials allow. This is why companies usually synthesize the first new materials initially, demonstrating the improvement in performance desired and paving the way for the filing of key intellectual property, which will protect the materials and/or usage.
If they think the material is needed at a higher scale while its performance justifies scale, in most cases, they have two options for the scaled-up synthesis: in-house or captive production, and external production. Companies wanting to scale-up such materials often have no internal chemical scaling resources, and will partner with external custom synthesis companies to engage.
Captive in-house synthesis capabilities for one development material is generally hardly cost-competitive compared to a collaborative relationship with a specialist custom synthesis company. These projects are in most cases lab procedures aimed at creating enough material to test and IP filing purposes only, and not for mass production.
When they are presented to external partners, a crucial decision here is in selecting the right company for the current status for the project. These customers have to learn more aboutthe company they are considering to partner with. Customer collaboration vital too when partnering with a custom synthesis manufacturing company. To guarantee repeatability, materials first developed in laboratories and for which there is a bigger demand from final users, are usually created in similar volumes by the external custom synthesis partner in collaboration with the customer’s own team of chemists.
Then, with the new material moving from laboratory to grand-scale production quantities, the custom synthesis partner will maintain collaboration with the customer while keeping performance and project economics in check, especially according to the expectations of consumers.
Reputable external partners can bridge initial to the grand-scale manufacturing capabilities, offering the customer a smooth experience through the entire duration and growth of their venture. Customer-partner effective communication is necessary for the success of the project, with both sides being able to meet their expectations, including management goals to be pursued.