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How to select a plastic extrusion supplier?

Plextrusions.exterior 800x429Selecting a plastic extrusion supplier is an important decision that can significantly impact the quality, cost, and efficiency of your plastic product manufacturing process. To choose the right supplier, consider the following steps:

  1. Define Your Requirements: Clearly define your project's requirements, including the type of plastic material, dimensions, tolerances, volume, and any specific quality standards or certifications needed. Having a precise understanding of your needs will help you evaluate potential suppliers effectively.

  2. Research Potential Suppliers: Look for potential plastic extrusion suppliers through various sources, such as industry directories, trade shows, online marketplaces, and recommendations from industry peers. Make a list of potential suppliers to consider.

  3. Assess Supplier Experience and Reputation: Evaluate each supplier's experience and reputation in the industry. Look for suppliers with a proven track record of delivering high-quality products and meeting customer expectations. You can check their website, customer reviews, and references to gauge their reputation.

  4. Quality and Certification: Ensure that the supplier maintains strict quality control standards and holds relevant certifications, such as ISO 9001 for quality management. Quality assurance is crucial in plastic extrusion to meet your product specifications consistently.

  5. Capabilities and Equipment: Assess the supplier's capabilities and the range of equipment they have. Different plastic extrusion methods and machinery may be suitable for different types of products. Make sure they have the necessary equipment to meet your requirements.

  6. Material Expertise: Determine whether the supplier has expertise in working with the specific type of plastic material required for your project. Different plastics have varying properties, and expertise in handling the chosen material is essential.

  7. Customization and Tooling: Inquire about the supplier's ability to provide custom extrusion profiles and tooling capabilities. Customization may be necessary to meet your unique product specifications.

  8. Cost and Pricing Structure: Obtain detailed quotes from multiple suppliers. Consider not only the initial cost but also factors such as tooling costs, setup fees, volume discounts, and shipping costs. Be transparent about your budget constraints and negotiate pricing accordingly.

  9. Lead Times and Production Capacity: Evaluate the supplier's lead times and production capacity. Ensure they can meet your production schedule and have the necessary capacity to handle your order volume.

  10. Communication and Support: Assess the supplier's communication capabilities and customer support. Clear and open communication is crucial for resolving issues, making design changes, and ensuring a smooth production process.

  11. Sustainability Practices: If sustainability is a concern for your project, inquire about the supplier's environmental practices and commitment to using recycled or environmentally friendly materials.

  12. Visit the Facility: Whenever possible, visit the supplier's facility to inspect their equipment, quality control processes, and overall operations. A site visit can provide valuable insights into their capabilities and commitment to quality.

  13. Request Samples: Request samples of their previous work or prototypes of your specific project to evaluate the quality and consistency of their extrusions.

  14. Contracts and Agreements: Ensure that all terms, conditions, and expectations are clearly outlined in a written contract or agreement before committing to a supplier.

By following these steps and conducting thorough due diligence, you can select a plastic extrusion supplier that best aligns with your project requirements and quality standards.


At Plextrusions, Inc., we offer a variety of capabilities for your professional plastic extrusion needs. While specializing in extruding a wide range of flexible and rigid PVC profiles, we offer extrusion for many different plastics.

We own our own manufacturing facility located in North Ridgeville, Ohio – just outside of Cleveland, only 25 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins Airport. 

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