Custom manufacturing is the creation of unique, specialized products that are tailored to specific client requirements. Source International is one of North America’s largest supply chain management companies, providing contract manufacturing outsourcing. We deliver project life cycle management solutions and supply chain programs that reduce costs and increase product quality.

Custom Manufacturing Definition & Process

Since custom manufacturing is suitable for producing a large number of goods throughout many industries, the fabrication processes and finishing techniques involved are incredibly diverse. At Source International, our ISO 9001-certified facilities are equipped to handle virtually any manufacturing process your project needs, including CNC machining, assembly, finishing, and supply chain management.

In CNC machining, a computer controls the movements of various fabrication equipment, creating highly accurate and precise components based on a design plan. Our CNC machining operations meet extra-tight tolerances and feature state-of-the-art 3-axis turning, 4-axis horizontal and vertical, and 5-axis CNC machining equipment. Whether you need a component made from aluminum, brass, or steel, our skilled team can create the products you need.

Custom product assembly services play a large role in ensuring your components are brought together efficiently and cost-effectively. Source International has over 30 years of experience solving assembly challenges and offers a streamlined solution for these applications. Whether your project requires hand assembly or an automated solution, we can connect you with the skilled labor you need. Our quality engineers ensure your specifications are always met.

We offer a broad range of surface finishing services to enhance your product’s aesthetics and performance. The right surface finish can:

  • Increase corrosion resistance
  • Reduce surface defects
  • Increase strength and wear resistance
  • Change product color
  • Improve electrical conductivity
  • Increase chemical resistance

We are committed to delivering products with impeccable finishes and offer a diverse range of finishing services to ensure your needs are met. Our finishing capabilities include:

  • Powder coating and liquid coating
  • Electropolishing
  • Electroplating, anodizing, and galvanizing
  • Sandblasting, grinding, lapping, sanding

Comprehensive supply chain management streamlines your custom manufacturing process. At Source International, we take an end-to-end approach, handling everything your project needs, from sourcing materials to final delivery. Our supply chain solutions are efficient and cost-effective, ensuring you receive the high-quality components you need, on-time. When you partner with us, you gain the ability to effortlessly scale your business in response to fluctuating market demands.

Custom Manufacturing Industry Applications

Virtually any industry benefits from having certain components custom manufactured. At Source International, we work with highly diverse industries to find innovative solutions to the most challenging application demands. Some of the most common industries we work with include:

  • OEMs
  • Consumer Goods
  • Electronics
  • HVAC
  • Food & Beverage
  • Automotive

Materials Used in Custom Manufacturing

No matter what your project goals are, we can help you source the right material that balances your performance needs with cost-effectiveness. We work with a diverse range of materials, including:

  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Steel
  • Iron
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polystyrene (PS)
  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
  • Polyamide (PA)
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polycarbonate (PC)
  • EPDM
  • NBR Rubber
Benefits Of Custom Manufacturing

Benefits of Custom Manufacturing

While off-the-shelf solutions are suitable for certain applications, custom-manufactured products come with a range of impressive benefits. Custom manufacturers allow you to tailor any design to perfectly fit your needs, resulting in better functionality. Source International is committed to delivering cost-effective solutions that never compromise quality. When you partner with us, you can significantly reduce your lead times and enjoy enhanced product lifecycle management.

Some other key benefits of custom manufacturing include:

  • Access to the newest and most advanced manufacturing technology
  • Obtain the components you need in any quantity, including cost-effective small orders
  • Partner with industry-leading manufacturing experts to achieve improved product quality
  • Easily scale your business according to your needs
  • Create the exact product you need instead of something mass-produced
  • Improved quality control

Custom Manufacturing Examples

Our team is highly experienced in solving unique challenges. Our case studies outline some of the innovative solutions we’ve implemented for past clients. The following are a few examples of successful custom manufacturing projects we’ve worked on in the past.


Commercial Lawn Spreaders


A customer with nearly 20 years of manufacturing experience approached us for a solution to increasing costs and competition from other companies. We provided them with access to high-quality suppliers and ensured on-time delivery of their products. Our team reverse-engineered detailed specifications for each component, oversaw the manufacturing process, and conducted thorough inspections and testing. Due to the design improvements this project resulted in, our finished product performed better than the company’s original US-made spreader.


Sheet Metal Stamping Parts


A leading North American tool builder experienced rapid expansion and needed to expand their list of suppliers without compromising quality or cost. Our team utilized our network of factories throughout Asia to find operations capable of meeting the project’s needs. We helped the client obtain hundreds of various-sized parts in an extensive variety of surface finishes. We also created a dedicated team of product specialists, quality assurance technicians, and quality assurance engineers exclusively for this account. The result was successfully quoted, produced, and shipped orders at a significantly reduced cost for the customer and an ongoing partnership that has lasted for over a decade.


Food Processing Equipment


A large meat processing product retailer was experiencing a high product defect rate with their equipment supplier in China. After they approached us, we immediately created a team of quality assurance engineers and product specialists to solve these issues and located other factories capable of manufacturing the product. Our team identified the problem with their existing product design and found a new supplier who could create a superior product for 15% less than the customer’s previous supplier.

Source International: A Custom Manufacturing Company

Whether you need to improve your product’s design, locate a more cost-effective manufacturing partner, or build more flexibility into your supply chain, Source International is here for you. Our custom manufacturing solutions have helped businesses throughout many industries obtain higher-quality products at lower prices. To learn more about the services we provide, contact our team today.