What to Consider Before Contracting a Custom Synthesis Company
Various industries are now dealing with an increasing demand in new materials as the primary enabling technology expected to yield a boost in end-use product performance. In a whole array of applications, from electronics all the way to food, the creation of new solutions to pivotal issues or for improvements in final product usage has been unstoppable.
Small and big companies alike are putting money in such development of new materials and are always searching for custom synthesis capabilities outside of their own organization for purposes of collaboration in the laboratory and/or to scale-up development of the materials.
These companies understand the importance of their own intellectual property for new materials, as well as for the end-uses that these materials allow. Thus, several companies synthesize at the start the first new materials that demonstrate the enhancement in performance desired and permit the filing of key intellectual property for the protection of the materials and/or uses.
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.
Compared to a partnership with an external custom synthesis specialist, devoting captive in-house synthesis capabilities to a single development material is far from cost-effective. 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. Customers should take time to learn more about any organization they might be eyeing. Customer collaboration is crucial as well for those who want to outsource custom synthesis manufacturing services. 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, as the new material moves from laboratory to pilot to multi-ton quantities, the custom synthesis company will continue to work with the customer, making sure that performance as well as the project’s economics remains optimal, especially with respect to consumers’ expectations.
Typically, good external partners can seamlessly handle the process, from initial to full-scale, which offers the customer a flawless experience as their project grows. 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.