A lot of industries are now enjoying a fast-growing demand for new materials as the main enabling technology which will result in enhanced performance of end-use products. In a whole range of applications, from semiconductor to food, the production of new materials that which fix crucial problems or improve final product usage is on a steady rise.
Companies large and small are investing in such new materials development and are often searching for custom synthesis capabilities from other potential partner organizations .
Such companies know the big role played by their own intellectual property for new materials, and for the applications that these materials are made for. 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. Usually, companies that want these materials to be scaled-up do not have in-house chemical scaling resources, and will look for external custom synthesis partners that will help them.
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. Most such projects are no more than laboratory procedures designed to develop enough material to test and file IP, and not exactly to be produced full scale.
When they are presented to external partners, a crucial decision here is in selecting the right company for the current status for the project. It is important that customers learn more about a potential partner company before choosing it above the rest. 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, 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.
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. Good customer-partner communication is crucial to the success of the project, with each partner being able to attain the desired economics, on top of the project management goals being mutually understood and accepted.