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Finding the right suppliers and engineering technologies to meet your specific requirements can be a challenging task for manufacturers.

Supplier & Engineering ScoutingMRC understands this struggle and is here to provide you with streamlined and comprehensive scouting solutions that connect you with the right vendors and cutting-edge technologies to support your business growth and innovation.

Efficient Supplier Scouting for Your Business Needs

MRC’s Supplier Scouting service combines our commercialization expertise, research excellence, and proven processes to help you identify and select suppliers that align with your criteria. Whether you are searching for a second supplier or seeking new vendors to support product innovation, our team will assist you in effectively scouting and connecting with potential suppliers who can meet your specific needs.

Our Supplier Scouting service supports various requirements, including:

  • Vendor Search: Identify and evaluate potential vendors for your manufacturing needs.
  • Technical Partner Search: Find strategic partners who can bring technical expertise to your projects.
  • New Material Search: Discover innovative materials to enhance your product offerings.
  • Substitute for Obsolete Material Search: Identify alternative materials for discontinued or obsolete components.
Customized Solutions for Superior Results

As an MRC client, you benefit from our strong partnership with the Research Triangle Institute (RTI), a renowned innovation resource for Fortune 500 companies. Leveraging proven Project Management fundamentals, RTI’s Technology Methodology equips us with the right processes and tools to deliver customized solutions. Our Supplier Scouting service provides:

  • Access to engineering and technical professionals who excel in technology, partner, or supplier search.
  • Connections to innovators and relevant technologies across universities, research labs, start-ups, and established businesses.
  • Comprehensive analysis to evaluate the fit and qualification of potential technologies to address your specific needs.
  • Access to experts who quickly understand your requirements and deliver the best solutions.
Engineering Scouting for Technological Advancements

MRC’s Engineering Scouting services enable you to harness the power of external technologies to solve technical challenges, develop new products, and improve processes. In an ever-competitive market, staying ahead requires accessing external innovations, which can be found in universities, national research labs, or other businesses across the globe. With our extensive network and market knowledge, we connect you with high-impact technologies that drive your business forward.

Key Benefits of Engineering Scouting:
  • Access to innovators and technologies aligned with your strategic areas of interest.
  • Discovery of relevant technologies from various sources, including universities, research labs, startups, and established enterprises.
  • Thorough evaluation of the initial technology’s fit and relevance to your specific needs.
Unmatched Expertise and Support

MRC combines technical, commercialization, and management expertise to effectively support your engineering scouting requirements. Our experienced team identifies promising early-stage technologies that present new business and market opportunities. Partnering with RTI’s Technology Scouting Methodology, we offer:

  • Evaluation of technical innovations from diverse sources, ensuring their relevance to your business needs.
  • Open Innovation partnership to help you navigate technology landscapes and find innovations that meet your requirements.
  • Specialized knowledge in partnership formation, business development, finance, management, technology assessment, and commercialization.
  • Access to MRC’s multidisciplinary experts who understand the scientific aspects of various technologies and the business factors impacting product innovation across different markets.
Discover the Power of Streamlined Scouting Solutions with MRC

Unlock the potential of Supplier and Engineering Scouting for your manufacturing operations. Contact MRC today to explore our Advanced Manufacturing Technology solutions and experience our comprehensive scouting services. Together, we will accelerate your business growth, drive innovation, and achieve sustainable success in the competitive manufacturing landscape.

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