21st century manufacturing requires a world-wide perspective. Labor costs, infrastructure, production capacity, shipping time, raw material availability, social compliance issues, duties and taxes are among the many factors that contribute to the selection of the best place to manufacture any specific product.
Aeron has been manufacturing in Asia for well over a decade. Our two partner factories in Guangdong Province, China, were both founded to meet our production requirements, and have grown along with Aeron. Our Asian supply chain is managed by our Hong-Kong based subsidiary, Aeron Pacifica, and has expanded to include dozens of component manufacturers and secondary processes. Products that require intricate electronic assembly and complex deco processes are well suited for Asian manufacture. Most of our cast metal and ceramic work is also done in China.
Aeron Advanced Manufacturing, LLC owns and operates a 74,000 square foot plant located in Mason City, Iowa, just off the I-35 corridor. Primary capabilities at this facility include high-capacity plastic injection, pad printing, automated assembly, and packout, including both dry heat and steam tunnel shrink wrap, and fragrance filling and formulation. The warehouse provides pick- and-pack and bulk distribution for Aeron’s Made-in -the-USA and imported products. This plant is also ground-zero for AERON’s intensive R&D activities.
Manufacturing in Iowa is ideal for high-volume plastic components, products requiring minimal assembly, and seasonal or trendy items that can benefit from short lead times and quick turn-around.
It’s no surprise that it can be difficult for US manufacturing to compete with China labor costs. By combining the strengths of our Iowa plant with low-cost component manufacturing and deco processes in Mexico, Aeron has created a winning formula for competing with China costs plus domestic speed-to-market.