A majority of large-component production is now performed at BendPak’s China operated factories. We urge you to take a few minutes and visit www.astudyinliftdesign.com to take a tour of our factories and to get a broader perspective of what truly makes our products such a great value. Our overseas manufacturing strategy was based on the needs and demands of our customers who demand both quality and value. We’re a global manufacturer competing for the world’s business.
At BendPak, we ensure that our offshore manufacturing is no different in approach, standards, quality, inspection and packaging than our domestic manufacturing. BendPak engineers located at our factory headquarters in Santa Paula California retain all responsibility for product designs to ensure structural integrity, durability and consumer safety. These same engineers visit our factories year-round verifying that our quality conformity and high standards are being met.
As a longstanding member of the Automotive Lift Institute, we are required to be audited by independent third-party testing laboratories like Intertek to determine that all of our overseas production facilities continually and systematically produce products that comply with very specific global standards. These same third-party testing laboratories visit our offshore factories frequently to ensure continued compliance with all applicable standards.
In recent years there has been a significant turnaround in the global steel industry specifically in relation to China. Steel now supplied from Asian steel mills will in many ways exceed North American quality when comparing similar grades. Without funding to modernize aging equipment, many North American steel mills have fallen behind. With other burdens such as high labor and legacy costs, most of these companies cannot compete in the highly competitive steel marketplace. At BendPak, we know steel better than anyone else. Our team of engineers regularly study applied force loading, bending moments, concentrated loads, deformation and yields, ductility, strain, stress and so on. Modern metallurgy facilities enable us to determine the carbon content of steels in addition to performing complete inspections of microstructures, accurate analysis of case depths and surface hardness. All this is done to ensure complete conformance with our strict requirements and specifications. Additional testing is performed offsite using third-party A2LA certified metallurgy companies – laboratories who specializing in aerospace metallurgy and material analysis.
We hope this answers your question. If you do decide to buy BendPak, we're sure that you'll be impressed with the quality and the craftsmanship of your purchase. Should you have any particular questions regarding placing an order, shipping, delivery or installation, we urge you to visit www.bendpak.com/frequently-asked-questions.