Managed Contract
Take Back Control Of Your Manufacturing

Want to Focus on Growing Your Business Instead of Managing Manufacturing?
We Can Help

From concept design and sourcing vendors to managing production and supply chain services, the product development process can be complex. As an innovator, it can be difficult to know where you should focus your attention.

Let Inertia streamline your operations and integrate design, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain expertise under one roof—so you only have one phone call to make.

Inertia has nearly two decades of experience helping clients source, select, and manage contract manufacturers globally. Our in-house team will work closely with you to help you make the best decisions for your product and move forward with a contract manufacturing solution that suits your business needs.

Outsource Your Product Manufacturing
While You Focus On Growing Your Business

Get Started
for Less

Rather than investing in the equipment, training, and staff to manufacture your product, contract manufacturing organizations have the resources and experience to get you going. You can even take advantage of a contract manufacturing services' scalability and industry connections to keep costs down as production of your product increases.

Source the
Right Partners

Identifying a compatible and trustworthy manufacturer involves conducting through research, interviews and undergoing negotiations before entering into a long-term relationship. At Inertia, we are here to help you source top-of-the-line custom contract manufacturing services that you can rely on.

Avoid Blind

Contract manufacturing companies that specialize in your industry can be a valuable resource. They have the technical insight to spot potential risks in your product design and ensure that your product can be delivered without issues or delays.

the Talk

Our experienced team will guide you through the decisions required throughout the process and liaise with members of the production team in technical terms to expedite changes.

Expectations Met

Clearly communicating and managing quality and performance levels with your selected contract manufacturer can help alleviate costly issues. Our team is here to take care of ongoing quality management with your outsourced manufacturer.

Simplify Your
Supply Chain

Supply chain management is a dynamic, evolving ecosystem. Let our team of experts manage the logistics for you.

Inertia's Fully Integrated Process Sets us Apart.

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Using Inertia's local microfactory enabled us to get our first batch of sensors out of the lab and onto the market at a fraction of the time it would have taken to set up a large volume run, shipped from elsewhere. Their engineering team also helped refine our process to improve manufacturability for future production

Norman Zhou

Co-Founder, AquaSensing

We needed a partner who could design, manufacture, and supply-manage our smart lock hardware product so that our team could focus on developing our core services and IP, which is access control and encryption software. The Inertia team certainly delivered on the hardware, which helped us focus on our core and scale our business. Inertia continues to be a key partner in our growth and success.

David Coode

CEO, Sera 4

Why Start-Ups and SME's Should Consider Managed
Contract Manufacturing

Faster Time to Market

When managed effectively, utilizing the high-quality equipment, skills and processes of a contract manufacturer can speed up your product launch and allow you to enter the market more quickly than if you were to build a factory and set up the processes yourself.

An early market entry gives your business an edge over your competitors as it allows more time to grow market share and profits.

Focus on your Core Competency

Even if you have the resources to build the necessary teams in-house to take your product from design through production, it might not be practical or in alignment with your business's core competencies.

Outsourcing tasks such as electro-mechanical assembly, materials sourcing, manufacturing, assembly and even shipping can conserve internal resources to concentrate on your core business activities.

Single Point of Contact

A vertically integrated partner with experience managing a variety of product launches will efficiently handle your project from concept to completion and help you decide what's best for your business, considering multiple factors beyond the basic evaluation of piece-price.

They will be equipped at each stage of the process with technical and practical knowledge of a wide range of manufacturing processes and solutions to common issues, saving you valuable time and energy.

Reputable Partnerships

Trust is the foundation of any successful contract manufacturing partnership. A company specializing in contract manufacturing management will already have established connections with reputable and transparent contract manufacturing companies in your field.

By choosing the right contract manufacturer, you can avoid supply chain disruptions, noncompliance with standards and regulations, and quality control problems.

Scale Production

Start-ups and SMEs can scale their production easily by leveraging the resources and capacity of their contract manufacturing partner. This is especially beneficial to start-ups that are experiencing rapid growth and need to ramp up production quickly to meet demand.

A contract manufacturer provides a flexible and scalable solution to meet increasing demand without making significant investments in production infrastructure.

When Your Reputation Is On The Line,
Quality is Everything

Whether you've come to us for end-to-end design product development, build-to-print manufacturing or something in between, our team takes quality control seriously.

Our Quality Management System (QMS) is ISO9001 compliant, and our team is trained in common quality management methodologies including, but not limited to:

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

  • Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
  • First Article Inspection (FAI)
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

IQ, OQ, PQ (the 3 Q's)

  • Installation Qualification
  • Operation Qualification
  • Performance Qualification

As your manufacturing solutions integrator, Inertia will manage your project in its entirety to help control timelines, implement quality management systems, troubleshoot and tame issues in the manufacturing process, and provide concise summary reports.

4 Ways to Boost your Business with
Our Managed Manufacturing Services

Factory Sourcing &

Our local and overseas manufacturing experts can help you find the right fit for your business needs by sourcing and evaluating potential or existing suppliers based on factors such as location, cost, capacity, quality, and compliance with regulations and standards in your industry.

We also conduct factory auditing to ensure that your manufacturing partner meets your quality and compliance standards. This includes on-site inspections, document and record reviews, and production and equipment assessments.

Manufacturing Monitoring,
Inspections and Quality Control

We provide ongoing monitoring of the production process, so you can have confidence that your product is being produced in a timely and efficient manner. This includes tracking production progress, identifying and addressing any issues and ensuring that production schedules are being met.

We also provide quality control approaches, including PPAP, FAI, IQOQPQ, and more, to ensure that your products are of high quality and meet the needs and expectations of your customers.

BOM and
Cost Analysis

Take assurance that all necessary materials and components are available to meet production demands with assistance from our team. Our experts can help you create and manage both new and existing Bill of Materials (BOM). We will also perform regular cost analysis for you so that you can better understand the cost associated with your product and make informed decisions about pricing, production, and profitability.

Design for
Manufacturing Review

Our team of experienced design and manufacturing engineers understand the impact of design and material choices on manufacturability and costs. They will assess your current design concept and identify any potential challenges or issues that may arise during the manufacturing process.

With our help, you can make the necessary improvements to ensure that your product is functional, efficient, and can be manufactured at scale.

Manufacturing Project Profile

Inertia supported Sera4 with design, engineering, electronic design, prototyping, manufacturing and supply chain services of the Sera4 bluetooth activated armoured padlock.

The lock was engineered for harsh environments and unforgiving weather conditions, with a 10mm boron and stainless steel shackle, chrome plating for corrosion and cut/drill resistance, long battery life, and fail-secure option to power by USB.

The best part? Users can gain real-time access to the lock with their smartphone and are protected with bank-grade digital security.


Contract Manufacturing Options


On-shore manufacturing occurs domestically. This option offers greater visibility, communication, and control with the manufacturer. It also reduces shipping costs and is less likely to incur shipping delays or damages.

However, on-shore manufacturing may not be the most cost-efficient nor be able to offer access to skilled labour.


Off-shore manufacturing is when the production or assembly of goods is relocated to another country. Companies may opt for off-shore manufacturing because labour costs in another country are lower or access to raw materials is easier and cheaper. There may also be tax and regulatory benefits.

On the other hand, barriers such as longer shipping times, time zone differences and language are common downsides to off-shore manufacturing.


Near-shore manufacturing occurs in a nearby country that is easily accessible by land transportation, usually within or close to your local time zone.

This option usually has fewer shipping complications and delays and fewer language and cultural barriers than off-shore manufacturing.


Reshore manufacturing refers to the reversal of off-shoring, where companies return production to their home countries from off-shore locations.


Right-shore manufacturing is selecting the optimal combination of off-shoring, on-shoring and near-shoring for your business, industry and product. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and the best option depends on your unique needs, time, budget, and the current economic and geopolitical environment.

Right-shoring enables access to benefits such as tax incentives, shorter lead times, reduced shipping time, access to skilled workers, reduced reliance on human labour, reduced inventories, and better protection of intellectual property.

Make Global Connections!

Inertia manages the integration of design, manufacturing, assembly, and supply chain for client products across Canada, the United States, and China from our offices in Toronto and Guangzhou.