The manufacturing industry is constantly improving, from advancements in automation to process upgrades and the discovery of new materials. But this growth is only possible with manufacturing  R&D (research and development), and the designers, scientists, and changemakers who constantly explore new opportunities. Their work shapes the future of product development, impacting everything from automobiles to construction projects and ultimately shaping our world.

As a result, manufacturing R&D is a cornerstone of both the industry and individual manufacturers’ value chain. Each new product, process, material, and production method has the potential to affect sourcing, manufacturing and assembly, marketing, sales, and distribution. Read on to learn why it’s so essential to prioritize manufacturing R&D — and the cost of ignoring it.

The Benefits of Investing in Manufacturing R&D

R&D is critical for any manufacturer but it can be a significant investment that pays dividends in the future. Innovations brought about by research can prove incredibly profitable, it’s never guaranteed, so investing in R&D comes with inherent risk. In spite of the uncertain ROI, offering high-quality products and maintaining market share hinge on making the investment. Manufacturers need R&D for:

Risk Management

After identifying risks in the supply chain (whether they be caused by natural disasters, market shifts, or geopolitical events) R&D can help develop contingency plans to handle unexpected challenges better  and maintain continuity.

Improving Sustainability

As sustainability becomes more critical to regulatory compliance, consumer appeal, and meeting top-level business goals, R&D can help manufacturers create more eco-friendly products, operate with greater energy efficiency, reduce waste, and minimize carbon footprints.

New Product Development and Process Improvement

R&D is the true driver of innovation. New products can only enter the market with rigorous experimentation, testing, and refinement by the R&D team. Without their pioneering work, individual companies would never be able to progress — let alone the industry as a whole.

Increasing Quality

New materials and designs that improve product performance, reliability, and durability require advanced testing and research, which is only possible by investing in R&D.

Market Expansion

The research and development that leads to creating new materials, improving sustainability, and releasing other innovations also positions manufacturers for wider regulatory compliance. This lays the foundation for expanding into international markets and increasing revenue and profit.

Competitive Advantage

Manufacturers that properly fund R&D are more likely to stay ahead of market trends and technological advancements, giving them a significant advantage over competitors that can only adapt after the fact. This can lead to higher market share, brand reputation, and overall profitability.

The Impact of Manufacturing R&D in Your Shop

In today’s highly competitive landscape, where success is defined by innovation, manufacturers that prioritize manufacturing R&D are in a position to lead the industry, shape the market, and secure long-term success.

Master Fluid Solutions was born of innovation, developing TRIM®, one of the first commercial water-soluble cutting fluids to ever enter the market and changing the metalworking industry forever. Since then, the company has pioneered material conservation through cutting fluid management, created the practice of fluid recycling, developed products with industry-leading sump life, and more. Want to experience the difference in cutting fluid quality with TRIM? Schedule a trial of any one of our cutting fluids for free.