Hi everyone, For a small group of investors my business partner and I created a design for a lamp. Our design is very basic and consists of some plastic parts, some aluminium parts(like a control button, a dimmer switch and a lampshade) and a bit of wiring. We especially like the combination of high quality plastic and brushed (or maybe anodised) aluminium. Our investor has approved our design and commissioned us to compose a list of manufacturers who can advise and accompany us in the process of prototyping, refining and ultimately manufacturing of our product. We have done some research and came across this amazing forum and decided to ask for some help, so here we go; 1A) Is it customary that manufacturers are capable to manufacture both plastic and aluminium parts in house? Or is it more common that, for example, the aluminium moulding is outsourced? The reason behind this question is that our research has shown that both techniques are (very) similar. 1B) And in both cases, is it customary that the finished parts are assembled in the primary factory? Does this imply that the electronic parts and wiring will also be assembled in the primary factory? 2) Our research has also shown there a many techniques of manufacturing and moulding for both materials. Could you advise or recommend one or multiple techniques to create high quality, light and strong plastic or synthetic parts? Could you advise or recommend one or multiple techniques to create brushed or anodised aluminium parts? Our preferred region of production is Singapore (with possibly a plant in China). Thank you all in advance. Regards, Fred.