Manufacturing agreement: customer side, short version

This contract is for use by any individual or business to order the manufacture of any product. It is written to favour the client rather than the manufacturer, with many small points such as prevention of change of control of their business to protect the client's interests.
Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland
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  • Plain English makes editing easy
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About this manufacturing contract

This is an agreement for a client who wants to contract with a manufacturer to have a product made. It covers the structure of what might be a complicated deal in simple terms that can be edited easily.

The product could be anything, from a single machined part, to multiple electronic components that the manufacturer will assemble.

The end products must pass your stringent tests and be made to your specification, which may be as simple or as complicated as you require.

The manufacturer may be based in any country.

The difference between this agreement and others Net Lawman offers, is that this agreement is written specifically for the manufacturer's customer. It includes many more options to strengthen rights and protect the client's interests.

Intellectual property, for example, is covered in detail, so that valuable ideas and designs remain the property of the client, even if modified during the course of production with input from the manufacturer.

If the manufacturer will carry out other processes, such as advising on designs, applying supplemental finishes to parts, or packaging the product for sale to consumers, this more comprehensive agreement is likely to be suitable.

We also stock this finishing and assembly agreement if the deal is to assemble parts or finish a product.

The law in this agreement

There is little statute law to regulate this agreement so it relies on common law such as contract and tort.

Of course, there may be additional regulations that affect your product. We have provided for your manufacturer to comply with specific, exact requirements you set out in a schedule.


The most important provisions are likely to be:

  • Manufacturer’s warranties - that they are who they claim to be, with appropriate qualifications to carry out the work
  • Scope of the work
  • Product testing
  • Packaging and delivery
  • The client has the right to inspect or show the factory to potential customers or regulatory bodies
  • Production price
  • Use of sub-contractors
  • Option to prevent change of control of their business
  • Confidential Information, including protection of your intellectual property

This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current English law.

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