DFARS (The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement) requires certain goods, such as springs, to be manufactured in the U.S.. The purpose of DFARS is to ensure an adequate supply of manufactured goods (like springs and wire forms) come from U.S. manufacturers and to avoid dependence on foreign manufacturers.
Recently, amendments to DFARS were enacted by Congress that require certain metals purchased by the Department of Defense to having certain chemical content which applied to spring manufacturers, thus restricting spring materials. These new enactments caused spring and wire form manufacturers, along with their wire vendors, to meet the new U.S. government compliances for those spring components required by DFARS. Katy Spring can assist customers in being DFARS compliant for a particular requirement. If the end user requires a spring to be DFARS compliant, Katy Spring along with Katy Spring wire vendors can assist with those DFARS requirements as well.
Spring manufacturers who do business with customer’s where end users are the Department of Defense will have to comply with DFARS requirements. There will be challenges with higher spring material prices and longer spring material lead times for those spring components requiring DFARS.