A Kent-based company has decided to withdraw manufacturing from its factory in China as conditions prove more favourable in the UK.
The move from Ecoegg agrees with speculation from the EEF chief executive Terry Scouler that there has been a ‘trickle of manufacturing companies bringing activity back from low cost countries.’
Ecoegg produce an egg-shaped laundry ball that goes into your washing machine and completely eradicates the need for detergent. The eco-friendly gadget lasts for up to three years and has proved popular with the public since its launch in April 2010.
The company has just landed a major contract with Lakeland stores. Founder Rob Knight and his business partner Dawn White have decided to ensure that the whole manufacturing process now occurs in the UK. They were particularly keen to invest in Knight’s local community.
Mr Knight said: “I always planned to bring manufacturing of the ecoegg back to Great Britain, and after winning the Lakeland contract we’ve decided to do just that.”
“We have spent a great deal of time researching the best manufacturers and I am thrilled that the final stage of production will take place right here in my home county of Kent.”
The move will create a further eight jobs at their Maidstone warehouse. Ecoegg also have manufacturing warehouses in Wiltshire and South Wales, and an office in Bristol.