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The chant of ‘It’s coming home’ may have become synonymous with Gareth Southgate’s young team of ‘Lions’, but it can be equally applied to the spate of positive news from businesses bringing production back to our shores.
Known as ‘re-shoring’, the past 12 months have seen numerous announcements, including:
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- Leeds Welding Company (LWC Group) has set up a new multi-million-pound LWC Agricultural Products division and has beaten off suppliers from around the world to deliver UK manufactured goods to UK farmers.
- Wirral-based Plura Innovations bringing the bulk of production back from China.
- Vacuum cleaner manufacturer, Gtech, is moving part of its production from China to Worcestershire.
- British satellite manufacturer, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) has closed its Denver factory in favour of centralising production back in the UK.
- Shoe and retail business, Clarks is opening a new manufacturing unit in Somerset, more than a decade after offshoring production to the Far East.
- St Austell Printing Company (SAPC) has won a contract to print the iconic card game, Top Trumps – shifting production from Poland, Italy and China to Cornwall.
- Lighting manufacturer, UK LED, has opened a new facility to reshore production from its owned-factory in China.
- Luxury eyewear business, Tom Davies, has moved production from China to London with a new £800,000 factory.
- Engineering firm, FES, has invested in a new manufacturing facility in Northumberland to bring several processes which were previously outsourced, such as fabrication, in-house.
- Nottingham’s TheSockMine has successfully reshored sock manufacturing from China, Turkey and India.
- Children’s-suitcase-on-wheels manufacturer, Trunki, reshored production from China and is now exporting its British-made cases back to China.
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The UK’s largest annual celebration of British industry – Digital Manufacturing Week – returns to Liverpool in November.
The week-long series of events includes:
Smart Factory Expo – the largest part of Digital Manufacturing Week, the free-to-attend Smart Factory Expo’s exhibitions, conferences and workshops brought together 4,000 manufacturing professionals in 2017, and this year will attract 6,000!
Manufacturing Leaders Summit – this year, the UK’s largest manufacturing conference will see more than 1,000 delegates participate in TED-style talks across 10 focused streams.
The Manufacturer Top 100 – this unique report celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2018, with a dedicated ‘Hall of Fame’ celebrating all 500 of those named over the past half-decade. We will also be launching the 2018 report and toasting this year’s most inspiring and influential UK individuals at an exclusive evening event.
The Manufacturer MX Awards – Digital Manufacturing Week culminates in the biggest party of the year, dedicated to recognising, encouraging and promoting competitive manufacturing in the UK, and celebrating the very best in the industry.