Coming in at the 9th largest manufacturing nation in the world and exporting to countries such as the US, Germany, China, and the Netherlands, it’s not unsurprising that more and more businesses are choosing to manufacture their goods in the UK.
In this blog, we detail the top benefits of manufacturing in the UK.
Although the world has become much more accustomed to video call meetings over the last two years, sometimes, a good old fashioned in the flesh meeting is needed.
Choosing a UK based manufacturer means that you can arrange a visit with minimal hassle and discuss your project in clear and certain terms.
It also means that you and the manufacturer will be operating in the same time zone, and so any emails or telephone calls can be carried out stress free.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
As many of us make personal efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, by manufacturing in the UK, you can also reduce the environmental impact your business has.
Rather than having to get products delivered from further abroad by sea or air, a UK manufacturer who is closer can dispatch them via vehicle, reducing the travel time and emissions.
Smaller Minimum Order
With no more shipping containers to fill, with a UK manufacturer, you’ll be able to make smaller orders, more regularly.
This isn’t only a benefit for independent businesses that are operating with smaller budgets, but it also gives you better control over your cash flow.
Shorter Lead Times
With less distance to travel, comes shorter lead times.
When using an international manufacturer, a large amount of a quoted lead time can be attributed to the delivery time.
With a UK based manufacturer, that time is hugely reduced, meaning you’ll have a complete product sooner.
The design and development phase is also more streamlined, as communication is much easier.
Reduced Transport Costs
A pretty straightforward point, but one that should still be made.
Shipping costs have increased dramatically over the last 2 years, almost increasing tenfold, so not having to pay for air or sea shipping means that your delivery costs will be lower.
This will give you more funds to put towards the design phase or indeed manufacturing but may also allow you to adjust the retail price of your product (if there is one) potentially opening a path into another demographic.
Stable Supply Chain
With a UK based manufacturer, supply chains are much more stable.
With goods being manufactured and transported in the same country, the complications of that snap Covid lockdowns present are reduced, meaning that goods can be produced and delivered on time.
The UK has a long history of strong quality control regulations.
The British Standards Institution is the world’s first national standards body. It also created the world’s first quality mark in the early 1900s, when it produced the kitemark logo that is still used to this day.
It was key in the establishment of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), and it pioneered the development of management system standards with BS 5750, which was then used as the template for the ISO 9000 standards.
Products produced in the UK are governed by the strict regulations set out by the BSI, so you can be sure that they are manufactured to the highest quality.
Alongside quality control standards, goods manufactured in the UK are done so under strict health and safety conditions, meaning they are produced in a safe and regulated environment.
How Amey Plastics Can Help
Amey Plastics are a leading, British based, plastic injection moulding and tool making company that produces products for customers up and down the UK.
We produce between items in a range of ten a year to a million a year and beyond.
We also offer a comprehensive consultancy service, helping clients take their products from concept to finish article.
If you have a project you’d like to discuss with us, why not call us today on 01730 266525, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can help.