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20 March 2013 | Adam Leach
Production of Pot Noodles and Raspberry Pi computers is to return to the UK after the two companies behind them decided to stop manufacturing in China.
Symington's, which owns the Golden Wonder brand, announced it will now manufacture its noodle products in Leeds, Yorkshire and will cancel its contracts with the Chinese companies currently manufacturing and shipping the products.
The business cited an increase in the cost of production in China, long lead times resulting from having the product shipped and a desire to have the manufacturing closer to home as reasons for the move.
Last week, element14 also announced that the Raspberry Pi - a credit card-sized computer created to help children develop programming skills - is now made entirely in Wales. The technology company explained the move to locate all production in Britain had been taken as a “UK creation should be produced in its home country”.
Claire Doyle, global head of Raspberry Pi at element14, said: “The business stated back in September its intention to bring production of the computer back to its home, the UK, and now after a period of transition, we are delighted to announce that all production is in Wales. We believe that a UK creation should be produced in its home country and since partnering with Sony UK Tec [the manufacturer of the products] we have been delighted with the quality and the commitment they have shown in developing the product.”
At the start of this month it was announced automotive firm Aston Martin would receive government funding of £1.6 million through the regional growth fund initiative to support it in manufacturing the Rapide S model in the UK.