A British manufacturer claims to have strengthened its supply chain and boosted local jobs by reshoring production from China.
Vent-Axia, which produces fan and ventilation systems, has brought its manufacturing back to the UK, investing £350,000 in tooling for new production lines and associated building works.
The move has enhanced innovation in its products, sped up the research and development cycle and improved the company’s responsiveness to customers. Reshoring has also reduced its carbon footprint, the company told the Sussex Manufacturing Forum.
“We are now much closer to our market,” said Jenny Smith, marketing services manager. “We have cut our lead times from three months to a matter of weeks, which not only means that we have less cash tied up in inventory, it also enables us to respond much more quickly to market opportunities.”