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Re-shoring production to UK boosts competitive advantage

Carpenter Box : 05 January, 2015  (Special Report)
At the latest Sussex Manufacturing Forum, Vent-Axia, the Crawley-based, award-winning manufacturer of fan and ventilation systems how re-shoring production from China has created new jobs and boosted the competitive advantage of the market-leading company.
Vent-Axia’s Jenny Smith and Graham Morrison explained how the company’s decision to bring manufacturing back to the UK had enhanced product innovation and improved customer responsiveness.
“We are now much closer to our market,” said Smith. “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.”Sussex Manufacturing Forum - November 2014
Vent-Axia has invested £350,000 in tooling for new production lines and associated building works. Re-shoring has created new jobs, strengthened the company’s local supply chain and reduced its carbon footprint, as well as speeding up the Research & Development cycle from prototyping to production helping Vent-Axia maintain its position as a market leader.
“We’re also held up by government as a prime example of how UK manufacturing can compete in a global market place,” said Smith. “’Made in Britain’ remains a very powerful selling factor around the world.”
About the Forum
The Sussex Manufacturing Forum is sponsored by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), accountants and tax advisers Carpenter Box and HSBC Bank Plc and is open to any manufacturing or engineering business with a base in Sussex.  
Chris Coopey, Forum facilitator and head of the Manufacturing Group at Carpenter Box chartered accountants, said: “Vent-Axia illustrates the value of the manufacturing sector to the local economy – and proves how innovation and market flexibility can deliver success in today’s highly competitive environment.”
Manufacturing or engineering businesses wishing to find out more about the Sussex Manufacturing Forum should visit
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