EFIA: Brexit uncertainty ‘boosting domestic manufacturing’

by admin on January 8, 2018

The trade association said ‘reshoring’ offered significant opportunities to the print and packaging industry but only if businesses invested in employee training.

It gave examples such as Nissan expanding its new Sunderland plant with a recent £37m investment, creating 300 new jobs in what the company terms a ‘renaissance’ of UK production.

Shoe-maker Clarks meanwhile has returned production to the UK with a new Somerset plant, after previously outsourcing production abroad over a decade ago.

Additionally, it pointed out a recent study by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) found that 32% of British businesses who use EU suppliers are seeking UK replacements, demonstrating widespread concerns about trans-national supply chain stability.

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EFIA said the reshoring trend can be attributed in part to the current depreciation of the pound, which is resulting in rising business costs and making the import of materials and goods more expensive.

It is also related to the impact of Brexit upon supply chains, with UK businesses increasingly choosing to source from other home companies to ensure greater procurement security.

EFIA is calling for independent specialist vocational training for various roles – from shop floor workers to senior management executives.

“The impact of Brexit for UK print and packaging businesses may be difficult to predict at this stage, but the changes ahead can be positioned as valuable opportunities if appropriate provision is made in advance of reshoring activities,” read an EFIA statement. “British manufacturing organisations are in a strong position to win important new contracts with their ability to offer superb quality with fewer supply chain concerns, but they must first be prepared with the staff and equipment to deliver. EFIA presents the ideal solution to UK print and packaging training needs, equipping businesses with the skills needed to brave and thrive amid the Brexit tide.”

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