Reshored contract boosts UK manufacturing

09 May 2017
CMG Technologies moulding

Offshore manufacturing can result in shipping, duties and quality issues

CMG Technologies has re-established its partnership with a major industrial product manufacturer, which has relocated to the UK from China in a move that is set to boost the UK economy.

CMG’s partner, which moved its manufacturing plant to China four years ago, has reshored production of its complex components to the Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) specialist to save costs.

After evaluating the costs of shipping, duties and quality issues, little money was being saved in the long-term, CMG said of its partner.

Rachel Garrett, managing director of Suffolk-based CMG, stresses: “Most UK-based manufacturers are familiar with outsourcing the production of some of their more complex components to MIM companies based overseas, thanks to the cost efficiencies that can be achieved. However, many remain unaware that this service can, in fact, be accessed in the UK for around the same, if not lower, costs - with the added bonus of a much higher production standard and finished result.”

CMG said that MIM results in significantly lower scrappage volumes than traditional machining methods and greatly reduces shipping costs, offering a cost-effective way of manufacturing complex components.

Garrett added: “Working with UK suppliers also means communication can be far easier, lead times can be shortened and the reduction in shipping, as well as the MIM process itself which is a recognised ‘green technology’, means the carbon footprint from the production process can be substantially reduced, cutting energy costs for manufacturers.

“Add all of this to the fact that manufacturing is one of the main contributors to the UK’s economy by creating and safeguarding jobs, it’s easy to see why reshoring offers such huge potential.”

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