Issues related to supply chain and delivery lead times have convinced plastics manufacturer Essential Supply Products (ESP) move production back into the UK.
With headquarters in Worcestershire, ESP had been producing tissue dispensing units in China. But a lack of production flexibility, together with the environmental impact of related logistics operations, prompted the company to reshore production in the UK.
The company recently moved into a new facility located in Blackmore Park, Malvern. Technical moulding specialist Talisman Plastics provided a turnkey solution supporting local production of the dispensing units.
Moving production to Talisman Plastics has resulted in lead times being halved. Other benefits include improved control of the supply chain and reduced stock holding.
The tissue dispensers help to reduce wastage in non-consumer markets. Customisation to suit various markets and applications is completed by Talisman, which delivers the units in a range of colours and with varied labeling.
According to ESP, this service was not available when production was based in China.
Commenting on the move, Craig Williams, sales director at ESP, said: “Manufacturing in Asia can create limitations for the supply chain. Larger orders and longer lead times required to make shipments economical are just part of the story. Communications can also be restrictive with time differences between UK and Asia. With Talisman Plastics we have already benefited from added value in the supply chain that was not previously possible.
“Responsible and sustainable sourcing is at the heart of our business and has driven this decision to move production to the UK. It is already contributing to a reduction in the environmental impact of our operations and supports local employment.” Said Craig.
This is the latest in a series of new contracts for Talisman, which has reported a 15% increase in sales over the past 18 months.
Talisman Plastics managing director, Shaun Champion, said: ““In this case we needed to assess the mould tools returned from China in order to make improvements that allowed the full benefit to be gained from using our UK technical moulding facility.
“This all had to be done extremely quickly, to ensure UK production of these units could be started prior to limited stocks running out,” added Champion.