North East 3D printable manufacturer expands in US market

North East 3D printable manufacturer expands in US market

Middlesbrough based Hobgoblin 3D limited is expanding its US exports with help from the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) e-commerce experts.

The company, which specialises in 3D printable toys and games for the expanding gaming market, has worked closely with DIT North East to develop its export strategy and target gamers in the lucrative US market.

E-commerce specialist Sue Beverley said: “3D printables for home use are relatively new to market but there is an ever-growing interest in gaming across the world.

“We worked with Hobgoblin 3D to target key markets and to ensure that all the strategic planning was in place to maximise e-commerce opportunities.”

Hobgoblin 3D’s managing director, Kevin Miree said: “The advice and guidance of DIT really helped us refine our export strategy, and make use of the channels most effective to our business model.

“There's big things coming thanks to home use 3D printing, it's a fantastic time for entrepreneurs, especially those with digital art skills and the right social media know-how.

“There are so many opportunities opening up. It's great to think that within just a short time we are now designing, manufacturing, marketing, and distributing our own products globally.”

L-R Lawrence Williams, Kevin Miree and Jordan Knights of Hobgoblin 3D

Sue added: “Hobgoblin 3D is a great example of how a small North East business with a current and niche idea can seize opportunities and sell across the world.”

DIT was set up following the vote to leave the European Union. It is a specialised body with trade negotiating capacity, taking on the responsibilities of UK Trade & Investment and the trade functions of the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Companies interested in breaking into overseas markets and taking advantage of the global appetite for UK goods and services can visit the new online trade hub, great.gov.uk, part of the Government’s Exporting is GREAT initiative.