Lighting manufacturer UK Led has opened a factory in the Wirral, as the first stage of its plan to expand.
A representative from the firm said: “We are proud that it’s the first manufacturing facility of its type in the UK. We chose to invest in the UK factory for a number of reasons. Some clients, in international markets, for example India and the Middle East, prefer production to be UK based.”
Colin Griffiths, procurement director at UK Led, said: “It is the first building of three in our expansion plan for the next four years. We are making a lot of re-shored products from our owned factory in china.”
Because UK labour cost is more expensive than in China, the UK facility has fully-automated equipment – with one person to controlling all the machinery needed to produce 1,000 LED-based fluorescent tube replacement a week.
Founded in 2009 as an importer, bringing Chinese-made lighting products into the UK, inconsistency in quality prompted UK Led in 2010 to build its own Shenzhen factory.
The firm said: “Since we have our own manufacturing units, both in China and in the UK, our supply chain is slick, speedy and efficient. We do not have to depend on an external manufacturer to supply us with products.”
As well as making lamps, it has staff that re-lamp premises with direct replacement LEDs, and it provides intelligent controls.
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