New research by a Birmingham-based company has revealed a resurgence in interest for products ‘Made in Britain’.
Wilmat Limited, which manufactures bespoke materials handling equipment, carried out a survey of other UK firms in an effort to find out more about attitudes to equipment designed and built in Britain, particularly within the sector it operates in.
The survey revealed strong support for British manufacturers, with more than three quarters of respondents (79 per cent) saying local sourcing was essential, important or a consideration when buying new equipment.
More than 300 people, from across a wide range of industry sectors, responded to the survey.
Teresa Hands, Wilmat managing director, explained: “Decision makers attach real importance to materials handling equipment being made in Britain, with less than one in 10 thinking it was not at all important, compared with over half for whom it was a major plus.
“Patriotism and support for the local economy were certainly real factors in their purchasing decision, with 47 per cent of respondents saying it was a major plus and 12 per cent saying it was essential.”
The survey was commissioned by Wilmat following record sales at the end of 2012, the vast majority of orders coming from UK customers.
"The figures backed up a growing feeling at the company that they were witnessing a resurgence in interest in UK manufactured products at home, rather than overseas.
“This view appears to be vindicated by the research,” said the firm’s managing director.