If UK-based producers of plastic goods switched to locally-based suppliers then they would benefit from operating in a more secure and lower-risk raw material supply chain. According to Axion Polymers, therefore this would lessen the potential impact of Brexit.
Manufacturers should feel proud as we return to the ‘Made in GB badge’, says Keith, Director of Manchester-based Axion Polymers and a Made in Britain member.
Keith Freegard explains that Britain leaving the EU will bring economic uncertainty and therefore, manufacturers should consider buying from ‘reliable local suppliers operating within the GB economy’ in order to ensure stability, consistency and long-term confidence in supply.
Raw materials have become more expensive to import from Europe following recent significant shifts of up to 15% in exchange rates, and with possible import tariffs and extra customs paperwork, future inward raw materials supply routes from Europe could become more difficult. Keith explained that buying from local UK-based suppliers would insulate them from those risks.
Axion Polymers produces high-quality consistent Axpoly plastics through its fully-integrated business model operating at three Manchester sites, derived from end-of-life motor vehicles and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), all sourced from the UK.
Keith continues to explain through shareholding from capture of scrap cars right through to recycling, all the waste materials belong to Axion Polymers, so security of feedstock is ensured as it is independent of the competitive procurement process.
Delays associated with strikes and weather disruption which often impact the main freight ports are avoided as plastic shipped from Manchester’s central transport hub can be delivered anywhere in the UK within 24 hours.
Axion’s technical staff can supply rapid service response, due to its optimal location, to any requirements for assistance or troubleshooting with its customers.
Pricing is stable and competitive when using recycled polymers from a UK-sourced closed-loop supply chain, an additional advantage, as the input raw material costs are not linked to the volatile oil market or subject to waste-trading supply: demand fluctuations.
Keith commented that Axion share in the values and benefits of Made in Britain, therefore encouraging them to join.
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