23 January 2013
UK manufacturing businesses have a strong future, according to Midlands MEP, Malcolm Harbour, but, he says, the industry needs more practical measures to safeguard the sector. During a site visit to Birmingham-based,
During a site visit to Birmingham-based, Evac+Chair, manufacturerof hi-tech evacuation chair systems for export Harbour suggested: "We need more practical initiatives to support manufacturing companies. For instance, to help small business access new markets by facilitating trade missions and by helping to prepare companies to meet the demands of export." Harbour's visit coincided with news that Evac+Chair has acquired the assets and staff of a Telford-based company which produces straps, harnesses and load restraints.
Mark Wallace, managing director of Evac+Chair, said: "The acquisition will mean that every element of our products will be produced in-house, helping us to ensure the highest standard of quality control." High levels of quality and innovation have helped Evac+Chair along with it sister company ParAid, see a combined growth in exports of 20 per cent in the last two years.