The supply chain challenges brought about by Brexit are being felt throughout all manufacturing sectors. The Sales team at the Fibrax Group is forecasting the impact of Brexit will be felt late into 2022. To create some stability during this time, the technical injection moulding company has developed a resilient supply chain model that actively overcomes disruption and supports the immediate needs of customers operating in the UK.
Businesses have sustained delays and increased costs due to new border formalities. Earlier this year, Fibrax was approached by a large UK retailer, as it was experiencing issues when importing an existing component from a regular European supplier.
The customer manufactures an extensive range of electrical products and accessories, including lighting, switchgear, cable components, alarm control systems and electronic parts. This was a relatively new market for Fibrax, but with the capability and capacity available at its manufacturing site in Wrexham, North Wales, it was able to meet both the needs of the project and the rapidly reducing deadline.
Fibrax provided a competitive quote that included the modification of the customer’s tooling so the parts could be produced locally. This not only ensured the target deadline was met but also delivered considerable economic advantages. Additionally, reshoring the manufacturing and supply of the component to the UK reduced its carbon and ecological footprint.
By combining a collaborative approach with innovative value-engineering, Fibrax has the ability to develop, modify and validate designs, and manufacture existing components that may be delayed due to current import or transportation issues. Its supply chain model has been designed to ensure all departments are fully engaged with the project brief. By streamlining its product development and manufacturing teams, Fibrax has created an agile operating environment that ensures the optimum output is achieved at all times.
UK manufacturers are facing complex challenges as a result of Brexit and the pandemic. The team at Fibrax understands that by offering a competitive and flexible service, it can support the UK supply chain and contribute towards its immediate recovery and long-term prosperity.