Last Friday, Birmingham-based coffee machine manufacturer Fracino reinforced the importance of British manufacturing in front of more than 7m TV viewers.
The exporter was invited by BBC Breakfast to respond to findings by the manufacturer’s organisation, the EEF, on how the UK is the world’s ninth largest industrial nation but most people think it is only ranked 56th.
A BBC crew filmed live from Fracino’s manufacturing facility where 5,000 machines are produced annually – each displaying the Made in Britain marque.
A champion of British manufacturing, the company produces the majority of its components in house. Exporting to over 70 countries across the globe, the business is poised to add the US and Canada to that list.
With predictions that the UK will take its place among the world’s five biggest industrial nations by 2021 if current trends continue, Fracino MD Adrian Maxwell says British manufacturing – which makes up 44% of total exports and directly employs 2.6m people – plays a vital role.
“As the heartbeat of British manufacturing, Birmingham has been instrumental in the UK’s rich manufacturing and engineering history.
“Although the UK market has faced major challenges over the last 12-18 months, mainly due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, our manufacturing sector is booming. We’re seeing time and again how the Made in Britain marque is coveted the word over – particularly in counties like Korea and Japan.”
He added: “Fracino is proud to be making a key contribution with quality products which are commissioned by global brands.”