The UK Manufacturing Industry
9th December 2019
To say we pride ourselves on being a part of the UK Manufacturing industry and a Made in Britain company would be an understatement, supporting skilled British workers, our economy and helping to maintain the UK Security industry is largely embedded within our company values and fuels our desire for success.
SMP began our UK Manufacturing journey all the way back in 1974 and have flourished in the industry over the past 45 years. With over 2,500 high-security solutions created in our Telford facility last year, this number only continues to grow as our business expands and develops. Our skilled workers, state-of-the-art technology and a constant drive to uphold the standards expected of us as industry leaders enables us to break boundaries, to create, innovate and provide exceptional security solutions for both our customers and yours.
The manufacturing industry employs over 2.6 million people across the UK, with Britain coming in at the fourth largest industrial producer currently in the EU. According to the ONS, the UK’s industrial sector has increased by 1.4% each year, something we are thrilled to be a contributing factor of. In 2018 there was in excess of £2.5bn in combined reported sales for steel doors, locks & hinges, safes, safe deposit boxes/lockers and cash boxes, demonstrating the demand for physical security measures such as the solutions we manufacture.
We’re proud to be the number one safe manufacturer based within the UK, highlighting the craftsmanship of our Made in Britain products. Throughout the manufacture process, we uphold the high-quality set through independent testing and certification in line with both British and European standards.
We are members of the British Safe and Vault Trade Association, the Master Locksmiths Association and all of our high-security products are manufactured in line with the approval of the Association of Insurance Surveyors – further ensuring our products meet the quality assurance standards set not only by us but also in line with standards set by the associations we are a member of.
Our state-of-the-art facility based in what is described as the “beating heart of UK investment” by the UK Department of International Trade, utilises the latest technologies, equipment and software to ensure we are producing products that not only reflect the evolving demands of the industry but exceed the standards for their applications.
We’ve got a lot of exciting plans for the upcoming year, with the possibility of re-introducing factory tours for our trade suppliers, providing them with the ability to see first-hand how our products are made, from our industrial design office through to the finishing touches such as our lock fitting station. If this is something of interest then just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know and we can look into scheduling some guided tours around the facility throughout 2020.
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