UK: Rapanui Clothing to invest in production facility
UK organic clothes producer Rapanui is to invest GBP100,000 (US$165,556) in the opening of a production facility on the Isle of Wight, bringing the bulk of its manufacturing back from India.
Rapanui, which produces fashion clothing for men and women from organic and natural fabrics in ethically accredited factories, currently sources its clothing range from India.
The company said its decision to move production back home was down to it wanting greater control around quality and production flexibility. Availability of product was limiting the firm's expansion plans, it said.
The new screen printing production facility in Cowes will open in March.
"Reshoring some of our production makes good business sense," said Rob Drake-Knight, co-founder. "Our raw material, cotton will still be sourced in India but we plan to cut and make here and do as much printing, embroidery and finishing of the garments the UK. This will improve availability of product from 80% currently to nearer 100%.
The UK Government last week announced the formation of a new advisory body - Reshore UK - in a bid to claw back some of the production it has seen head overseas.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Prime Minister David Cameron said that while the practice of 'off-shoring' - moving manufacturing to countries such as China or India to cut costs - had become well-known, the reverse process of 're-shoring' is now on the rise and could help drive economic growth.
According to UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), companies have been increasingly looking to re-shore manufacturing, textiles, software production and call centre work to the UK instead of outsourcing overseas.
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