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Quality, safety and expertise

Quality, safety and expertise Flexicon is a classic example of a 'Made in Britain' manufacturer, with all of its products being designed, manufactured and distributed from Coleshill, Birmingham. The company is a shining example of British manufacturing, committed to producing the highest quality products in the most demanding financial climate.

Tim Creedon, sales and marketing director for Flexicon comments, 'Flexible conduit's purpose is to protect electrical cables from all sorts of damage such as mechanical damage, water or dust ingress, UV degradation, heat, abrasion and chemical attack. Quality cannot be compromised, as an inferior flexible conduit can be the weak link in an entire production process, leading to contamination, data and power interruptions and even accelerating the spread of a fire.

Although it is unfair to suggest that all exported products are inferior to 'British Made', there is evidence to suggest that using cheaper 'recession-busting' products from countries such as China can result in some seriously detrimental consequences. A UK manufacturer is under far more pressure to adhere to certain standards, but more importantly, the culture of British manufacturing is far different, and puts safety and quality at the heart of any production process.

The argument against buying British is traditionally down to cost, which is no longer true as the rapidly rising cost of raw materials such as oil and steel, intrinsic to the manufacture of conduit systems, has levelled the playing field.

In addition, cheap labour is becoming less of a factor as labour rates are rising abroad. So, even when buying on price, buying British is becoming a more appealing option, especially when considering the improved lead times.

British manufacturing has not stood still, but has improved its efficiency to maintain its competitiveness. It is easy to forget that the UK remains one of the top manufacturers by output in the world and is still a leading exporter of higher value goods. Indeed, the EEF is predicting growth in manufacturing, and many are calling for manufacturing to lead us out of the recession.

This is certainly true for flexible conduit, Flexicon for instance, is now a global business that sells its 'Made in Britain' products to over 55 countries, including China and India.

Culturally, quality and safety is integral to British manufacturing, but the practical aspects of buying home-grown are just as beneficial.

For conduit, the hazards that the cabling faces will affect which system you choose. To do this you need a wide selection of different types of conduit systems, readily available that meet your needs quickly, and not a one size fits all solution that is on a slow boat from China. Flexicon for instance, offer 48 different types of conduits offering customers the widest choice for all applications.

A British manufacturer can respond quickly, and where a non standard solution is required, locality is key.

Having technical advice on the ground and by telephone is critical, especially when specialist knowledge is required to meet an exacting specification or challenging environment.

Being proud to be a British manufacturer is about adhering to three key principles; quality, safety and expertise.
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