Manufacturing enjoying boom time and it’s centred in the Midlands


It seems that, despite what is sometimes inferred in the news, the Manufacturing industry is actually enjoying a period of growth. Research by the London Stock Exchange Group has found that one in six manufacturers has re-shored activities to the UK and the industry is gearing up for the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, based on the ever-growing use of digital technology.[i]

And the exciting part for the Midlands is that it is dominating this resurgence. In a recent FDI report (published by the Financial Times) which listed the states and cities leading the sector, the Midlands region fared so well, that not only did it come top in the UK, it was also ranked the highest in Western Europe.[ii]

This comes as no surprise to Comtec Translations, who count among their clients some of the leading manufacturing firms in the Midlands, as Sophie Howe, Director explains. “Over the past year we have increasingly been approached by our Midland based manufacturing clients to help with their expansion plans overseas. With confidence in how their firms are performing, they have seized the opportunity to grow by looking at new markets across the globe.”

This trend is not isolated to Comtec or the Midlands, with recent figures showing that Manufacturing now accounts for 45% of all UK exports[iii].

Sophie continues: “One great example of this new wave of confidence from Midlands’ manufacturers is an automotive specialist based in Southam. They operate five brands across multiple European markets and recently took the decision to expand by including Poland, Russia, Romania and Hungary in their distribution network.”

And Wendy Braybrook, Marketing Manager from Tool Connection, explains why the role of a translation company, such as Comtec, is so important in their growth strategy.

“We have a very aggressive marketing strategy with the launch of approximately 40 new products across our portfolio of brands every month. Comtec are instrumental in supporting those launches, not only translating very technical content into 10 different languages, but also working as an extension of our in-house design team by laying out the artwork in each language.”

“As we continue to expand the territories in which we operate, the support of a quality and efficient translation company will only become more important.”

Comtec Translations has more than 30 years’ experience delivering translation services for clients across all sectors in more than 200 languages.

Comtec is one of the first translation companies in the UK to hold both the new ISO 9001:2015 quality certification and the ISO 17100:2015 translation standard. It is Cyber Essentials certified, giving clients peace of mind that fundamental defences against cyber-attacks are in place.

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