Moscow. On 6 November. The production of washing machines in the UK were resumed for the first time since 2009 – the company Ebac Ltd. started their Assembly plant in County Durham, writes the Financial Times.
Family company, established in 1972 and engaged in the devices, humidity control and coolers, it took five years and more than 6 million pounds sterling (over $9 million). Now Ebac hopes to gain a foothold on the British market for washing machines, sales of which (about 2 million units per year) now fully covered by imports.
Furthermore, Ebac has started the production of freezers. The company expects in the foreseeable future to double the number of staff from the current 200 people and win at least 6% of the British market for washing machines.
“I feel uncomfortable when we are forced to ask the Chinese to Finance our power plant, and Japanese – to produce trains for us, – said the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company John Elliott. – The UK cannot achieve a strong economy, while it is not likely to provide themselves with goods”.
Presently the processing industry accounts for 10.3% of UK GDP compared to 36% in 1948. However, this sector provides employment to 2.6 million Britons, and, according to Elliott, this figure could be much higher.
He recognizes that to compete with foreign equipment it is difficult, stressing that “it is impossible to hide behind the flag: it is impossible to expect that people will pay at least a penny more British for the Assembly or will agree to a smaller number of functions.”