Challenges Ahead for UK Manufacturing

A look back and a look ahead at the challenges faced by UK manufacturing.

Man manufacturing steel planters

UK manufacturing has been hit with so many challenges in the last 12 months and there remain plenty of challenges ahead for 2021.

Between lockdowns and restrictions on international trade, UK manufacturing faced one of the most challenging years in modern times. Large swathes of the industry shut their doors completely in March in line with government guidelines. This sudden stop led to an immediate hit to the companies whose stocks rely on those industries.

Although many manufacturers began work again in April, extra safety measures in were put place which limited productivity and output.

At EverEdge, this shut down of our ability to manufacture our products was combined with increased sales as people stayed at home and spent extra time on their gardens. As a result, 2020 was a year in which our manufacturing was barely able to keep up with demand. It was a ‘good problem’ to have and we are grateful that we were one of the companies that were able to keep going through the lockdowns with many of us working from home.

2021 see plenty more challenges ahead. There is a massive shortage of steel worldwide, partly caused by an uptick in auto manufacturing in the second half of 2020. There is also a shortage of cardboard in the European markets so many companies have switched to selling online.

At EverEdge we manufacture our entire range in Britain, in the Midlands to be precise. This at least gives us some cover from the current problems faced by importers. Our manufacturing setup is robust. While we foresee some delays over the next 6 months in our ability to despatch products, we remain confident in our supply chain and our ability to manufacture product to meet deadlines.

Call us to discuss your projects. If a project requires goods made to order, please give us as much notice as possible to plan your work into our schedules.

2021 see many challenges ahead but it also has a big shining light at the end of this long dark tunnel. We are hopeful that this year we will see a return to normality creeping in. Until then, stay well and stay safe.