Wednesday 19 December 2018

Vacuum cleaner maker Gtech to create 100 jobs with UK manufacturing move

The firm said some production is to be moved from China to Worcestershire.

Nick Grey, inventor and founder of Gtech.
Nick Grey, inventor and founder of Gtech.

By Ben Woods, Press Association Chief City Correspondent

Vacuum cleaner maker Gtech has announced plans to create more than 100 jobs by shifting some of its manufacturing operations back to the UK.

The firm said part of its production would be moved from China to Worcestershire, with an eye to start manufacturing on home soil in 2019.

The move comes as it presses ahead with a global expansion, pushing the company into eight new territories across Asia, the Middle East and Europe over the next 12 months.

Founder and chief executive Nick Grey said: “One piece of feedback I get repeatedly from the British public is ‘Nick, why don’t you manufacture your products here?’. So we have designed the product to be manufactured here in the UK.”

“Currently Gtech products are built in China and transported to the UK in shipping containers which are unloaded into a warehouse.

“They are then individually picked and delivered to consumers.

“Instead, the new product will be built on the day of dispatch and collected from the end of the line by the courier. ”

Gtech, which is based in Worcester and employs 200 staff, has grown into a £121 million business since it was founded in 2001.

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