British designer based in Tokyo uses Wadebridge based
manufacturer for his latest project "Real Boy Pins".
It's not unusual to here
"nothings made in the UK anymore" or claims that our manufacturing
industry is dead. For those starting their own business, it can be difficult to
ignore the fact that they're likely to find a manufacturer in the Far East that
can produce the same product for a fraction of the cost.
When searching for a manufacturer of
his new Pinocchio-inspired push pins design, Duncan Shotton gave "Dufort
Associates" - a Wadebridge based injection molder, the contract to manufacture
2000 push pins when they beat the Far East on both speed and quality, as well
as the numerous other benefits of working with a partner from your own country.
Although the tooling and moldings
weren't cheap (each one requires a technician to manually load a metal pin,
which the plastic is then formed around), Duncan re-designed the product to
honour a higher retail price.
After being molded in Cornwall in
white, they are brush painted to exquisite detail, by hand, by the designer
himself, in his Tokyo studio.
Each limited edition (x1000) pack of
two "Real Boys" comes in beautiful packaging that bares it's own unique serial
So, when you next hear someone moan
about the downward-spiral of the UK economy, remind them that we can fight
back, and it can start with businesses in Cornwall.