01 March 2011
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Jubilee celebrates ninetieth anniversary with China export order

Ninety years ago in post World War 1 Britain, when the first car tax discs were introduced, Winston Churchill was appointed Colonial Secretary and Shackleton set sail on his last expedition to Antarctica, a retired Naval Officer, Commander Lumley Robinson, had an idea.

His subsequent design, for a hard-wearing, reliable and secure worm drive hose clip was brilliantly simple and has stood the test of time. The world-famous Jubilee Clip, has become a ubiquitous product, used by engineers in all four corners of the Globe to provide temporary or semi-permanent connections for all types of hosing, tubing and ducting.

At a time when manufacturing in Western Europe has been suffering from cheap imports from the Far East and Asia flooding into the west, the lads at L Robinson & Co (Gillingham) have another reason to celebrate as they found themselves in the refreshing position of exporting to China. Jubilee has been a trademark in China since 1958 but there have been no direct exports to the country in recent years. The first container of all stainless 304 standard range Jubilee Worm Drive Hose Clips were recently shipped to China from the company's new premises.

The consignment was specified by name and all the staff involved in manufacturing and packing the order were very proud to see yet another container full of the British product pull away from their new factory in Gillingham. The company has recently relocated to a 40,000-sq ft facility where it has invested in new manufacturing equipment and further automated its production capabilities. There are currently over 580 different product types manufactured by the facility and all carry the quality Kitemark.

Author
Paul Gay

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