21 August 2014
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Proud to be made in Britain

Ever since the industrial revolution, British Manufacturing has been synonymous with design ingenuity, quality and reliability. It is a heritage of which WDS Component Parts is rightly proud. And the company believes that it is still respected for this policy around the world.

To help consumers make an informed buying decision the Made in Britain marque was created to be awarded to companies that sell goods manufactured in the UK. And WDS Component Part is one of the latest companies to have been awarded the marque.

Unlike many UK based component suppliers, WDS invests heavily in its manufacturing capabilities and is responsible for producing the majority of its product catalogue in-house. In addition to its range of standard parts it also manufactures the Spencer Franklin range of hydraulic clamping components and bespoke work holding solutions - which are regularly specified for use in the aerospace industry.

The award of the Made in Britain marque, allows WDS to prove to customers that its components have been made in the UK to the company's own exacting standards.

Chris Putman, sales and marketing director explained: "We are extremely proud of our UK heritage and want customers to know that the majority of our products are manufactured here [in Leeds] under our own roof. This aspect of our business is important because it means that we can assure our quality, it also means that we can adjust our production schedules to meet demand, reducing lead times on most orders.

"Of course, the UK isn't the only country that manufactures quality components," Putman added. "We work with many high-quality component manufacturers around the world and are proud to include their products in our catalogue; but, our UK facilities offer a direct benefit to all of our customers and we believe that this should be celebrated."
The Made in Britain marque is managed by a not-for-profit organisation called Made in Great Britain Campaign Ltd. led by a committee of MDs and CEOs of UK manufacturing companies.

It was formed after independent research carried out in 2011 showed that 67% of people wanted an official seal of approval to show that a product has been made in Britain. The marque is now awarded to companies who can prove that their goods have been manufactured in Great Britain.

Paul Gay

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