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Proud of our British Manufacturing

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XL Displays


26 November 2021

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Proud of our British Manufacturing

In recent years, the global manufacturing industry has changed rapidly, with many UK-based factories and hubs being replaced by overseas products from countries like China, Japan and Germany. In fact, data collected by the United Nations Statistics Division, in 2019, China accounted for 28.7% of global manufacturing output. That same year, China accounted for 6.8% of all UK imports - a -£18.3 billion trade deficit, according to House of Commons statistics.

Although British manufacturing and export levels have dropped, our industry is still highly respected worldwide for the quality of our products, and the innovation within our industry. Quality, British-made products will always encourage people to invest with confidence. 

Did You Know?

  • In the 1970s, manufacturing contributed 25% of UK GDP. In 2020, this was 17.83%. 
  • The UK is currently the ninth largest manufacturing nation in the world.
  • The UK manufacturing industry employs 2.7 million people and accounts for 45% of total exports.
  • According to the Annual Manufacturing Report 2020, British manufacturers are facing the largest shortage of skilled workers since 1989.
  • The total value of UK manufacturers' product sales was £358.7 billion in 2020. This represented a fall of 10.8% compared with 2019, figures due in part to the pandemic.
  • 81% of those surveyed in The Annual Manufacturing Report 2020 said digital technologies will enable all manufacturers to open up new markets.
  • 1.7m tonnes of plastic materials are produced in the UK annually.
  • The British plastics industry has a £23.5bn annual turnover - with 35% of manufactured plastics products exported.
  • The British textile industry adds £11.5bn+ annually to the UK economy.
  • Average wages in the UK manufacturing industry are 13% higher than across the rest of the economy.
  • Factory output in the UK increased 2.8% year-on-year in September of 2021.
  • 35% of manufacturers regard potential future national or local lockdowns as the biggest concern to their business over the next 12 months.
  • A report by Barclays Corporate Banking Manufacturing found that the new trend for manufacturers selling direct-to-consumer will add £24 billion into the industry by 2023.
  • 32% of consumers are buying directly as a conscious decision to support the UK manufacturing sector.
  • In 2019, manufacturing firms accounted for 58% of all R&D capital expenditure in the UK.

While importing and purchasing products from overseas can initially seem cheaper, in fact, you may end up spending more in the long run. The cost of labour and materials may be less overseas, but very often you take a hit on quality in comparison to purchasing from a reputable UK manufacturer. A quality, UK-made product will stand the test of time and offer better value for money in the long term. 

Here at XL Displays we pride ourselves on our UK designed and manufactured products. Our prices are competitive but we never compromise on the quality of our products and services.

Pop Up Stands

Our pop-up stands are a popular option because they are portable, very simple to set up and give maximum backdrop coverage. We only use genuine Ultima® Displays Evolution Quick Plus pop up stand hardware. All print, finishing, graphic design and manufacturing is done in-house at our premises in Peterborough UK. The quality of our Pop Up Stands is backed by an industry-leading 10 year warranty that comes with the hardware. We also conduct a test build to ensure the quality is at its best before we dispatch the finished display stand to you.  

Fabric Displays

Our fabric displays offer a unique alternative to traditional rolled vinyl & PVC graphics. We are a leading supplier of portable Tension Fabric Displays & Formulate Stretch Fabric Displays; all our fabric products are manufactured in the UK and use well-known, unbeatable Formulate hardware. All our fabric displays are manufactured and printed using dye-sublimation on-site at our UK manufacturing facility. This means we can offer fabric graphics at competitive prices, backed by our award-winning customer service.

Roller Banner Stand

All of our roller banner use genuine Ultima® Displays and just like the pop-up stands we print, finish, design and manufacture in-house. All our roller banner stock comes from the UK and is supported by comprehensive 1, 2, 5 year or lifetime guarantees depending on the banner you choose. We can offer lengthy guarantees because we’re 100% assured of the quality of our product manufacturing and assembly.

Branded Table Cloths

We print our branded tablecloths in-house using quality UK woven tablecloths that are commonly used in the hospitality and hotel industry. Our full print dye-sublimation tablecloths are printed and hand-cut in-house. We go above and beyond to deliver you a quality, UK-made product. That’s why all of our tablecloths are overlocked to prevent fraying and also to improve the drape of your cloth. Thanks to the dye-sublimation printing method we use, you can rest assured that the quality of your print or branding will be high quality, giving you a vivid, eye-catching design that will stand the test of time.

See What Our Customers Say About Us

The best way to uncover the truth about our products and services isn’t to take our word for it - instead, our Trustpilot reviews speak for themselves. With more than 16,000 reviews giving us a score of 4.9 out of 5, and 99% of individual reviews rating us ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’, you can order from XL Displays safe in the knowledge that you’ll be delivered a top-quality product, at a market-leading price, and that our award-winning customer service team is on hand should you need any advice or information. 

Trustpilot is a completely independent review site that we have no control over - but it is a valuable tool for us, as it allows us to closely monitor and respond to our customer experiences and valued opinions.

Here at XL Displays, we are proud to be a UK manufacturer, and we always strive to provide the highest quality of product for our customers. For more information please contact us or call our sales team on 01733 511030.

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