UK manufacturer of interior building solutions, SAS International, welcomed Madeleine Moon MP to its Bridgend facility to show “Made By Britain” was a reality in her constituency.
The “Made By Britain” campaign was launched by the Government’s Business Secretary, Vince Cable, and is looking to promote Britain’s best manufacturing firms, asking Members of Parliament to nominate examples of manufacturing excellence. SAS International is proud of its state-of-the-art factory and Ms Moon was given a tour of the facility.
Ms Moon commented: “It’s been interesting and encouraging that a UK manufacturing company like SAS International is doing so well both in the UK and overseas. I can see the high standard SAS manufacture their products to and commend their focus on staff training. Both are good examples of how UK manufacturing businesses stay competitive.”
Privately-held, SAS International has over 40 years expertise in the sector and has operated at the Bridgend site for over 25 years. There are currently 265 local employees at the SAS International site on Waterton Industrial Estate.
Mark McElhinney Managing Director from SAS International said: “Investment in skilled labour in the UK is key to ensure both manufacturing and the UK economy stay strong; it needs to be a virtuous circle. We hope that Ms Moon will take what she saw here today as a sign that we represent manufacturing excellence on her doorstep.”
SAS International also announced plans recently to extend its manufacturing facilities in Maybole, Ayrshire by 7500 sq m. The site in Bridgend, and a third in Oldbury, West Midlands, have already been refurbished and extended to meet demand for its products, and as the company continues to invest in premises and training for its staff and to support customers.
SAS International supplies products for building projects as far afield as Australia, the Middle East as well as through Europe, and experienced record pre-tax profits in 2010, with export orders increasing 127% year on year.