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Portakabin Sees 19% Rise In Orders In The Manufacturing Sector - Another Indicator Of The Economic Upturn


The upturn in UK manufacturing has seen increasing demand for new buildings from Portakabin, the UK’s leading modular building manufacturer. UK manufacturing output rose 4.4% year-on-year in April according to the Office for National Statistics, its fastest pace in three years.

The latest snapshot survey of business conditions in engineering and manufacturing companies by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, describes the manufacturing sector as having “started 2014 with a bang”, with the sector growing 1.4% in the first quarter of this year, the strongest quarterly growth since 2010. This was the fourth consecutive quarter of growth.

Regionally, Yorkshire and Humber, home to the Portakabin Group’s international headquarters, was the second strongest area, with 50% of companies saying output had increased.

Portakabin has seen a 19% rise in orders from the manufacturing sector in the last nine months.  Recent projects have included a state-of-the-art research facility for the new International Institute for Nanocomposite Manufacturing at WMG at the University of Warwick and a 3,500m² interim office complex for Jaguar Land Rover, where rapid growth prompted the need for high-quality interim office accommodation for the car manufacturer’s sales and design teams.

Derek Carter, Chief Executive of the Portakabin Group, said, “Manufacturing has a vital role to play in the economic well-being of the UK and we are pleased to be helping other British manufacturers to move quickly as they develop and grow their businesses.” 

Modular solutions offer both speed and flexibility for manufacturers needing to respond to the rapidly-changing business environment.  Portakabin can radically reduce lead times for purpose-designed office accommodation, production control centres and amenity buildings, and ensure much less disruption to manufacturing plants.                                                                                                                                 

With a Portakabin modular solution, the construction process is moved off site and into a controlled factory environment.  The benefits include improved quality, much greater certainty of completion on time and on budget (99%), and programme times reduced by up to 50%.

Portakabin has the resources to deliver both bespoke projects and standardised accommodation solutions to organisations in the private sector, in the most challenging timescales and with less impact on the environment.

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