Buttonfix Limited, producer of Button-fix, the ingenious product used widely in construction trades and sign industries for fast and accurate installation of panels, has joined Made in Britain. Made in Britain is the membership organisation established to promote and encourage British manufacturing.
In the early days of Button-fix, product designers, Tony Wills and Brian Watson were determined to place the production of Button-fix with a UK manufacturer. “The potential savings from offshoring production did look a little tempting, says Tony Wills, “but because we didn’t want to settle for longer production lead times or potential quality issues, we chose a British manufacturer – a precision toolmaker and moulder, based in the Scottish Borders.
“The strength and quality of our panel fixings is paramount, and the independent test house we use to verify and certify properties such as load bearing and strength, works only with known manufacturers, so in that respect,our UK production set up serves us well.”
“We have a great working relationship with our manufacturer. A big plus is that they fulfil the entire production process under one roof. They are also close enough to visit a few times a year and are responsive to our volume ordering patterns, which means that working capital isn’t tied up in excess stock.”
When it comes to selling the Button-fix product range, the company is very well supported in the UK by leading companies such as Hafele, IronmongeryDirect and SDS London. It is also sold abroad in over 20 countries, including the United States and China through an international distribution network. “Products made in Britain have a certain cache in our export markets, says Brian Watson. “So, joining Made in Britain, and using the MIB mark, is a good way tohighlight the provenance of Button-fix and to fly the flag in our growing overseas markets.”
Further information at: button-fix.com