German based Craemer, a manufacturer of wheelie bins and pallets, recently bought 5.3 hectare at Hortonwood, Telford, UK to establish a new factory set to provide 70 new jobs. Construction is expected to begin mid-November 2017 and set to be completed by next November (2018). According to Steve Poppitt, Managing Director of Craemer UK, the Telford site will help to expand production strengthening the company’s position in both European and global markets.
MP of Wyre Forest, Mark Garnier, assured the German owned company about the future of the company post Brexit. Craemer is the subsidiary of Paul Craemer plastics and automotive component group and it makes close to 1 million plastic wheelie bins in Telford in a year. According to Garnier, UK manufacturing should secure zero tariff relationship with the EU but that being said 25 % of exports go to the USA where UK operates under WTO rules. Therefore, he added, tariffs don’t stop trade with other countries but UK doesn’t wants to disrupt the ongoing business model either.
From its opening in Telford in 2006, sales have risen from £5 million to £25.5 million and it has grown its wheelie bin market from 5% to 50% in the UK. Craemer supplies half the country’s councils and also supplies environmental, logistics and manufacturing industries with plastic pallets. Craemer had earlier invested £6.5 million in the extension of its factory in Telford in 2014 which included three new machines and added 95,000 square feet of space.
Recognized globally as a specialist for plastic processing, metal forming and tool marking, the German based company has production sites in Attendorn (Germany), Telford (Great Britain) and Liptovský Mikuláš (Slovakia). Since the mid 1990’s, Craemer has consistently expanded and it also has an independent sales subsidiary in France.