After posting so much poor news about our China and Glass Industry, at last I can announce some positive News as Portmeirion China has issued impressive figures for the year ending 31st December 2008. Profits of over £1.4 million are true reward for the change of fortunes for this long established factory still based in Stoke-on-Trent.
The iconic pattern Botanic Garden Tableware still sells, though not in the volumes of its heydays. The products that are driving sales today are Sophie Conran White China Tableware, Crazy Daisy Tableware and the Giftware of The Very Hungry Caterpillar designed by Eric Carle.
The company has cleverly balanced outsourcing product whilst still investing and retaining some production in the UK. The products are sold worldwide with the UK accounting for 32% of Sales, USA 34% and South Korea 17%.
These are challenging times for all and particularly for the manufacturing industries. It is tremendous to see a company not only survive but to prosper when many better known Factories have gone to the wall.
From a retailers perspective the key elements to the success start as they always do with innovative, aspirational product at the right price that the consumer is happy to buy. This is supported by our representative Rob Britton and our correspondent at the factory Elaine.
Long may our relationship continue and whilst they keep our customers interested and buying the product, we will continue to support and promote them.