A steady supply chain is vital to any manufacturer’s daily operations. Consequently, new supply chain options have been created to reinforce their chains against the various unprecedented environmental, economic and political problems.

Despite the events of the past few years, many companies have managed to maintain their crucial supply chains by exploring new methods of fulfilment. This involved re-evaluating every aspect of the chain, from discovering local suppliers to new transportation methods and investigating more environmentally friendly options.

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Supply chains have been stabilised for many manufacturers, but this is no guarantee for the future. The only sure way to ensure a robust supply chain is to constantly work on improving your connected chain.

Results of Supply Chain Disruptions

Unprecedented world events have put a significant strain on supply chains and threatened the productivity of many suppliers.

Supply chains have two sides, upstream and downstream, with manufacturers in between. Upstream refers to receiving items such as raw materials, and downstream involves passing on your manufactured goods and fulfilling your client’s orders.

The main challenge that harmed various supply chains was the erratic nature of upstream. Many international companies rely on raw materials from countries like China. As a result, unexpected delivery disruptions would extend lead times, increase costs and affect the chain downstream.

The transportation of goods is still struggling to recover from these disruptions. Ship shortages, port shutdowns, and shipping container shortages create potential delays for supply chains. Whether a Chinese port in a quarantined province or delays at UK’s Felixstowe port, manufacturers need to assess their resources routes for their time and cost efficiency.

These challenges revealed the importance of the international supply chain to the economy. The ripple effect of a supply chain disruption will affect every element of its connected chain and have potentially dire consequences for associated businesses.

Effective supply chain management is crucial for spring manufacturers who wish to avoid as many disruptions as possible and maintain their productivity.

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3 Supply Chain Management Phases

Maintaining a solid supply chain involves employing management methods and customising them to best suit your specific operations.

International supply chains are not as reliable as they used to be. Managers can no longer assume the estimates they once did and must reassess the situation with every order. Fortunately, three straightforward techniques will build a resilient supply chain.

  • Design is the initial planning stage. An essential time when you’ll create a plan for sourcing the raw materials needed from suppliers and how best to transport them.
  • Planning has a similar sounding function as design but with a unique difference. The design will create a detailed plan for a durable supply chain, but planning will add necessary contingencies so you can adapt to any unforeseen changes. Supply and demand is a fluid element of business that changes throughout the year. Therefore, an adaptable supply chain is far more successful than a rigid one resistant to change.
  • Execution is how your planned designs will be enacted and their progress. Manufacturers will need to monitor the progress of their sourced materials and distribution to their clients. Any potential disruptions should be identified early and compensated for to prevent the supply chain from weakening.

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Supply Chain Management Benefits

As an international springs and pressings manufacturer, we deeply understand how vital a robust supply chain is to maintain high productivity. Every link in the chain needs to be relied upon to create the most robust supply chain possible and not interrupt your planned daily operations.

One valuable technique is diversification. Diversification helps compensate for any erratic behaviour along the supply chain and limits the collateral damage of any disruptions. By committing your upstream materials to a single route, any disruption will be catastrophic to your plans. Diversifying your materials across various transportation routes (or from several suppliers) will guarantee that you receive at least a portion of your raw materials without delay.

Another method is to explore closer suppliers. International logistics are an increasingly complex operation to monitor; the farther your goods travel, the likelihood of problems increases. The distance can also affect the financial cost of delays that will compensate for the problem. With less distance to travel, your chain will encounter fewer obstacles and be more reliable.

A managed supply chain is a strong one. Doing so can increase your chain’s visibility and improve your collaboration with suppliers up and downstream. In addition, persistent corrections to agreed-upon deadlines will lower your business partners’ trust in your company. Effective management will also reduce additional costs and help you maintain an open, honest dialogue with your clients regarding lead times.

European Springs are one of the leading manufacturing companies in Ireland, producing the highest quality springs, pressings and wire forms for a broad range of clients globally.

 

The gender gap is an issue many male-dominated industries are looking to close. It became such an issue that in 2018, any business or company with over 250 employees must report gender pay gaps, which still applies to date. This enforcement of reporting inconsistencies encourages companies to address their equality in paying wages.

However, the gender gap goes beyond the wages, with the manufacturing industry having significant gaps in the number of employees representing the female gender. At European Springs, we strongly believe in the positive impact closing the gender gap can have on the road to where equality remains as nothing more than the box you tick for data collection.

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The Importance of Women in STEM

Studies have shown that since 2010, there has been a 16% rise in women in STEM studies and careers. This rise took the original 562,000 women to an impressive 963,000 in 2021. Whilst this increase is welcomed by the STEM industries. However, it is a long way off from closing the gender gap.

When there are amble labour and skill shortages, closing the gap is not only to increase the awareness of equality in the workplace, especially one so heavily male-dominated, but also to assist the UK in achieving a complete workforce. Furthermore, by supporting and actively participating in female recruitment, STEM industries could help relieve the pressure off overworked staff and increase productivity and morale within the workplace.

Stem female students

Women are vital, especially within the manufacturing process. Many developments, apps, products and much more are not considerate of the female gender due to the significant lack of women in the manufacturing process. Take Apple, for example. On the release of its health app in 2015, it neglected to equate women’s health requirements. This fault was due to the gap in female leads on the project. Without such, it meant the app was centred around the male physique.

Another example of such is butchering. All the standard equipment that most commercial butchering facilities provide for safety doesn’t equate to the natural size of women compared to men and leaves them with unsuitable health and safety wear which could cause significant issues. With more women in the planning, designing and manufacturing positions, the more these errors would be eradicated.

 

Opportunities Available for Women

Considering women equate to approximately 48% of the labour market, there is still much work to do to close the gender gap within manufacturing. For example, only 8% of women take up apprenticeships in manufacturing, and only 11% of women are currently in executive director roles.

Whilst there is no official exclusion of women, and they are always welcome to apply for any role within the STEM industries, there is still more which could be done. Positive discrimination and more flexible skill requirements, such as soft skills over hard skills, would help to bridge the gap for women.

female engineer

Soft skills have historically been associated with women but can offer just as much value to a project as hard skills such as IT literacy. Soft skills such as leadership abilities, organisation and quick learning can offer a company much more valuable assets than industry-specific experience.

However, there are many opportunities that women can take advantage of to help them kickstart their careers in the STEM industries. For example, Brunel University in London offers a very successful program for graduates called Women in Engineering and Computing. Since its rollout, they have assisted over 600 new employees in finding positions within STEM industries. Although they are not as widespread as we would like to see as a spring manufacturer, it is the start of aiming for an all-inclusive sector.

Another fantastic opportunity for women is the Meri Williams Scholarship for the University of Bath. This scholarship is offered to all women or non-binary students who wish to work within the STEM sector and will cover £9,000 for the course. Assistance like this goes a long way to encourage more of these students to follow fulfilling careers and have opportunities to change the world, which many other industries don’t offer.

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Supporting Women In STEM Careers

As an experienced pressing company that strives for an equal industry, we offer a fully comprehensive engineering apprenticeship program open to all genders and skill levels. We take on apprenticeships year-round, with most of our apprentices being provided with the opportunity for a full-time career in their area of expertise. We also support development through in-job training, allowing staff to progress in their careers without needing to look for a new position elsewhere.

The STEM industry has significantly upped its self-awareness of the gender gap. With many organisations set up to support women and non-binary into stem careers, including the likes of STEM Women, which showcases all the jobs available, working alongside universities, employers and students to find the suitable match for all.

If you would be interested in a career with us, learning about our processes as spring suppliers, you can enquire online using our contact form. One of our helpful team members will get back to you with more information about all our courses and opportunities accessible for women wishing to begin their STEM careers.

 

For many years, manufacturing companies have attempted to create a permanent solution to the labour shortage. But unfortunately, these unfilled positions have a distinctly negative impact on the industry, which is why it’s vital to find new ways of supporting people interested in starting a career in manufacturing.

At European Springs, we firmly believe in the positive effect of new people on the industry. Each individual can not only bring a unique perspective on working processes, but they can be a worthwhile investment in managing new technologies and ideas during a long and profitable career.

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What’s the Manufacturing Skills and Gender Gap?

 

Over 270 thousand businesses exist within the UK manufacturing industry, making this industry a prominent part of the national economy and a significant part of the jobs market. However, despite this wealth of positions, there is a considerable recruitment shortage across all STEM sectors.

At the start of 2022, the British chamber of commerce predicted record-low recruitment figures as part of their quarterly recruitment outlook. These figures represented the increased recruitment difficulties that 79% of employers are struggling with, for which there are many reasons, but most commonly, it’s attributed to the lack of skilled labour.

The struggle to find skilled labour parallels the industry’s technological improvements. To remain competitive, STEM businesses are constantly exploring innovations and advancements such as cloud computing, industrial IoT and CNC machines. These improvements allow compression spring manufacturers such as ourselves to significantly optimise our work methods and process, increasing our efficiency while also maintaining higher productivity.

Unfortunately, these changes have led to skills gaps and labour shortages that were a struggle to solve. Upskilling team members into new positions has been an excellent tool for improving the adaptability of the STEM workforce. Still, we believe the long-term solution is to embrace the benefits of engineering apprenticeships.

One element of STEM industries that we strive to change is the misconception that it’s a male-orientated career choice. As expert tension spring manufacturers, we are aware that female representation in manufacturing is relatively low. However, we firmly believe that equally, both genders can bring significant improvements to our industry when the path is taken through one of our apprenticeships or as a STEM graduate initiative.

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Progress on Filling the Skills and Gender Gap

 

Despite these issues, these troublesome gaps are slowly closing thanks to apprenticeship schemes and post-graduate initiatives. New research taken by EngineeringUK has revealed that progress is being made, with a 6% increase in female engineers to 16.5% over the comparative 10.5% reported in 2010. These percentages represent the original 562,000 women employed in STEM jobs which increased to 963,00 in 2021. This coincides with the general staff increase from 5.3 million in 2010 to 5.6 million in 2021. Additionally, thanks to various supportive initiatives, the number of female engineers has been steadily growing even when the total number of engineers dropped in 2020 and 2021.

Changes like this prove that both genders profit from successful careers in manufacturing, and employers can gain a lot from encouraging women to join them as engineers.

Examples of Success

 

Ireland is home to some of the best institutions for studying STEM, with the University College Dublin, NUI Galway and Trinity College Dublin all providing prestigious courses to get any woman started on her manufacturing career. This can be enhanced by exploring the many funding opportunities available to postgraduates. With the increased innovations being developed for manufacturing each year, the opportunities for female apprentices or postgraduates have never looked better, which has also had a significantly positive effect on increasing the staff numbers for STEM jobs.

Many scholarships and bursaries specifically aim to provide an accessible route into the STEM sectors. For example, Brunel University in London offers a hugely successful program for graduates as well as undergraduates called Women in Engineering and Computing (WiBEC). Since its inception, this mentorship scheme has supported over 600 female students in their goals to start careers in manufacturing or STEM.

In 2021, UCAS data provided by HESA had shown a notable increase in female STEM students to 35%, a total of 112,720 women pursuing their goals of finding a career in manufacturing or other STEM sectors.

The adoption of EDI principles has been a big step in allowing female engineers to help fill the skills gap. In addition, many manufacturers have embraced the equality, diversity & inclusion guidelines (stated in the EDI) to assist in creating a more diverse workforce.

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Manufacturing Apprenticeships at European Springs

 

As experienced spring manufacturers, we at European Springs Ireland support these initiatives with our highly successful apprenticeship schemes. We also celebrate the 23rd of June as National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) annually because we firmly believe that everyone can enrich the industry.

Our apprenticeships follow the Mechanical Manufacturing Apprenticeship framework and award a BTEC Level 3 certificate in Engineering operations and Maintenance. Please contact us directly if you’d like to know more about our apprenticeships.

Continual growth and progress are essential parts of being successful in this highly competitive manufacturing industry. At European Springs, we embrace the changing nature of the industry as we all move to an eco-friendlier approach to our manufacturing. We continually work to find new innovative solutions that match the UK government’s goal of Net-Zero carbon by 2050. In this blog, we’re talking about one such new idea to help reduce our industry’s carbon footprint, Air Source Heat Pumps.

What are Air Source Heat Pumps?

An Air Source Heat Pump (or ASHP) is a machine designed to provide heating for your workplace at a much higher efficiency than most methods and is more cost-effective. An ASHP achieves this because it transfers the heat it absorbs from the outside air into the designated indoor space.

air source heat pumps

The ASHP is connected to your existing heating setup, so you don’t have to make extensive changes to your building; just augment your current system with a superior upgrade. Specific air source heat pumps can also be used as a cooling system during the warmer summer months; you’ll find both installed outside of a building or on the roof to allow space and ventilation.

There are two main types of ASHP:

  • Air to water heat pumps transfers the outside heat into your central heating system to provide radiator heat, hot water, and anything else installed by your heating system.
  • Air to air heat pumps do much the same, except rather than transferring the outside heat into your central heating system, the warmth is transferred directly into the room via a fan.

Are Air Source Heat Pumps Affected by the Weather?

Whilst warmer weather is better for ASHPs to operate, they still work effectively in cold weather. Warm weather allows the machine to function at 100% capacity efficiently as it is unhampered when extracting the warm air and transferring it where you need it.

During colder months, it will lose efficiency down from 100% to roughly 80-90%, which will marginally increase your heating bills as the machine compensates. This problem usually occurs when your ASHP has exposed piping rather than covered.

Choosing how you install your ASHP will depend mainly on the severity of the weather your business endures year-round; as spring manufacturers in Ireland, we encounter only short periods below freezing, so an ASHP is a perfect choice for our needs.

Advantages of Air Source Heat Pumps

UK Net-Zero

There are many advantages when investing in an air source heat pump, but its low carbon footprint is one of the most prominent. They even have the ability to be used with a zero-carbon emissions rating. This zero-carbon rating is a green energy tariff that is agreed upon between you and your energy supplier.

Green Electricity Tariffs

Most energy suppliers have the option of a green tariff that helps their customers be a part of renewable energy sources. The supplier can manage this because they match the electricity used to verify sources of renewable energy. For example, wind farms, solar panel arrays or hydroelectric power stations are examples of where they match the energy used for your air source heat pumps. These renewable energies are then fed back into the national grid; the more businesses that sign up for it, the more green energy is in the supply.

Renewable Heat Incentive

The Renewable Heat Incentive (or RHI) is another advantage of choosing ASHP for your heating. This scheme, supported by the UK government, encourages businesses to install renewable energy technologies and offers financial support to achieve this. ASHP systems are eligible for this grant, making them an excellent choice for your company’s approach to helping the environment.

Net-Zero 2050

Over a quarter of the UK’s electricity is generated by wind, solar or hydro. With so many options for renewable energy, its become more accessible than ever for a business to contribute to the Net-Zero initiative while saving money on their energy bills.

The Net-Zero initiative plans to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions to zero. It’s an achievable and affordable vision to substantially help the environment but will heavily impact gas spring manufacturers and many other sectors and industries. The current phase of this initiative is to reduce emissions by 78% (which is -63% relative to 2019) by 2035. By choosing to be a part of these green tariffs and adjusting your working processes accordingly, even the busiest manufacturers can be proud of their positive impact on the environment.

Low Maintenance and Easy Installation

air source heat pump

Another advantage to these heat pumps is how easily they can become part of your current heating plan. Installing an ASHP is easier than installing a ground source heat pump due to the many choices available for installation, especially if you time the installation with any other builds or renovations you have planned.

Air source heat pumps require very little attention once installed. Booking a maintenance service once a year is recommended but simply making sure your external ASHP is unobstructed by any debris such as leaves or rubbish, your ASHP should run smoothly year-round.

Disadvantages of Air Source Heat Pumps

One disadvantage to note is that they can be noisy. The air to air units will create substantial noise as they transfer heated air into your building, but this problem can be solved by carefully choosing the best place to install your new ASHP.

As mentioned previously, your average ASHP will have lower performance when working in colder temperatures, specifically below 0°C will have an adverse effect as the unit will need to work harder.

The cost of use for an ASHP is not much different from any current heating plan. However, the investment required to install it and replace your current system will be significant. This problem is solvable through the aforementioned green tariffs and grants, such as the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Springs Manufacturers and Suppliers

We at European Springs & Pressings believe that our role as a springs manufacturer and pressings company requires adaptability to the shifting economies and the environmental needs around us. We are confident in our industry’s ability to address these issues with new and innovative designs such as air source heat pumps.

If you are interested in any of our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us online, and one of our engineers will happily answer any of your questions.

 

In recent years, the world has changed so much, and technology has risen to become the most significant driver of our society’s growth and progress. With STEM careers becoming more available, there are a growing number of profitable STEM careers for young people to choose from.

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We at European Springs Ireland honestly believe that investing in new young engineers benefits the industry as a whole. Please continue reading to discover the benefits of a STEM career and how to get young people excited to be a part of it.

Explain What STEM Means For Them

It’s easy to think that STEM has only a single meaning. While it’s true that STEM is the acronym for:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics

These words are not everything STEM stands for. Instead, it is the concept of taking all four disciplines and combining them into a unified approach to learning, something more significant than the sum of their parts. By studying STEM or pursuing a career within the industry, you open yourself up to various career choices and possibilities.

STEM careers are not simply the end of the road from a STEM education program. Instead, they continue to help build your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. As an experienced pressings company, we encourage the close teamwork common in engineering environments. These supportive work environments will help build a person’s initiative-taking, teamwork abilities, and general communication skills. These varied skills are helpful in more than just engineering; they could help a young person with any future STEM career, again, providing options for their future.

Awareness of STEM Careers?

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STEM can seem too vague a career trajectory for many young people to grasp fully. Moreover, it can be off-putting not to have a single laser-focused objective for your future career. Without clear goals in life, it can be easy to wander or feel like your efforts are not getting you anywhere. So we recommend explaining the applicable positions they can apply for within the broad sector.

STEM Careers can cover almost every facet of our lives:

  • Science covers everything from doctors, dentists, physicists, chemists and biologists.
  • Technology covers the digital world of web developers, software testers and general graphic creation.
  • Engineering has the broadest coverage of career possibilities regarding STEM—civil, electrical and agricultural engineering or manufacturing such as our spring manufacturers in Ireland.
  • Mathematics will offer you financial or research analysis or a move into economics and statistics.

By providing suggested career goals within the sector, you can help provide purpose and drive to young people and help them find a passion for a STEM career. It’s easier to dream about being a chemist, research analyst or engineer than to dream about being a general STEM worker.

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How to Get Started in STEM?

Across the UK, there are various scholarships, bursaries and apprenticeships available. Many employers are currently actively searching for graduates from STEM courses because they understand the importance of these highly skilled people for the industry’s future.

This desire has led to an increase in excellent funding opportunities for postgraduate students, especially for female students. But this is just one way you can explore a STEM career, which you can learn more about in our associated article.

For example, Brunel University in London offers a mentoring program called Women in Engineering and Computing (WiBEC) that supports young female graduates and undergraduates to enter a career in STEM. This program has existed since 2014 and has benefitted over 600 female students with industry advice from mentors.

We recommend reading the student newsletter and websites of the universities you’re interested in to find out what will be the best choice for your start in STEM.

mentor teaching STEM student

Best Universities to Study STEM?

The UK is world-renowned for being one of the best countries to study STEM in. With highly-rated institutions for all industry elements, there are many options for places to study.

When choosing your university, you may find that they specialise in one part of STEM more than the others. So, for example, a university with a high rating for engineering postgraduate courses may not rank as highly for postgraduate mathematics courses. This means that if you choose conventional STEM rankings for universities, you may not get a clear image of what they are good at because they group all of STEM into one rating.

We recommend looking deeper at the individual courses the institution teaches. See what they specialise in and pride themselves on teaching. For example, a university that doesn’t rate highly in overall STEM may rate very highly in one element, such as engineering.

Institutions like the Trinity College Dublin, the University College of Cork and the National University of Ireland in Galway are all in the top 500 educational establishments for STEM worldwide and boast impressive placement rates in various sectors from medical to engineering. By choosing any of these, you will be earning a cost-effective quality education and beginning a very profitable career in any of the STEM careers mentioned previously.

Engineering Apprenticeship Schemes

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As spring suppliers, we at European Springs Ireland are proud to offer incredible apprenticeship schemes that follow the Mechanical Manufacturing Apprenticeship framework. In addition, we award BTEC Level 3 certificates in Engineering operations and Maintenance.

There are so many fascinating, fulfilling careers in STEM available, with more being created each year. With so many learned institutions providing quality education and helpful bursaries, now is the time to explore your own bright future with a STEM career.

If you have any questions about getting started in STEM or specifically about our apprenticeship schemes, please don’t hesitate to contact us online today. One of our engineers will happily answer your questions.

There are no two ways around it; it’s been an unusual two years. Cast your mind back to 2016 when we were blissfully unaware of Covid-19, and the country’s talking point was Brexit. Then, the nation sent off their votes for the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum on the 23rd of June 2016, which resulted in us leaving the EU.

 

British, Irish, and European Union flags

 

Since then, the country has shifted, and industries have been affected in various ways, some positive and some negative. Alongside the pandemic, it’s difficult to remember what life was like pre-2020. One of the industries that was affected the most was manufacturing. Brexit halted the supply chain, product sourcing was forced to remain local, and delays were abundant.

Thus, as leading spring manufacturers in Ireland, we wanted to know how the Irish manufacturing industry stands now. Have there been any improvements to the industry over the last two years? What struggles are Irish manufacturers still facing? We’re looking at the facts and figures to determine how Irish manufacturers cope with Brexit two years on.

 

Struggles the Industry Faced Early On

The list of struggles that the manufacturing industry faced early on in the post-Brexit world was extensive. It took a long time to adapt to the new rules, regulations, laws, and protocols, and even now, Irish manufacturers have to adjust their work practices to comply with said changes. So let’s take a look at some of the struggles the industry faced early on:

  • Supply. Brexit put trading on halt whilst new protocols were put into place, ultimately affecting the supply chain. Millions of jobs were affected as delays grew. Despite this, the demand never slowed down, which significantly strained the industry.
  • Frequent protocol changes. Another struggle that the manufacturing industry faced, alongside other sectors around the country, was the confusion due to the frequent protocol changes. Northern Ireland, in particular, were in a difficult position, which is why the Northern Ireland Protocol was implemented, which we will discuss in further detail below.
  • Customs. Customs were amongst the factors that caused delays to the supply chain. In addition, as the border restrictions differed for UK and EU countries, there were added costs, tighter regulations, and more confusion as migrant workers dealt with the changes.

 

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How the Industry Coped with New Trading Rules

Initially, the industry struggled with these changes, particularly in Northern Ireland, where the confusions and changes only worsened. This was when the Northern Protocol was introduced. This protocol was negotiated in 2019, agreed upon, and concluded in December 2020. It allows delivery lorries to transport goods without paperwork or having their merchandise checked when they cross the Northern Ireland border into the Republic of Ireland.

This was a huge relief to the manufacturing industry, especially as it was put into place to help with the delays and supply chain issues the sector was facing beforehand. Before Brexit, operating an open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland was easy as they were both part of the EU, so both followed the EU’s trade rules. This meant no checks were required, so the process was smooth, quick, and straightforward. However, as discussed, after Brexit, the EU’s trading rules became more strict, and as the Republic of Ireland is still part of the EU, the difficulty to trade between there and Northern Ireland worsened.

When the Northern Ireland Protocol was agreed, manufacturing companies could breathe a sigh of relief as their struggles were heard and trading became a little easier. However, it also came with a set of its own struggles. Because the checks are no longer taking place along the Irish border, it was settled that inspections and document checks would happen between Northern Ireland and Great Britain instead.

This meant that a new trade border was essentially created in the Irish Sea, which received a lot of criticism amongst more confusion. The UK government now says that the Northern Ireland Protocol is too rigid and calls for changes, including removing paperwork checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

As Irish spring suppliers, who supply all over the UK and Europe, we’re interested in these seemingly ever-changing rules and regulations. Although they sound all doom and gloom, have there been any improvements in how Irish manufacturers cope with Brexit?

 

Engineers shaking hands with clients on a worksite

 

Have There Been Any Improvements?

Recent surveys have revealed that Irish manufacturers have made “significant strides” with the Northern Ireland Protocol and have gotten to grips with the changes quickly in the last six months. In July 2021, a shocking 40% of Irish manufacturing businesses claimed to be struggling with the new protocol and the implications it brought. However, this percentage was down to less than 25% in January 2022; excellent news for the industry, bringing hope to a sector that took a massive hit during Brexit and the pandemic.

One of the most remarkable outcomes of this strange time is that Irish manufacturers were somewhat forced to source locally. As materials and products were difficult to get hold of during the height of the Brexit negotiations, businesses found ways to source materials locally which was fantastic for small, local businesses.

As industry-leading spring manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, we have experienced the hardships of Brexit firsthand and are relieved to be coming out of the other side with a clearer idea of where the sector stands.

We produce and supply springs, pressings, and metal components to a wide range of industries and offer incredible bespoke services so your business can get exactly what it needs. Get in touch today to enquire about our products.

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