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Reshoring: Clarks moves shoe manufacturing back to the UK

Geoff Riley

12th July 2017

Here is a really good contextual example of reshoring. The shoe manufacturer Clarks is moving some of their production back to the UK from China. 

The employment effects will be relatively modest because the Somerset factory will be heavily capital-intensive making extensive use of robotic technology.

An expanding number of businesses have announced reshoring investments recently including:

  • Cadbury's
  • Clarks
  • McLaren
  • Northern Flags
  • Telensa
  • Vodafone

But here is a cautionary report from the Financial Times drawing on a quote from Adidas

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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