Manufacturing Industry in High Demand
The contract manufacturing sector experienced increased demands throughout 2020 and that has continued into 2021. COVID-19 restrictions, the furlough scheme, and Brexit preparations have disrupted supply chains across the United Kingdom.
Manufacturers have been operating with reduced staff and altered shift patterns, to maintain health and safety, and customer service. The back log of orders that has occurred due to this, is still being resolved by many manufacturers. Spending habits and product demands have also rapidly shifted throughout the pandemic, causing fluctuating orders at an accelerated pace to keep up with stock issues.
According to Rodney Steel the BCMPA’s Chief Executive, “despite all the challenges of 2020, from COVID-19 to Brexit, contract manufacturers, packers, fulfilment and logistic companies were busier than ever” (Nutraceutical Business Review, 2021).