HJ HALL: part of outsourced production moved back to UK
FIVE years after shifting most of its production to Turkey, UK sock knitter HJ Hall said it was preparing to relocate to its Hinkley factory much of the outsourced capacity. The move means that some 80 per cent of output would originate in the UK. The company produces several brands of high quality socks as well private label socks for leading UK department store chains. Higher wages in Turkey and higher transport costs are said to have prompted the move back to the UK.
Softop by HJ Hall
Because oil prices have been falling since April, it remains to be seen whether the trend in favour of repatriating production to the UK, and indeed to Europe, can be maintained.