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Grant Shapps backs rail industry to bolster jobs during visit to manufacturer Silver Fox
By: Bob Little PR
During the visit, Shapps met employees from Silver Fox and the Railway Industry Association (RIA) and was given a tour of the site. He also unveiled a new specialist printing press, among a range of other machines, at Silver Fox's production site in Welwyn Garden City.
Silver Fox is a leader in its field, with Silver Fox labels being used by many sections of the industry, including Network Rail and Transport for London (TfL). It is also the only carbon negative manufacturer in its sector, promoting sustainable production in line with the Government's net-zero ambitions.
Grant Shapps said, "The British rail sector is a success story in generating jobs and prosperity. It contributes £43bn in economic growth every year and employs 710,000 people. The rail supply sector is rising to the UK's economic and environmental challenges, exporting, innovating, and upskilling in a sustainable way.
"Silver Fox is a shining example of this, and their innovation in cable labelling is not only winning business in world markets such as North America, India and Vietnam, but also providing increasing employment opportunities at home."
Silver Fox's Managing Director, Nick Michaelson, said, "It was fantastic to welcome our local MP, Grant Shapps, to visit our site in Welwyn Garden City, and to showcase our facilities. These new machines, allied to our increasingly knowledgeable and skilful local workforce, will further help us grow our presence in our niche market of labelling solutions – as well as cement our place as the UK's only carbon-negative manufacturer of cable labels.
"The significant investments – in both plant and people - we've made over the last few years have greatly expanded our production capacity, bringing benefits not just to Silver Fox, but also to the whole engineering industry, offering users of Silver Fox labelling solutions unique time-saving options which, for a time-critical project, can literally turn time into profit."
The new printing press, made by Nilpeter, will allow Silver Fox to address inquires with even more rapidity and help to make them even more competitive across the globe - with everything made in-house. With increasing demand both in the UK and Internationally, Silver Fox will now support its growing customer base across the globe, ensuring increased sales and staffing to drive this growth.
Silver Fox (www.silverfox.co.uk) manufactures and supplies cable, wire, and pipe labels for use in a range of industrial sectors around the world including, among others, Rail, Data, Power, Construction, Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas.