Hornby brings Humbrol manufacturing back to Britain

Lewis Tyler

By Lewis Tyler

November 29th 2012 at 10:39AM
Hornby brings Humbrol manufacturing back to Britain

Model paint products will no longer be made in China; New craft and DIY products due.

The manufacture of Humbrol paints and products is to return to UK shores.

Hornby made the decision to bring Humbrol back from China to improve supply and to 'ensure high quality standards to continue to be met'. Production will happen close to Hornby's HQ in Margate.

Product manager for Humbrol, Dale Luckhurst, said: “It’s been a busy 18 months relocating products back to the UK especially our largest range - enamel paints. Our entire colour range has been reformulated and colour matched back to original Humbrol standards. Over the next year, Humbrol will be growing as a model and craft brand. We will continue to support Airfix and our sister brands: Hornby, Scalextric and Corgi.”

The Humbrol range is currently comprised of over 460 different products and Luckhurst revealed that the Humbrol brand would be extended in the craft market.

He said: “We have released a number of new products targeting the fast growing craft and DIY market. More and more people are taking up craft based activities and as a brand, we are listening to that trend.

We’ve developed a number of new products to meet demand and as most of our manufacturing is now based in the UK we can work faster at giving retailers and consumers what they want.”

Humbrol originally moved manufacturing from Hull to China in the early 2000’s.

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