The complexities of an international factory relocation

12 December 2022
Flegg - The complexities of an international factory relocation

Considering an international factory location in today’s climate can feel insurmountable.

Brexit, inflation, supply chain disruption and the Russo-Ukrainian war have caused a cascade of operational and logistical challenges. All of these can exacerbate the existing complexities of an international factory relocation.

For businesses wanting to relocate, the question is, is it worth the cost, the time, and the upheaval?

Reasons for relocating

A business may be inclined to relocate for several reasons. An international relocation can bring numerous benefits to a business: access to new markets, a greater labour pool and tax benefits are just a few. For some companies, it’s a lucrative and effective business decision, signifying undeniable business growth or gaining momentum in new regions. On the other hand, relocation may stem from a different business need. The economic climate has forced some businesses to relocate their assets and factories in order to downsize resources and maintain operations or find efficiencies by combining multiple locations and assets into a single entity.

Either way, without professional expertise and guidance, the impact of inevitable complexities may weigh down on any potential profitability and cause further concern among stakeholders.

How we help

Flegg’s project team continues to collaborate with a team of trusted partners. All are armed with specific expertise in customs, transport, and shipping of specialist cargo. Coupled with our in-house experts and resources including machine movers and lifting equipment; Flegg is well-placed to provide a comprehensive relocation service for small/single machine movements or for organisations looking to locate complete sites or business units.

In the past 18 months, we have completed several significant international factory re-locations; it’s fair to say that fulfilment has been more difficult than ever before.

Flegg has a team of experienced and knowledgeable in-house engineers available to support machinery dismantling and assembly activities. We can provide a range of packaging solutions dependent on environmental factors and transit duration.

In the past, the process was relatively straightforward in terms of planning and logistics.

Once the assets had been identified and a programme agreed upon, it was a simple case of removing the equipment from the factory, securing it onto a vehicle for safe transit and tracking to destination. Depending on the scope, we may also have arranged to provide engineering or lifting support at the receiving site – with locations all around the globe.

Unprecedented economic and political disruption has put pressure on all corners of the machinery moving industry. But we do not take disruption lightly. With this adversity has come newfound confidence and knowledge in our abilities to deliver, despite inevitable complexity. Complexity has forced us to hone our skills, improve our services, and expand our offering to further support our customers and ensure their businesses emerge from the relocation unscathed and thriving.

If you are moving capital equipment in/out or within the UK please contact our sales team who will be happy to discuss supporting your successful project.