PF Concept joins forces with UK manufacturer SPS
The booth of PF Concept at the PSI 2019.
Following the PF Concept acquisition of SPS EU Ltd in December 2017, the two companies has become one operation under the name of PF Concept UK Ltd. As part of the transition, PF Concept is making significant investments in the UK business to increase capacity, make it easier and faster for customers to place orders and deliver the best customer service possible.PF Concept and SPS combine their extensive product portfolios and present customers with one collection, offering The British Collection alongside PF Concept products, so that customers can still easily find their preferred products. In preparation for this, PF Concept has relocated its UK sales team and customer service functions to the SPS manufacturing site in Blackpool.
Pieter Boonekamp, vice president for sales and marketing, Europe at PF Concept said:“The UK market is very important for PF Concept. We’ve seen excellent growth in the UK already, and to accommodate this growth and prepare for more, the logical step is to combine our experienced and skilled teams. As we go to market in 2019 as one unified brand, we believe this will greatly enhance the customer service experience and make it much easier for customers to order from our collective range.” Phil Morgan, country manager UK & Ireland and former CEO at SPS adds: “Just as PF Concept is renowned for a fantastic product range and short lead times, SPS has a great reputation for UK manufacturing. With such a strong focus on the need for re-usable drinkware, our growth has been significant, and this additional investment will be critical to us meeting demand in the UK and across Europe. It’s an exciting time for our UK team, as we see continued investment helping us to become even stronger at what we do so well.”
The business has plans to expand its operations to take on an additional 30,000 sq.ft. next to the current Blackpool manufacturing facility. This area will become a dedicated print unit, supporting the team in delivering extra printing capabilities and helping to reduce current lead times. PF Concept has also acquired the assets of Paper Innovation, a specialist in sticky-note products. Quarter one of 2019 will see the launch of a wide range of sticky-note products, all manufactured in Blackpool. www.pfconcept.com