Trunki makes its debut in Totnes
THE first Trunki ride-on suitcase made in Totnes has come off the production line.
The town will benefit in the short term after production of the popular cases was moved from China to south Devon.
Entrepreneur Rob Law has moved production back to the UK in a bid to reduce costs, air miles, carbon footprint and drive design and innovation.
The move has created six jobs in Totnes, where the manufacture of future products will be done by Inject Plastics in the town's Ford Road.
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Mr Law said the aim of the move was to ensure 100 per cent of all Trunkis made for the UK and European markets are actually made in Great Britain.
Richard Bromley, managing director of Inject Plastics, said the deal with Trunki, which was 12 months in the making, would lead to the creation of up to 20 new jobs.
He said his firm hoped to make 150,000 units a year.
He added: "I'm very proud Trunki has decided to have some of its production in the UK.
"Because of that contract and some others, we have now outgrown our facilities in Totnes so by June we'll move to Plymouth to bigger facilities. We will be able to create some 20 new jobs as a result."
Trunki itself employs 25 people. Its head office is in Bristol. Mr Law said the firm had enjoyed a £6million turnover last year.