Rising costs of energy, supply chain shortages and the journey to net zero are all serious challenges to the manufacturing industry. 

At Bex, we believe that print shouldn’t contribute to these issues. Indeed, we do everything we can to be part of the solution, rather than the problem. 

Often the final piece of the jigsaw for manufacturers, printed components including labels, overlays and membrane switches need to be turned around quickly, sustainably, with high quality and competitive prices. 

It’s for these reasons that we’re seeing more and more manufacturers trust UK based businesses to help simplify their supply chain and keep costs down.

Photo of an Electronics Factory Workers Assembling Circuit Boards by Hand While it Stands on the Assembly Line. High Tech Factory Facility.

Rising price of energy

It can’t have escaped your notice that the price of energy has risen at alarming rates. It is one of the biggest issues facing the manufacturing industry today. 

More than ever, manufacturers are placing an emphasis on getting things right first time, so that re-manufacturing, and therefore using more energy, is not required.

Getting the right print supplier that you can rely on to deliver quality products every time can help with reducing the need for reworks. 

At Bex, all of our products are thoroughly checked, both functionally and visually, before dispatch to customers, so you can rest assured that your components are up to scratch, meaning you won’t need to waste valuable time and energy on reworks.

Supply chain issues

Further issues facing manufacturers across all sectors are the shortages and rising costs of raw materials. Global supply chain issues are affecting industries in different ways, but they are having an impact for everyone.

Similar to the rising price of energy, rising costs and shortages of raw materials are shining a light on the enormous negative impact that re-manufacturing and waste of materials can have on a business. 

With this in mind, it makes sense to partner with a print supplier that reliably keeps materials in stock, helping to keep costs and lead times to a minimum. 

At Bex, we’ve always placed importance on keeping materials in stock, but amid the recent economic uncertainty, it has become critical. We have increased our stock levels and we keep an emergency supply to safeguard against global supply chain issues. 

Keeping materials in stock means we can offer competitive lead times, and be reactive to urgent requests. We take the stress away from customers as they know that they can rely on us to turn their orders around quickly. Those labels and last minute orders to complete their products are one thing they don’t have to worry about.


The road to net zero has been challenging manufacturers for a while, but the urgency is growing. Reducing the carbon footprint of a business and adopting energy efficient practices are no longer ‘nice to haves’, and are quickly becoming essential. 

So how can choosing your print partner help towards your sustainability efforts? Bringing your print supplier back from overseas to a UK based supplier can have a massive impact. It is no longer enough for businesses to simply think about in-house green efficiencies, but they need to be mindful of their entire supply chain. Choosing a UK based supplier can help to slash your carbon footprint.

Here at Bex, we are proud of our green credentials, including our 30KW solar panel array installed on the roof of our factory. We also control wastage by using pre-cut materials whenever possible.Contact us to find out more.

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