One in six British manufacturers have brought their manufacturing operations back to this country from overseas in the last three years, according to a survey by manufacturing trade body EEF.
Manufacturing has most often been brought back from China (40% of manufacturers surveyed).
Chinese wages have increased rapidly in recent years, and the cost savings that were previously found in regions like the Far East are now less stark.
UK manufacturers are also keen to protect quality and reduce transport costs.
Eastern European countries were the next most common area for companies to repatriate manufacturing operations from.
In 2009, one in seven companies had brought manufacturing back to the UK, according to EEF.
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