Hornby returns Humbrol manufacturing to the UK

Published on: 28th November 2012

Humbrol, the UK modelling brand owned by Hornby Hobbies, has moved over 60% of its model and craft manufacturing back to the UK from China.

Hornby Hobbies has relocated Humbrol’s manufacturing back to the UK from China to improve supply from a location nearer to its base in Margate. Humbrol originally moved manufacturing from Hull to China in the early 2000s.

Dale Luckhurst, product manager for Humbrol, said: “It’s been a busy 18 months relocating products back to the UK, especially our largest range, enamel paints. Our entire colour range has been reformulated and colour matched back to original Humbrol standards.

“Over the next year, Humbrol will be growing as a model and craft brand. We will continue to support Airfix and our sister brands: Hornby, Scalextric and Corgi. However, we have released a number of new products targeting the fast-growing craft and DIY market. More and more people are taking up craft-based activities and as a brand we are listening to that trend. We’ve developed a number of new products to meet demand, and as most of our manufacturing is now based in the UK, we can work faster at giving retailers and consumers what they want.”

Humbrol’s range of enamel paint, as well as its new acrylic sprays, is now produced in London and Manchester. Humbrol produces over 460 different products and accessories; new products include a Humbrol Work Station, additional spray paints, and new weathering powders.


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