Category Archives: Large Electrical Appliances

The Corby Trouser Press

Corby 7700 Walnut Trouser Press

Corby 7700 Walnut Trouser Press

I was reminded the other day when reading the Chap Manifesto of the long established Corby Trouser Press, which is a sort of gentleman’s valet stand with an electrically heated trouser press incorporated in it. They are commonly found in hotel rooms and homes. Corby are still making them in the UK. According to their UK website (6/1/15) “We continue to manufacture the world famous trouser press at home in the United Kingdom…” and according to their US website (6/1/15) “Corby of Windsor continues to make our pants presses, and many other products, at our UK headquarters in Huddersfield”.

The original John Corby Company (Corbys Ltd) was established by John Corby in Windsor in 1930. Production has taken place in various locations, including Peterlee, County Durham and in Andover, Hampshire. In 2009 John Corby Limited became part of Fired Up Corporation Ltd and the company relocated to Huddersfield and and re-branded Corby of Windsor. Corby of Windsor have a factory in Huddersfield, UK and a factory in China. Unfortunately Corby do not bother to give country of origin information alongside individual products on their website.

So, it appears that, whilst most Corby of Windsor products are made in China, the Corby Trouser Press is still made in Britain. It’s good to read that.

http://www.corbyofwindsor.com/store/uk/

This picture appears alongside pictures of Corby Trouser Presses on their website, stating made in England.

This picture appears alongside pictures of Corby Trouser Presses on their website, stating made in England.

Large Electrical Items (White Goods) Made in Britain – Water Coolers, Dehumidifiers, Freezers, Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers, Gas and Electric Fires, Hostess Trolleys, Cookers

New World cookers (part of Glen Dimplex) manufacture their built-in ovens, built-in hobs, range cookers, splashbacks, and some of their freestanding cookers in the UK. Their range hoods, refrigerators, freezers, and dishwashers are now foreign made. You can see which items are British made in their brochure – http://www.newworld.co.uk

New World NW-50HLGE freestanding cooker. Made in Britain.

New World NW-50HLGE freestanding cooker. Made in Britain.

Belling (again part of Glen Dimplex) range cookers, freestanding cookers, built in ovens and hobs are made in Britain – http://www.belling.co.uk

Belling GHU60GC 60cm gas hob with cast iron pan supports. Made in Britain.

Belling GHU60GC 60cm gas hob with cast iron pan supports. Made in Britain.

Stoves (again part of Glen Dimplex) freestanding cookers, built-in ovens & hobs and range cookers are made in Britain (their dishwashers and other products are foreign made though) – http://www.stoves.co.uk

Burco commercial catering equipment (again part of Glen Dimplex) still make a few of their products in the UK and it is worth asking them to supply your company with British made products. Their online commercial brochure and countertop brochure state which items are made in the UK. Burco products made in the UK include range cookers, their manual fill water boilers, pie cabinets, countertop convection oven, and their commercial Baby Belling countertop cooker – http://www.burco-lec.co.uk

Glen Dimplex also own Roberts Radios (a few of their more traditionally styled radios are still made in Britain), Xpelair fans and ventilation products (“with over 90 per cent of Xpelair product assembly in the UK” – note assembly not full manufacture), Creda (I don’t know if Creda heaters and showers are still British made) and Dimplex electric space and water heating (who appear to have factories in the UK and in Europe). Since 2005 they have also owned LEC Refrigeration. In 2005 domestic refrigerator production was moved from the Bognor Regis factory to the Glenn Dimplex site in Whiston, Merseyside. Production of specialist fridges continued at the large Bognor Regis site until 2007 when the factory was closed, with the factory being demolished in 2011. As far as I know LEC fridges are now foreign made. LEC were once, in the mid-1990s the second largest fridge maker in the UK after Hotpoint. It is good to read that Glen Dimplex manage to keep at least some of their production in the UK though – http://www.glendimplex.com

An old Creda made in UK electric wall heater. Photograph by author.

An old Creda made in UK electric wall heater. Photograph by author.

An old British made LEC larder fridge. Made a few years ago but still going strong in 2016. Photograph by author.

An old British made LEC larder fridge. Made a few years ago but still going strong in 2016. Photograph by author.

Flaming Grills manufacture their fire cooking for commercial kitchens in North Yorkshire – http://www.flaminggrills.com

Panasonic (making TVS and microwaves) and Sharp (making microwaves and solar panels) until recently (around 2014) had factories in the UK but these factories have now closed down.

Are there any companies still making microwave ovens in the UK?

Japanese company Sony make broadcast and professional video cameras in South Wales. They also manufacture for others and the Raspberry Pi computer is also made in their factory for example. As far as I know they do not make any domestic home electrical items like TVs in the UK anymore.

Sony might still have a disc (optical storage media) manufacturing operation (making CDs and DVDs; Sony DADC UK Ltd) in Southwater in West Sussex too. If the factory is still in Southwater it was formerly part of Rank’s Deluxe CD and DVD operation with the site being sold to Sony in 2006. The other Rank Organisation Deluxe CD and DVD factory in Blackburn became the Entertainment Distribution Company (EDC) factory after it was sold by Rank and the factory was closed and production moved abroad in 2010. Neighbouring Blackburn Microtech Solutions, formerly LG Philips and Mullards, makers of cathodes for televisions, other television components, audio amplification valves, 3D X-ray scanning technology for airport scanners and energy efficient light bulbs, closed down in 2009.

http://www.sony.co.uk

Also, please see Small Electrical and Televisions (TVs) and Radios made in the UK.

Blistering woodfired ovens are made in the UK – http://www.blisteringwoodfiredovens.co.uk

Arada manufactures Aarrow, Hamlet, Stratford and Villager multi-fuel and wood burning stoves. Designed and built in Devon, UK – http://www.aradastoves.com

Windy Smithy made a small range of outdoor tools to order, as well as wood burning stoves for the outdoors, in England – http://www.windysmithy.co.uk

Inka charcoal ovens are made in the UK. These are commercial charcoal ovens. The company moved production from Spain to the UK in 2012 in order to improve the efficiency of the supply chain and manufacturing process and reduce lead times – http://www.inka.co.uk

Bushman Wood Fired Ovens (for outdoors) are made in the UK – http://www.bushmanwoodfiredovens.co.uk/our-ovens.html

BB Wood Fired Ovens are made to be compact, insulated, and weather proof. Designed originally for the domestic garden the design has suited many street traders for their artisan pizzas and food, each being made by local craftsmen for 365 Outdoor Designs Limited in rural Somerset – http://www.bbovens.co.uk

Firemaker wood burning stoves, multi-fuel fires, luxury suspended fires, commercial outdoor BBQs, swing grills & fire pits are British-made – http://www.firemaker.co.uk

For more wood burners and wood and multi-fuel burning stoves please click here.

Falcon range cookers (part of AGA) are manufactured in the UK (their other products are foreign made) – http://www.falconappliances.com

AGA Rangemaster (makers of AGA and Rayburn cookers) range cookers and sinks are made in England (their other products are foreign made) – http://www.agarangemaster.com

Esse range cookers are made in the UK – http://esse.com

Eco Range Cooker Company range cookers are made in the UK – http://www.ecorangecooker.co.uk

These are made by the same people that own the Cosi cooker shop in Canterbury, who also sell other range cookers such as those below.

Everhot range cookers are made in the UK – http://www.everhot.co.uk

Heritage range cookers are made in England – http://www.heritagecookers.co.uk

Harrison Ovens are “HANDMADE IN THE UK WITH BRITISH-SOURCED COMPONENTS” according to their website – http://harrisonovens.london

Crosslee plc is an appliances company formed from the tumble dryer division of Philips. Its best known products are White Knight brand tumble dryers (which are all made in the UK). Other White Knight branded products such as washing machines, refrigerators, spin dyers, and dishwashers appear to be foreign made. Only White Knight tumble dryer safe made in the UK. Crosslee also manufacture all their flame effect gas or electric fire from Royal Cozyfires in the UK. Crosslee are also the manufacturer of Hostess trolleys. On the White Knight Appliances website (White Knight Appliances are an independent company specialising in selling White Knight appliances) it says “Please note all White Knight Tumble Dryers and Hostess trolleys are Manufactured here in the UK. Spin Dryers are Manufactured outside the UK”. However, it does not mention on the Hostess website where any of their products are actually made so you will need to check and whilst I am pretty certain that lots of their products are foreign made it might be that their Hostess Trolleys and possibly even hotplates (hot trays, buffet servers) are still made in the UK.

http://www.crosslee.co.uk

http://www.whiteknightrange.co.uk

http://www.royalcozyfires.co.uk

http://www.hostessrange.co.uk

http://whiteknightdryers.com

Kaymet have been manufacturing aluminium trays, trolleys and hotplates in London since 1947. They export to 17 countries from their Bermondsey factory. All items are made in their factory in London. They supply to the catering industry and to individuals – kaymet.co.uk

Precision Refrigeration make commercial refrigeration products for the food service industry. Precision’s British-built refrigeration meets the needs of the most demanding customers around the world, in a variety of foodservice establishments including restaurants, hotels, bars, fast food chains and production kitchens – http://www.precision-refrigeration.co.uk

Whilst most Corby of Windsor products are made in China, the Corby Trouser Press is still made in Britain – http://www.corbyofwindsor.com

Hotpoint was a British manufacturer of domestic domestic appliances (white goods). It is now owned by Italian company Indesit who have since closed down most Hotpoint UK factories. Hotpoint products are now generally imported, but I understand that some tumble dyers are still made in the UK. I asked Hotpoint / Indesit about this and they were less than forthcoming about where their products are made, but did confirm that some production still takes place in the UK and in Europe. They also stated that they are unable (read unwilling) to tell their customers where a particular product is made. There is a separate Hotpoint company in the USA making similar products but independent from Hotpoint in Europe and these products are not made in the UK – http://www.hotpoint.co.uk

An old Hotpoint made in Great Britain refrigerator, still in full working order in August 2013. Sadly Hotpoint do not manufacture in the UK anymore.

An old Hotpoint made in Great Britain refrigerator, still in full working order in August 2013. Sadly Hotpoint do not manufacture in the UK anymore.

An old Hotpoint made in Great Britain cooker, in October 2015. Sadly Hotpoint do not manufacture in the UK anymore.

An old Hotpoint made in Great Britain cooker, in October 2015. Sadly Hotpoint do not manufacture in the UK anymore. Photograph by author.

Another vintage made in Great Britain Hotpoint refrigerator. Still going strong in 2016. Photograph by author.

Another vintage made in Great Britain Hotpoint refrigerator. Still going strong in 2016. Photograph by author.

Another vintage made in Great Britain Hotpoint refrigerator. Still going strong in 2016. Close-ip labelling detail. Photograph by author.

Another vintage made in Great Britain Hotpoint refrigerator. Still going strong in 2016. Close-ip labelling detail. Photograph by author.

Hoover dominated the electric vacuum cleaner market, to the point where the “Hoover” brand name became synonymous with vacuum cleaners and vacuuming in the United Kingdom. American company Hoover used to make some of their vacuum cleaners and washing machines in England, Wales and Scotland, but no longer do so. Production of Hoovers at the famous art deco Hoover building (now a Tesco) on the North Circular in London ceased in the 1980s. Hoover vacuum cleaner production was moved for a while to Cambuslang, Glasgow but has since ceased there. Hoover closed its washing machine factory in Merthyr Tydfil in 2009.

Ebac Ltd. make water coolers, dehumidifiers and air source heat pumps.  According to their website (28.7.13) they manufacture all of their products in Britain.

Water cooler and dehumidifier manufacturer Ebac have bought freezer maker Norfrost (Icetech). Ebac manufacture all of their products in Britain and have moved freezer production to their facility on County Durham. They apparently also hope to make washing machines eventually too.

http://www.ebacwater.com

http://www.ebac.com

http://www.ebacgroup.com

http://www.ebacwatercoolers.com

http://www.ebacdirect.com

http://www.ebacheatpumps.com

http://www.norfrost.co.uk

http://www.ebacwashingmachines.com

https://twitter.com/EbacUK

Also, please see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/bbc-news-warning-over-collapse-of-caithness-freezer-maker-icetech/

and

https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/ohyo-water-bottle-made-in-england/

Some interesting information about the benefits of drinking enough water can be found on one of their many websites, here.

How much water should you drink? The situation is complex. There is some guidance here on the NHS website.

“The amount a person needs to drink to avoid getting deyhdrated will vary depending on a range of factors, including their size, the temperature and how active they are. However, as a guide, the Department of Health recommends that we should drink about 1.2 litres of fluid every day. This works out to be about six 200ml or eight 150ml glasses.”

Ebac Classic Water Cooler. Made in Britain.

Ebac Classic Water Cooler. Made in Britain.

Harvey Water Softeners are made in Britain. British Family interviewed Harvey Bowden of Harvey Water Softeners about why making in Great Britain is important to him – https://www.harveywatersofteners.co.uk/water-softener

MK Electric still make heir sockets in the UK, at at its Southend site in Essex . Their other products are foreign made. The company became a subsidiary of Honeywell in 2005 when its parent company Novar plc was acquired. Country of origin is not given against individual products on their website, so you will need to check where a particular product was made before purchase – http://www.mkelectric.com

Acorn Stairlifts have factories in West Yorkshire and in Scotland and they say on their website “We build all our stairlifts in our United Kingdom factories and export them to locations all over the world” – http://www.acornstairlifts.co.uk