July 2018 – Prestigious pencil manufacturer Derwent® will be writing a Great British success story of its own next week when its Cumbrian factory celebrates a 10-year anniversary at its Lillyhall site.
The famous brand has been at the sharp end of the fine art industry for decades and is renowned worldwide for its innovative and ground-breaking laboratory.
Boasting a Queen’s award for innovation and ISO 9001 Quality Standard, the factory pushes the boundaries of art materials without losing sight of the quality that the brand has become synonymous with.
Built as a bespoke manufacturing space for the historic British brand, Derwent have also achieved ISO 14001 environmental management standard, committing that they have minimal impact on the environment.
Derwent, originally established in 1832, employs around 75 people at its Lillyhall Business Park site including experienced teams across customer service, finance and office staff alongside the factory team.
Buoyed by a renewed interest in adult colouring and crafting, Derwent has retained its position at the forefront of the art industry, thanks to its ever-evolving range of drawing and painting products – all of which are manufactured in Cumbria. In addition, a state-of-the-art research & development department is situated in the factory, as the next ‘must-have’ products are created to keep Derwent ahead of its competitors.
In the past 12 months, three new product ranges have been created, underlining the strength of the market and Derwent’s position as market leaders amongst art enthusiasts.
Derwent’s global general manager Mike Stranders said: “To celebrate our 10th anniversary in Workington is a notable achievement, not just for the local community, but for Great Britain as a whole.
“Production at the factory continues to grow and we continue to create new products that inspire artists year-on-year. It’s definitely something to be proud of as we prepare to celebrate our 10th anniversary at the site in July. Derwent is a strong consumer brand, with quality and innovation associated with each and every product that is also proud to be Made in Britain.
“Art enthusiasts have a close association and affinity with us, which is one of our greatest assets.”
Mike’s ongoing objective is to grow the brand internationally, stating: “The opportunity to grow outside the UK remains significant. We have formed partnerships with new European distributors and a distributor partner in the USA.
“There is growth in the UK, without doubt, but the international market also provides us with huge potential, as our new partnerships provide us with new opportunities.”