WEC chosen to manufacture red letterboxes

Darwen-based WEC Group has won the contract to manufacture iconic red letterboxes on behalf of Royal Mail.

The multi-million-pound agreement will also see the firm produce parcel drop boxes, sorting stations, trolleys and other equipment.

WEC operates in-house manufacturing capabilities including laser cutting, fabrication, machining and specialist coatings, from nine manufacturing sites across Lancashire, Yorkshire, Merseyside and the West Midlands. The company employs 150 at its Darwen headquarters and 900 in total. 

Wayne Wild, commercial director, said: “The Royal Mail is one of the country’s best-known brands, and we are very proud of our new association with such a long-established business.

"The new contract is a major boost for our group’s growth targets. Despite tough market conditions brought about by the recent pandemic, our ability to secure contracts of this scale is the proof that WEC is the 'go to' contract manufacturing company for any OEMs looking to strengthen their supply chain and future-proof their business."

Jake Berry, MP for Darwen and Rossendale, added: “WEC Group really are a first class company so it’s appropriate that they’ll be manufacturing the iconic red letterboxes right here in Darwen. Well done everyone at WEC on securing this new contract with the Royal Mail.”

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