Vape News 11th September 2016
Over the last few weeks there has been many negative stories in the news around vaping and the use of electronic cigarettes.
This news has not deterred Blackburn vape kings Totally Wicked who have just built a brand new production centre to cope with demand.Their new e liquid production facility is the very first to be built in the UK and will be able to produce 10 million bottles of e liquid every year.
These bottles we be distributed within the UK to their many Totally Wicked vape stores and also further afield to the UK and worldwide markets.
They decided to expand even with the uncertainty of the TPD EU regulations on vape industry coming into effect in May of next year as they just couldn’t work in the offices and current space they had as demand is continuing to rise.
Totally Wicked went to court earlier in the year to protest at article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive.
They were the only electronic cigarette company to win the right to challenge the directive which wanted to bring all things electronic cigarette related underneath the umbrella of ‘tobacco related products’. This would mean they would have to be regulated as such even though they do not contain tobacco.
Sadly, Totally Wicked did not win and Electronic cigarettes and vape juices will become officially regulated next year.
Their new centre was constructed off site and then moved into place once built which has meant that the local community has had the least disruption possible while building work was taking place. It has been built in the companies distinctive red and grey colours by company PortaKabin.
Their operations director Stuart Mercer said “We needed this building to help us meet the growing demand for our products both in the UK and for export markets.”
"It is a cutting edge facility for e-liquid production.”"We chose an off-site solution because the brownfield site we wanted to develop is very constrained and it was critical to have as little interruption to our operations and to neighbouring properties as possible.”
"The benefits of off-site construction far exceeded those of site-based construction.”
"Following completion we are now ideally placed to take the business to the next level, increasing production in a very clean, modern environment.”
"The finished building fits in really well with our corporate image and we would definitely recommend the approach and Portakabin to other businesses looking to expand their facilities.”
The total build only took 4 months and will allow for an increase in production of their e liquid and Totally Wicked brand.
They now have a ground floor production area which includes state of the art e liquid production equipment, a fluid mixing area with a test room, a bottling plant and cold room for perfect storage conditions.
The Totally wicked offices will now be located on the first floor allowing 30 members of staff to work on their continued expansion of the Totally Wicked family.