Labour and material costs are always going to be cheaper abroad. Manufacturing hasn't been a level playing field in that, arguably for good reason, we are open to a greater level of scrutiny, regulation and costs with it than our Chinese counterparts. As Ben says, the Maltese seem to be a lot freer / relaxed yet we are supposed to be under the same regulation. If C.E. marking didn't apply I would be gladly manufacturing shells for you. I would celebrate a return to the British Safety Standards System but I don't think it will likely ever happen.