Trunki factory moving from Totnes to Plymouth

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Media captionTrunki designer Rob Law said moving production to Devon meant it was easier to develop the product

A Devon factory which builds a childrens' "ride-on" suitcase, featured on BBC TV's Dragon's Den, is opening a new facility in Plymouth.

Totnes-based Inject Plastics Ltd began building the Trunki after its Bristol designer, Rob Law, decided to move production from China to the UK.

Inject's managing director, Richard Bromley, said the Plymouth move would double his current staff of about 25.

Rob Law said production in Devon meant it was easier to develop the product.

'On our doorstep'

The Trunki is sold in 62 countries and staff celebrated its one millionth unit being built last September.

The success follows Mr Law taking his product on to the BBC's Dragons' Den television programme six years ago.

He was turned down, but managed to launch the product anyway.

Last year, Mr Law's company had a turnover of £6m.

Mr Law said the move to Devon had been beneficial, despite production now being more expensive.

"Being on our a doorstep, we can really talk and innovate with the factory," he said.

"It's something we could just not do in China."

Ten new jobs were initially created at the Totnes factory, but Mr Bromley said demand meant it had to move to larger premises.

He said: "We've got about 25 employees now and we'll be increasing that to 45 by the end of the year, and taking on more next year."

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