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Fracino’s coffee machines showcased at G8 Summit

Prime Minister David Cameron and fellow leaders of this week’s G8 Summit were able to drink their coffee from machines produced by multi award winning UK manufacturer Fracino.

The Birmingham business, which is marking its 50th anniversary in 2013, was invited by Number 10 Downing Street to supply 11 of its Piccino machines to the prestigious convention during the year in which the UK is the host nation.

Designed for the home market, the black and stainless steel Piccino (Italian for ‘baby’) coffee machines, engraved with the Union Jack flag, were provided in the leaders’ lodges - promoting British innovation and manufacturing expertise. Mr Cameron was also supplied with a machine at Number 10.

2013 is proving a momentous year for the the family business which has scooped four awards - including the ‘Winner of Winners’ highest UK accolade from manufacturing association the EEF - for its trailblazing exporting achievements.

From a standing start in 2008, Fracino has developed an international trade arm, which distributes machines to over 50 countries across five continents – and exports now account for 28% of its £3.6 million turnover.

Fracino MD Adrian Maxwell commented: “This is the highest honour we could dream for in such a formative year, celebrating our 50th anniversary. The concept of the world’s global leaders enjoying their coffee from our machines is amazing. It likewise reinforces our commitment to constantly innovating and striving for world class manufacturing standards.”

The 42-strong company, which has invested over £1m in doubling the size of its manufacturing base in Aston, is a third generation family business launched by founder Frank Maxwell in a garden shed. Frank’s son Adrian Maxwell, a former Rolls-Royce engineer is managing director, Adrian’s wife Marion is the credit controller and their daughters Rebecca and Katrina work as service coordinator and on the purchase ledger respectively.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Adrian Maxwell .

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