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  1. Festive on BBC News

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    bbc3End of November 2016, BBC News journalist, Elise Wicker, came to Festive Productions and cheerfully discovered our tinsel factory. There, she had the opportunity to meet our tinsel expert, Jason Poulsom, who explained her how the shiny must-have is made.

    Elise found out that our high-quality tinsel is made from metallised PVC. Imported from China, the special and twinkling material, coming in 128 different colours, is cut into thin bands before getting attached to a sturdy wire thanks to our state-of-the-art machines, working similarly as candy-floss makers. Each tinsel piece measures 24 metres and their thickness varies between 25mm and 250mm.

    bbc4Festive Productions is the largest tinsel manufacturer in the UK with an average of 12.5 million of metres produced per year.

    Elise also learnt that tinsel does not travel well from abroad. Therefore, making tinsel in Britain guarantees higher quality. Indeed, besides being environmentally-friendly, tinsel made in the UK is less likely to flatten or get damaged as it is not shipped in hot containers.

    bbc5In BBC short-video, slow motion images wonderfully reveal the mesmerising aspect of our sparkly and colourful tinsel.

    Here is the full video.


  2. Festive on ‘The Really Welsh Christmas Show’

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    In December 2014, ‘The Really Welsh Christmas Show’ presenter, Sophie Evans, visited Festive tinsel factory. Festive is known as the largest tinsel manufacturer in the UK, with more than 12 million metres produced each year.

    Once in the twinkling and glamorous realm of high-quality tinsel, Sophie had only one obsession: find out the fabrication process.

    The BBC TV host was therefore shown one of our state-of-the-art tinsel machines, which, after shredding the sparkly metallised PVC into strips, attaches the tinsel bands to a firm metal wire. Our tinsel machines resemble candy floss makers!

    The TV host was particularly astonished to see how rapid producing the shiny and timeless Christmas decoration is!

    Click here to see the full BBC coverage.

  3. Festive on BBC’s ‘The One Show’

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    Last year BBC’s ‘The One Show’ came to see how tinsel was made at Festive Productions Ltd


    man spinning and cutting tinsel on measuring machine on the one show

    See Festive productions on the one show, see how tinsel is made

    Don’t mean to brag, but we are the biggest manufacturer of tinsel in the UK. We have 35 state of the art tinsel machines that produce over 18 million meters of tinsel every year, that’s enough to go from our offices in South Wales to Sydney and Back!

    We also produce licensed tinsel, whether it’s Hello Kitty, Kirstie Allsopp or own brand bespoke tinsel for various high profile clients.

    Last year Justin from The One Show came to visit our site and see how tinsel is made by the professionals. tinsel production specialist, Jason Poulsom, showed Justin how, using PVC film, tinsel is made.

    Our tinsel machines use a spinning motion, much like a candy floss machine, to get the tinsel together with a thin wire.

    The presenter from the one show is being shown how tinsel is made by Jason

    Jason showing Justin from BBC’s The One Show how tinsel is made

    Read Justin’s blog from BBC’s ‘The One Show’ here.



  4. Festive On The One Show

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    In December 2012 Festive Productions tinsel factory was featured on BBC1’s ‘The One Show’ as we are the last remaining tinsel manufacturer in the UK. Jason Poulsom our machine shop supervisor has been making tinsel for nearly 30 years and showed the team how we make our high quality British tinsel.

    Read Justins Blog about Festive here: bbc.co.uk/news/business-20784956

  5. Festive on BBC

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    In December 2012, BBC journalist, Justin Rowlatt, showed an interest in Festive Productions, as it became the largest tinsel manufacturer in the UK after purchasing Widmanns.

    Justin was quite surprised to learn that Cwmbran, town in South Wales mostly known for its coal industry, is the tinsel capital of the UK. Festive supplies two-thirds of the twinkling decoration sold in the country. With 150,000 metres produced per day, Festive is a global leader in the sector of Christmas glamour and glitz.

    Justin also wondered how Festive keeps up with its Chinese competitors with cheaper production costs. The answer is quite simple: the sparkly Christmas must-have does not travel really well. Tinsel transported on boats from far Asia is more likely to become floppy. Festive customers, which are renowned supermarkets, shops, and garden centres, are aware of this fact, so they do not mind paying more if that means better quality!


    During his tour in our tinsel factory, Justin was truly amazed by our rich range of colourful and shiny tinsel products. Not only does Festive produce classical and popular red, silver and gold tinsel, the company also makes more daring products, such as gingham garlands.


    When the journalist was shown our production process, he discovered with awe our state-of-the-art tinsel machines functioning like candy floss makers. Indeed, after cutting strips of metallised PVC, our amazing and powerful tinsel machines spin the glossy bands together with a nylon cord. Festive produces 25 metres of tinsel every 6 minutes!

    Historians record the first appearance of tinsel in Germany, in the 17th century. At this time, the sleek product was used to reflect the light emanating from candles. Tinsel is believed to have arrived in the UK in the 1930s due to its immense popularity in the US.