PCB maker doubles revenues

Posted on 14 Jan 2013

Warwick-based SMT Developments, a PCB assembly specialist, has recorded its best year to date, with sales up 35% and five new jobs created, thanks to a £200,000 investment drive.

The company provides services from electronics assembly prototypes to fully tested total product build and can also offer solutions in PCB design and layout.

Orders have increased after SMT implemented a MRP/CRM system, upgraded its pick and place machine, installed a new Inertec selective soldering machine and purchased a new Ultravision AOI machine for full solder inspection.

The enhanced capabilities allow it to provide clients in the marine, environmental, F1 and commercial sectors with greater accuracy, speed of turnaround and the flexibility of PCB population or a fully vendor managed service.

Increased demand has seen the Heathcote Way firm reach £2.5m in 2012, with a full pipeline of potential orders set to aid further expansion this year.

John Rowley, director, said: “Our growth has been due to a combination of existing products coming to maturity and a number of new business wins – the latter part of a targeted sales and marketing campaign.

“We have worked extremely hard to create ‘partnerships’ with our customers so that we work with them to develop products that can be manufactured in the most efficient way possible and utilise high quality materials without adding cost.”

SMT is a member of the Midlands Assembly Network, a group of eight companies that, together, employ over 550 people and turnover in excess of £60 million, providing access to world class manufacturing in precision pressings, casting, etching, injection moulding, wiring looms, toolmaking, PCB assembly and electrical control systems and assemblies.