A decade of design

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 by The Manufacturer

Plexus celebrates the 10 year anniversary of its design business with a third expansion to its Livingston site.

Plexus, a specialist electronics manufacturer, established its design centre in Livingston, Scotland, in 2002.

Over the last 10 years the site has expanded three times to meet growing demand for its services.

The latest modifications to the facility include the addition of electronic laboratory space and a new mechanical laboratory. The 10 year celebration on Tuesday this week was marked by the official opening of these facilities.

The Livingston design centre hosts a multi-functional design team that covers industrial design, mechanical, software, hardware engineering, and PCB design disciplines. When the site opened it had a staff of just six, but over the past decade this has expanded to 37 – with five of the original employees still serving.

The team in Livingston are part of a wider global engineering team of 350 engineers serving regional customers.

The Livingston design centre collaborates closely with Plexus’ Kelso-based manufacturing facility for efficient product development and design for manufacture.

In the past ten years, Plexus Scottish operations has “become renowned” for offering innovative design solutions that lead to manufacturable products for its four specific focus sectors said a company statement.

These sectors are: medical, industrial, defence & aerospace and networking & communications.

Products developed for these sectors focus on the mid-low volume, higher complexity market place.

Peter Winnington-Ingram, senior site director at Plexus’ Livingston Design Centre said that it was inspiring to see the facility growing at a time of fierce international competition.

“We are committed to continuing to advance our engineering capabilities and working closely with our manufacturing operations to deliver optimised Product Realisation solutions to our customers as a single, integrated accountable partner,” he commented.