SCL PCB Solutions Group announced that it will centralize the United Kingdom PCB manufacturing facilities namely Spirit Circuits and Lyncolec. In order to increase competitiveness and ensure the sustained growth of both PCB businesses, Spirit Circuits’ manufacturing facility in Waterlooville will be relocated to sister-company Lyncolec’s world-class AS9100-accredited manufacturing plant in Poole.
By end of May 2018, Spirit Circuits will relocate the manufacturing of small batch and quick turn prototype PCBs to Lyncolec. This move combines two highly complementary businesses to create a central manufacturing site with the scale and technical capability to better serve customers and capitalise on growth opportunities. Together with Spirit Circuits’ wholly owned mid to high-volume PCB manufacturing facility in Craiova, Romania, customers from a diverse range of industries including lighting, security, aerospace, military and defence, will continue to benefit from short lead-times, competitive pricing and a fully controlled and reliable supply chain from a world-class PCB manufacturer.
Spirit Circuits will continue to manage its VAR operations, sales & technical support from its head office in Waterlooville. The majority of Spirit Circuits employees are expected to be retained with some being relocated to the Lyncolec facility and transport being provided by the company from Waterlooville to Lyncolec just an hour’s drive away. Further positions are being created within Spirit Circuits’ sales and VAR department.
“We have a hugely buoyant order book for our Romania operation and orders for flexible PCBs at Lyncolec are at record levels,” said Lee Lloyd, Group Sales Director, SCL PCB Solutions Group. “The standard PTH and Multilayer market is extremely competitive and Spirit Circuits plans to supply this product through its established supply chain in China. Revenues from VAR sales represent 60% of the Group turnover and with the £10m supply chain finance we secured last year, we are already in growth mode and will see vastly increased revenues.”
Martin Randall, Group Operations Director, commented: “As with any such decisions, we are very mindful of the impact these changes will have on our employees and are committed to help those affected through their transitions.”
Steve Driver, Group CEO, SCL PCB Solutions Group, added: “This latest move supports SCL PCB Solutions Group’s overall strategy to drive improvements for profitability and efficiency in our PCB solutions businesses. By consolidating our manufacturing capabilities, we will streamline our operations and leverage operating efficiencies for both companies. Transferring Spirit Circuits production into the Lyncolec facility adds significant strategic value, differentiation and competitive advantage.”
About SCL PCB Solutions Group
SCL PCB Group is a leading European manufacturer of PCB requirements with head offices in Waterlooville, United Kingdom. The group comprises of Spirit Circuits Ltd., Spirit Asia, Lyncolec Ltd. and BATM Systems SRL Romania.