Six figure investment increases output four-fold at North Yorks' manufacturer.

By Contract Production
schedule24th Jan 18

Strong expansion and job opportunities set to follow at the plant

Yorkshire-based Contract Production Ltd has increased its capacity by 400% virtually

overnight thanks to a £250,000 investment in new technology.

Contract Production manufactures a range of sub-contract electronic products and printed

circuit board assemblies for a wide variety of industries. This can be one-off prototypes, up

to volumes in their 10,000’s. A recent investment and installation of an AM100 Panasonic

Pick and Place line has enabled the company to increase its output by an astonishing


The new production line populates printed circuit boards and can place a staggering

30,000 components per hour, blowing away previous capacity limits.

“This essentially, means that we now measure productivity in seconds not minutes,” said

Managing Director Simon Norris. “Thanks to the new production line we have added an

extra 30-40 weeks of working capacity to the business annually; In time, that could see our

work force go from 20 employees to around 50-60 which will be great news for the area.”

The new pick and place machine was manufactured in the Far East and shipped to the

manufacturing base in Pickering at the end of 2017. The system has effectively

streamlined the company’s whole process, taking a bare printed circuit board, populating it

and producing an inspected product at the end of the line.

“Obviously, the speed depends on the complexity of the circuit board or product we are

producing,” said Simon.

He added: “There has been a lot of talk about the UK’s stagnating productivity levels but

this investment into Contract Productions shows there is opportunity and we can now

deliver on much larger orders with improved turnaround for our customers that we could

only dream of a few weeks ago. It is a major leap forward technology-wise and we are all

very excited about the possibilities this brings for the business and our customers.”

As well as the larger orders going into the hundreds of thousands Contract Production also

produces one-off prototypes or low rate production runs for clients - often hand-placed - for

new products yet to go to market. These can be anything that requires circuit boards, from

GPS tracking devices to wind turbines, cameras to measuring instrumentation for deep

sea oil drilling rigs.

The Contract Production website can be found at:

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