element14 now manufacturing all Raspberry Pi’s in the UK
Move follows transition period announced last year
This move follows the announcement last year that the company, the biggest distributor of Raspberry Pi around the world and a part of global electronics distributor Premier Farnell (LON:PFL), was starting to produce the device with Sony UK Technology Centre (UK Tec) in Pencoed, Wales.
Now with 100 per cent being manufactured in Wales for the global market, element14 has re-enforced its commitment to the UK manufacturing sector.
Claire Doyle, Global Head of Raspberry Pi at element14, commented: “We are constantly amazed by the demand for the Raspberry Pi across the world and have done everything we can to ensure we keep our supply chain stocked. The business stated back in September its intention to bring production of the computer back to its home, the UK, and now after a period of transition we are delighted to announce that all production is in Wales.
“We believe that a UK creation should be produced in its home country and since partnering with Sony UK Tec we have been delighted with the quality and the commitment they have shown in developing the product.”
Since it launched on 29 February last year element14 has distributed over 500,000 Raspberry Pi’s, created one of the largest Raspberry Pi forums within the element14 Community, partnered with schools and launched a series of exclusive accessories that take innovation with the Pi to a new level.
Steve Dalton OBE, Managing Director of Sony UK Tec, added: “The demand for the Raspberry Pi is continually increasing and we’re pleased to be working with innovative companies such as element14 and Raspberry Pi to ensure this demand is met. Being part of ensuring the success of the Raspberry Pi is hugely important to us. It’s extremely exciting to finally see a UK designed product now being fully manufactured here in the UK and indeed Wales.”
Launched in June 2009, element14 is the first information portal, collaborative community and electronics store specifically built for electronic design engineers. The community recently unveiled its element14 knode, a unique automated platform that enables engineers to quickly research, design, develop and prototype in a single, intelligent environment. element14 is an innovative offering from Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), FTSE 250, a leader in multi-channel electronics distribution trading throughout Europe (Farnell), the Americas (Newark) and Asia Pacific (element14). The company had group sales of £973.9m and underlying profits of £104.6m last year.
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About Sony UK Technology Centre
Sony UK Technology Centre is a division of Sony Europe Limited.
Headed up by Steve Dalton OBE, - Institute of Directors, Director of the Year, South Wales winner - the Sony UK Technology Centre is the manufacturing and customer service centre for Sony in the UK and houses 22 related start-up companies.
Opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1992, the Sony UK Technology Centre is a 30,000 m² building based in Pencoed, Bridgend.
The Sony UK Technology Centre has developed a reputation for manufacturing excellence, which has been recognised through the receipt of four Queen’s Awards for Export, as well as the Queen’s Award for the Environment. The centre is certified to both ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment) and is a previous winner of the British Quality Award.
The Sony UK Technology Centre is a socially aware business that seeks to minimise its impact on the environment, supports its local community through charity work and sponsorship, and has the welfare of its staff at the heart of its operation.
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