£3.8m for hi rel connector factory Industry 4.0 expansion

£3.8m for hi rel connector factory Industry 4.0 expansion

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By Nick Flaherty

Harwin has started production in its new manufacturing facilities at the Portsmouth UK headquarters after a £3.8m (€4.2m) investment.

The additional 1,200m² of factory floor is enabling high volume production of Hi-Rel connectors to meet market demand. The £1m investment in equipment includes Industry 4.0 technology to maximise efficiency, while the rest has been to expand material stocks to avoid supply chain problems and office space.

“Harwin leads technological progression in Hi-Rel interconnect components and the growth in customer demand means we have yet again exceeded our existing production capacity” said Paul McGuinness, Director of Operations at Harwin. “This investment has come at a crucial time, as the additional factory space and equipment enables us to ramp up production to meet high volume demands very quickly. The extra space also gives us over six month’s supply of raw materials held onsite, preparing us for unforeseen supply chain challenges relating to Brexit and avoiding any order delays to our customers.”

The company has a policy of replacing production equipment every five years to keep up with the latest developments in machinery advancements, maintaining reliability and operational effectiveness. In 2016, a new build 3,000m² factory was opened, and an R&D Centre and Apprentice Training Hub was set up in 2019. This latest investment also includes a new training area to support staff with ongoing professional development, encouraging advances in skills and job flexibility.

The hi-rel connector ranges include include the Gecko (1.25mm pitch), Datamate (2mm pitch), Mix-Tek (combined signal, power and coax) and high temperature M300 (3mm pitch) product lines.

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