Etal plans for Brexit supply chain in magnetics

Etal plans for Brexit supply chain in magnetics

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By Nick Flaherty

The Etal Group, headquartered at the Kamic Group HQ in Stockholm, says it is well-structured to protect customers from any impact in the supply of magnetics for power supplies and transformers. This due to the fact that it manufactures in and sources from not only the UK and Europe, but also Asia, with a recent expanded, purpose-designed 3,400m2 factory opening in Piliyandala, Sri Lanka, it says.

“We control our own operations within both the UK and EU, so we fully expect to be able to supply customers with the products they purchase from us post-Brexit,” said Dan Phelan, President of Etal Group. “In addition, our factories in Asia provide an alternative source of manufacturing, should issues arise in trade between the EU and Britain. Naturally, we cannot guarantee there won’t be any disruption in lead times from elements of the supply chain which are out of our hands, such as customs delays, however, in terms of supply chain, capacity and production, we do not foresee any problems.”

The group owns a 2,400 m2 site in Estonia, a 1,400m2 factory in the UK and the factory in Sri Lanka which started operations in the first quarter of 2020, following transfer of production from its Ratmalana facility. This provides a valuable alternative source for volume production of magnetics components outside of China. The Group has manufactured in Sri Lanka for 22 years and benefits from Board of Investment section 17 status and a Green Channel facility which facilitates ease of exports.

The group recently expanded the Siga facility in Sandy, Bedfordshire, where more than 45 employees produce a wide range of high-quality transformers and inductors. The production process is completed entirely in house, from single or three-phase windings, to any assembly requirements, through varnish impregnation, any required tropicalisation, and final test. Siga Electronics has operated since 1961 and was acquired by Etal Group in 2018.

The site in Narva, Estonia started in 1994 making toroidal, linear, automatic coil windings with manual and automatic assembly, processing (pressure/vacuum impregnation, pressure/vacuum resin encapsulation) and electrical verification.

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