Swiss EMS manufacturer in UK move

Swiss EMS manufacturer in UK move

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By Nick Flaherty

Swiss electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider Escatec has acquired a UK manufacturer to boost its electro-mechanical production facilities in the United Kingdom and Czech Republic.

JJS Manufacturing, based in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, boosts Escatec’s European production. The Swiss-owned Escatec is headquartered in Penang, Malaysia, and the deal caters to OEM brands requiring products to be manufactured or assembled in the UK or Central Europe rather than Asia.

“This acquisition is a direct outcome of our strategic plan to grow Escatec into a major player in the global EMS industry and further demonstrates our commitment to serve our customers’ needs. I am delighted to welcome everyone at JJS Manufacturing to the Escatec family at this very exciting time,” said Patrick Macdonald, CEO of Escatec. 

Escatec’s production capacity in Europe is currently centred on a design & development and advanced production facility in Heerbrugg, Switzerland.

The Swiss group operates two production facilities on Penang island (near the Malaysia-Thailand border) with two further facilities in Johor Bahru, Malaysia (minutes from the Malaysia-Singapore border), while EscatecC Switzerland AG in Heerbrugg is situated very close to the Austrian border. Production space in these facilities amount to more than 40,000 sqm.

The JJS Manufacturing will add 14,000 sqm of production space with a headcount of 500 skilled employees in the UK and Czech Republic for customers in industrial automation, process control, Test & Measurement, and the scientific equipment. The sites in Lutterworth, UK and Chomutov in the Czech Republic have design for test, design for manufacture, PCB assembly, box build assembly, mechanical assembly and full system assembly capabilities with board and system level test capabilities.

While details of the deal were not revealed, the acquisition of JJS Manufacturing with revenue of $70m together with ongoing expansion of its Malaysian operations is expected to increase Escatec’s revenue from $200m to over $300m.

“It’s an excellent fit between Escatec and JJS Manufacturing, and there’s a lot of synergy in the abilities and experience of both companies facilitating tremendous opportunities for cross-selling,” said Macdonald, with plans to drive additional business to its newly acquired assets. 

 “This is a win-win for everybody, certainly that is the case for OEM brands in the UK and Europe that need a highly experienced and exceptionally trustworthy manufacturing partner with ample production capacity closer to home,” said Macdonald.;

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