Needham Group goes for laser innovation growth with PP C&A production offer

A brand-new tactical offer – born in the heart of the West Midlands – is set to develop among the UK’s leading laser marking authorities.

Needham Group, which utilizes 70 individuals at its Whitchurch base, has actually chosen PP Control & Automation (PP C&A) as its brand-new production partner accountable for the assembly of its N-Lase variety of items.

The preliminary contract will see as much as 10 laser systems being constructed each month at a devoted production cell at PP C&A’s first-rate center in Cheslyn Hay, with the possibility of regular monthly volumes increasing to 20 systems as sales increase towards the ₤10 m mark.

This will ultimately consist of the N-Lase Desktop, Desktop Pro, Benchtop, Handheld, Workstation and Integrated Solutions designs.


Needham Group aims for laser technology expansion with PP C&A manufacturing deal. Image courtesy of Needham Group

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The preliminary arrangement will see as much as 10 laser systems being constructed each month, with the possibility of month-to-month volumes increasing to 20 systems as sales increase towards the ₤10 m mark.


Aled Ellis, Managing Director of Needham Group, got the story: “Our ‘USP’ is not in developing the makers, however in establishing the ingenious usages and applications for laser innovation– that’s where we enter into our own and where we expect the genuine development to come from.

” Once PP Control & Automation showed it might construct the model device effectively, it made total sense to take a look at a more tactical plan, very first beginning with the Desktop and Desktop Pro designs and after that, in time, carrying on to the rest of our variety.

” We have actually turned over the total assembly procedure, consisting of management of the supply chain.”

A couple of weeks into low volume production and the tactical collaboration is currently gaining dividends, with preparations cut in half to simply 2 weeks from the expense of products coming to PP C&A.

Quality standards have actually been gone beyond and a number of performance enhancements have actually been determined that might speed assembly up even more or provide Needham Group designers the chance to customize basic designs to incorporate extra functions.

Four individuals are straight utilized on the devoted assembly line, plus a broader assistance group covering the shared functions of Engineering, Supply Chain and Customer Services.

Tony Hague, PP Control & Automation’s CEO, went on to include: “It’s everything about making certain we tweak the construct and check out methods which we can standardise procedures to make assembly and customisation somewhat much easier than it is at the minute.

” The longer-term image is that we will require to be in a position to construct over 300 laser marking devices every year, something we can conveniently do at our website in the West Midlands.

” Our objective is to end up being a real partner in every sense of the word and to play an essential function in Needham Group accomplishing its ₤10 m ‘laser’ plan, providing capability, effectiveness and, as the relationship establishes, development in style.”

A spin-off advantage of the outsourcing offer is developing more capability in Needham Laser Technologies’ unique tasks group.

Prior to this arrangement, R&D professionals and engineers were restricted to the number of custom-made maker develops they might handle, however these constraints have actually now been raised and might lead the way for a brand-new ₤ multi-million chance.

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