HCD celebrates 15 years of electronics design and manufacture
Pilz Automation Ltd
Posted to News on 29th Jun 2011, 09:32

HCD celebrates 15 years of electronics design and manufacture

HCD is celebrating 15 successful years of trading this year. Founded as an expert PCB design house in 1996, the company has expanded by careful planning and investment and boasts an impressive year-on-year growth of over 30 per cent. HCD claims that it is now one of the UK's leading specialist EMS manufacturers, offering not only PCB design, but also fast-turnaround bare board manufacture, component procurement, assembly, BGA inspection and rework, cable assemblies and box build.

HCD celebrates 15 years of electronics design and manufacture

To ensure that it delivers high-quality products, HCD has a policy of continuous investment in new equipment and of employing only highly-skilled professional PCB designers and production engineers. A significant milestone was its decision to move into assembly in 2001, building one-off prototypes. The company structured itself to respond to the market's requirement for fast turnaround, no minimum order quantity production, recognising that many established CEMs are set up to cater for mid- and high-volume orders. HCD was very successful at serving the gap in the market for design engineers needing one-off boards quickly in order to demonstrate prototypes. However, the number of units that some clients began ordering increased significantly from tens to over 500. Recognising the need to develop with its customers and meet their volume requirements, HCD expanded once again and added a new, separate volume production line to its capabilities in July 2010, investing in new pick-and-place and AOI equipment to speed work flow without compromising quality.

The company has seen a dramatic increase in its order book during 2010-2011, achieved partly through an extremely high rate of repeat orders from existing customers. The company retains over 90 per cent of its first-time customers, who either order repeat production runs or specify new orders. In addition, HCD has noted that visits by potential customers are currently resulting in virtually 100 per cent conversion to order. Cofounder Carol Holmes explains: "At an initial visit by a prospective customer, we allow plenty of time for meeting our team and detailed discussions with our engineers. The customer has the opportunity to discuss all aspects of their project and they quickly recognise the quality and expertise of our personnel, understanding that these are the people who will actually be undertaking the work involved. Our emphasis throughout both an initial visit and through all stages of manufacturing an order is communication. Another factor is that whilst we are competitive in the marketplace, not all projects are purely cost-driven. Quality is paramount in everything we do, and we are also flexible enough to be able to meet tight timescales."

Gene Holmes adds: "The future for HCD looks exciting. Over the past 12 months we have expanded our customer base in the aerospace and defence sector and are now undertaking projects for major companies such as BAE, Thales and Astrium, sometimes through partnerships with third parties. Other sectors showing strong growth are broadcast, power and consumer electronics.

HCD is exhibiting at DSEi, ExCel, from 13-16 September 2011. Visit the company there or get in touch now to discuss particular projects.

HCD (Holmes Circuit Design)

Unit 6
Such Close

+44 (0)1462 684904

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