How Electronics Yorkshire helped Dracup (UK) Ltd
‘Keep it local’ is exactly what Bradford company Dracup (UK) Ltd wanted when they decided to use the Electronics Yorkshire web site to find an electronics company in the region who could design and develop a new control unit, which could be incorporated into their Jacquard weaving loom. The intention was to attract a company which could provide a simple solution without having to outsource the work abroad.
Brian Jaikens, development & IT manager at Dracup explained: ‘As a member of the Electronics Yorkshire Network I thought I would use their web site facility to source a company in the region to produce the new control unit. I found another Bradford company, BioDigital Ltd, which was able to meet our requirements and after initial discussions it was clear I had located a suitable partner to carry out the work – amazingly they were also just around the corner!
BioDigital Ltd has been providing electronics design and development solutions for over four years. These solutions have been used in hair irons, spot-welding equipment and popcorn dispensers, and now in weaving looms. Managing director Geoffrey Swales said: ‘Thanks in the main to the Electronics Yorkshire web site, we have been able to form a partnership with a local company, Dracup Ltd, providing them with a product which will put them ahead of the competition. In addition, we are also discussing potential new projects with them for the future.’
Dracup have also successfully posted a manufacturing tender opportunity on the web site, which resulted in twelve enquiries from electronics companies in the region. Subsequently, they have placed the work with ABI of Barnsley.
Brian Jaikens comments: ‘Where possible, we would prefer our design and manufacturing work to be carried out by companies in the Yorkshire and Humber region. It has been very helpful to us in terms of the manufacturing process to outsource the work locally and the Electronics Yorkshire web site and tender service has played a vital role in this.’
Dracup (UK) Ltd is world famous as textile machinery manufacturers, contract precision engineers and CAD suppliers.
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