New Directors – New Structure
A newly appointed Operations Director and an internally promoted Supply Chain Director, along with other organisational changes, form part of Speedboard’s ‘CEM partner-of-choice’ mission for 2016 and beyond.
Windsor, United Kingdom – Contract Electronics Manufacturer (CEM) Speedboard Assembly Services has appointed Martin Bullimore as its Operations Director. Bullimore has an electro-mechanical background and 30 years of manufacturing experience, having worked for a number of market-leading OEMs, including Nokia, Stannah and Alexander Dennis. In his new role, Bullimore will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Speedboard’s production and engineering activities as well as overseeing all final assembly and test activities.
Speedboard has also promoted Karen Heath from Commercial Manager to Supply Chain Director. Prior to joining Speedboard in September 2007, Heath held positions with Delta Impact and Macro (which subsequently become part of Avnet). In her new role, Heath’s responsibilities will include managing supplier quality, supply strategies, the timeliness of deliveries, purchasing and stores.
The appointments increase Speedboard’s team of Directors to five and come amidst other organisational changes. These include the formation of dedicated, multi-disciplined customer support teams, each of which has a Senior Account Manager, an Account Manager, a Production Engineer and a Buyer. Each team is responsible for supporting a number of customers, and the allocation of customers to a team is based on a variety of factors such as product complexity, assembly complexity and whether or not box-build (final assembly) is required.
Speedboard’s Sales & Marketing Director, Nick Fairhead, comments: “Our engagements with customers are becoming increasingly ‘collaborative’, as opposed to ‘transactional’, as we believe it is the best way to meet our customers’ current and future manufacturing requirements. Indeed, in all industry sectors, competition is fierce and it is only through collaboration and forming a better understanding of each customer’s objectives that a CEM can add true value. With the formation of our dedicated customer support teams, and with Martin and Karen joining as Directors, Speedboard is stronger than ever and is set to change the world of contract electronics manufacturing.”
Appointed. Speedboard’s new Operation’s Director, Martin Bullimore, has 30 years of manufacturing experience, having worked for a number of market-leading OEMs including Nokia, Stannah and Alexander Dennis.
Promoted. Karen Heath, formerly Speedboard’s Commercial Manager, is now the Supply Chain Director. Prior to joining Speedboard in September 2007, she held positions with Delta Impact and Macro (which subsequently become part of Avnet).
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About Speedboard Assembly Services
Established in 1983, Speedboard Assembly Services is a UK-based Contract Electronics Manufacturer (CEM), serving customers in a variety of high-tech sectors, including Industrial, Defence, Medical, Communications and Security. The company offers a broad range of manufacturing services, ranging from traditional build-to-print through to full lifecycle; including DFM, prototyping, full production, packaging, delivery to end customer, repairs and after sales support.
Speedboard has five SMT lines which, between them, comprise 15 Siemens SiPlace machines. The company also has a selective soldering line and a vapour-phase oven, thus enabling Speedboard to tackle increasingly complex PCBAs (such as double-sided, mixed technology boards) and boards with areas of widely varying thermal mass. Test capabilities include Automatic Optical Inspection (AOI), X-ray, BGA Scope, Boundary-scan, In-Circuit Test (ICT – both flying probe and bed-of-nails), Functional Test and Soak Testing.
The company offers Kanban stock holding and operates a Quality Management System which is BSI-certified as being compliant with ISO 9001:2008.
Speedboard also offers a bespoke four-phase model to support customers seeking fast turnaround prototypes and New Product Introductions (NPIs).
The company closed its 2014-15 financial year with a turnover of £9.23m, circa 24% up on the previous year, and enjoys exceptionally high customer retention; with an average engagement period of almost nine years and its longest standing customer has now been with the CEM for almost 23 years.
For further information on Speedboard Assembly Services please visit: www.speedboard.co.uk