Full steam ahead for subcontract manufacturing

JJS Manufacturing InsightsHere’s some good news. According to Qimtek’s data in this article from Zenoot, the UK contract and subcontract manufacturing sector enjoyed a 24% increase on the previous quarter. I think you would have to say that’s somewhat impressive. So what is driving this success?

Well there is something rather interesting behind this. Even though growth in contract electronics manufacturing was relatively modest, demand from the electronics industry drove an increase in fabrication and sheet metal work up an amazing 50%.

This might make you think how complex and sophisticated the supply chain is these days. In the overall picture, electronics and metalwork are closely linked. Whilst we might be used to electronic components going out onto longer lead times, capacity at fabrication plants might not have been such a worry before. It goes to show that when it comes to manufacturing service providers, the key skills in managing the supply chain - be that raw materials, component parts or sub-assemblies – is just as important as the capability to create or assemble the product.

Commenting on the figures, Qimtek owner Karl Wigart said: “It is unusual to see the index jump by this amount in the third quarter as August is usually a quiet month. This year, though it was the busiest month of the year to date. We saw an increase in projects across all areas, but the main driver has been the phenomenal growth in the fabrication market which is being driven by demand from the electronics industry.”


Written by Russell Poppe

Russell describes himself as a Manager, Engineer, manufacturer, teambuilder, organiser, strategist, and occasional content writer. Russell loves to help businesses thrive and grow in the best way that he can and has a wealth of experience in the engineering and manufacturing industry, particularly within electronics. Russell’s previous roles have encompassed general management, engineering, development, manufacturing, quality, and marketing, always with a strong focus on customer service.