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Premier Farnell brings 100 percent of Raspberry Pi production to the UK

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Fri Mar 15 2013, 12:29
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AS PROMISED, Premier Farnell has moved 100 percent of its Raspberry Pi production to the UK.

Premier Farnell announced the move last September, and said that Sony was lending it a hand.

"When it came to reviewing our manufacturing strategy we were always keen to bring the production of the Raspberry Pi to the UK. From the outset Sony UK Technology Centre demonstrated its enthusiasm for the product as well as its expertise in manufacturing," said Mike Buffham, global head of EDE at Premier Farnell, when the autumn leaves were just starting to turn brown.

"Their site is highly impressive and I am very confident that the team in Wales can deliver, providing us with a high-quality product, within our designated timeframe, all within budget. The Sony brand is known for its quality and to have its broadcast manufacturing site on board and building the Raspberry Pi product, within the UK, is very exciting."

Well now that it's happened he must be over the moon. We don't know though, since Element 14, a division of Premier Farnell, is offering someone different to tell us that this is exciting.

"We are constantly amazed by the demand for the Raspberry Pi across the world and have done everything we can to ensure we keep our supply chain stocked. The business stated back in September its intention to bring production of the computer back to its home, the UK, and now after a period of transition we are delighted to announce that all production is in Wales," said Claire Doyle, global head of Raspberry Pi at Element14.

"We believe that a UK creation should be produced in its home country and since partnering with Sony UK we have been delighted with the quality and the commitment they have shown in developing the product."

We asked what dangling parts had kept production out of the UK, but a spokesperson for the firm said that it was just a question of halting production in China and moving it to wales.

"The manufacturing process in the UK is largely putting parts together that have been sourced from across the globe, so it was more a case of a small percentage of this process still taking place in China until recently," he said.

"When Element14 announced they were moving manufacturing to the UK back in September, there was a natural transition period where some of the boards were still being manufactured in China, which has now ended." µ


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