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Electronics Production | August 09, 2007

AWS Electronics acquires Instem Technologies

The trend has turned. No more downsizing because now it is time for healthy growth within the EMS sector in UK, according to AWS CEO Paul Deehan. AWS Electronics has acquired Instem Technologies, making it the largest independent electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider in the UK.
Instem, which is based at Stone, close to the AWS site in Newcastle Under Lyme, came out of receivership in 2005, and has spent the last 18 months rebuilding the business. AWS says it now intends to run both facilities as one entity.

“This is great news for AWS and for our customers. As a group with annual sales now in excess of £40m, we have further increased our capability and breadth of services. The acquisition is strategic, as it allows us to provide flexibility and capacity for the sales growth being created within both businesses", says AWS group chief executive Paul Deehan.

Deehan claims that this is evidence of the company reversing the trend for EMSs downsizing in the UK. Both companies provide specialist services to customers in sectors including aerospace, defence, communications, security, surveillance, medical, rail and emergency services. Deehan also predicts that, with the AWS growth forecasts and order book, the firm needs the extra capacity that Instem brings – both in terms of people and the plant.

“Both sites will be at increased capacity in the coming months," he says. “We plan to develop a senior management team to manage both sites as one entity so we can get the benefits of flexibility and reduced overhead costs that this brings."

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