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The UK Electronic Manufacturing Services Industry 2013-2018

  • January 2015
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  • Reed Electronics Research
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  • 96 pages

Report Synopsis
EMS revenues in the UK declined for the second consecutive year in 2013. A weaker than initially envisaged final quarter of the year combined with the transfer of production for a volume customer at Jabil’s manufacturing plant in Scotland, pushing down revenues for the year as a whole. In 2014 the trends in the market have followed a similar pattern to 2013 with the outlook for the year as a whole being downgraded as demand weakened in the final months of the year.

As a result overall revenues in 2014 are forecast to decline by 5% but are forecast to post a modest recovery in 2015 with growth gaining momentum in the second half of the year. Growth in the UK EMS industry should then gain some traction and post low single-digit growth over the forecast period. Pressure on prices as OEMs look to drive down costs will act as a drag on growth over the period to 2018. The prospects of lower demand in the first half of 2015, on the back of a weaker than expected global economy and an escalation of the on-going problems in the Eurozone, could lower the forecast for the year as a whole and push back the recovery into the final months of the year and into
2016.

In a West European context, the UK is the second largest market behind Germany in 2013 with a 13.7% share of EMS revenues while for Europe as a whole the country accounted for 5.8%. The UK EMS industry has continued to benefit from the move to re-shore production back from Asia, a trend which is expected to continue. Despite
this, the requirement for a lower cost European manufacturing option for the larger UK EMS companies, whether it be through the company’s own plant or partner, is expected to be a growing trend over the period to 2018. Although the trend is to re-shore production for many products companies will also continue to look at utilising plants in Asia.

In our analysis of the UK EMS industry we have identified around 232 companies operating some 241 manufacturing facilities and estimate that the actual number of companies is around 250. This excludes companies where their primary focus is on aftermarket services or reverse logistics. Outside of acquisition competition from the larger European and global EMS providers is expected to intensify. With greater resources, including access to financing to fund growth, in particular in the early stages of new
programmes, the companies are in the position to target the larger UK customers.

Although there have been a number of casualties in general the companies have been resilient to the difficult operating environment which impacted the industry both at the end of 2008/2009 and again between 2012 and 2014. This new report, a part of Reed Electronics Research’s series of studies on the European Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) Industry provides a strategic assessment of the UK EMS industry for the period 2013-2018 and includes:

- EMS revenue forecasts through to 2018 for the UK and summary data for Europe.
- An overview of the key markets and drivers for the UK EMS industry.
- A ranking of the Top 40 EMS providers with UK manufacturing facilities.
- Profiles of the leading 46 UK EMS providers.
- A directory of some 240 UK EMS manufacturing facilities.

Table Of Contents

The UK Electronic Manufacturing Services Industry 2013-2018
Contents
1 Executive Summary 6
2 The UK EMS Industry 9
2.1 European EMS Market Overview 9
2.2 UK EMS Market Overview 11
2.2.1 UK Economic Outlook 11
2.2.2 EMS Market Forecast 12
2.3 UK EMS Market Segmentation 13
2.3.1 Overview 13
2.3.2 Electronics Industry Overview 14
2.3.3 Automotive 15
2.3.4 Aerospace and Defence 16
2.3.5 Medical 17
2.3.6 Communications and Networks 17
2.3.7 Control and Instrumentation 17
2.3.8 Computing 18
2.3.9 Consumer 18
2.3.10 Energy 18
2.3.11 Industrial/Other 19
2.4 The Key Drivers of the UK EMS Industry 19
2.4.1 The Relationship between EMS and OEM 19
2.4.2 The Benefits of UK Manufacturing 20
2.4.3 Unit Cost versus Total Cost 20
2.4.4 The Pressure on Price 21
2.4.5 Investment 21
2.4.6 Flexibility in Manufacture, Supply and Service 22
2.4.7 Providing more Services to the OEM 22
2.4.8 The Future of EMS in the UK 23
3 Structure of the UK EMS Industry 24
3.1 Overview and Industry Structure 24
3.2 Low Cost Manufacturing 26
3.3 The Role of Overseas Companies in the UK EMS Industry 26
3.4 Industry Consolidation 27
3.5 The Leading 40 UK EMS Providers 28
4 Profiles of the Major UK EMS providers 30
4.1 Active PCB Solutions 30
4.2 Asteelflash Bedford 30
4.3 AWS Electronics 31
4.3 Axiom Manufacturing Services 32
4.5 Axis Electronics 33
4.6 Briton EMS 34
4.7 Chemigraphic 35
4.8 Connor Solutions 36
4.9 Custom Interconnect 37
4.10 Denis Ferranti Group 38
4.11 Dynamic EMS 38
4.12 Elite Electronic Systems 39
4.13 EMS Security Group 40
4.14 Esprit Electronics 40
4.15 eXception EMS 41
4.16 Ferranti Technologies 42
4.17 Foundation Technology 43
4.18 Jabil Circuit 43
4.19 Jaltek 44
4.20 JJS Manufacturing 45
4.21 Kingfield Electronics 46
4.22 Mowden Controls 47
4.23 Nemco 47
4.24 Nitronica 48
4.25 PartnerTech 49
4.26 Pektron 49
4.27 Plexus 50
4.28 Raytheon 51
4.29 SMS Electronics 51
4.30 Sony UK Technology Centre 53
4.31 Speedboard Assembly 53
4.32 Stadium Electronics 54
4.33 STS Defence 55
4.34 Surface Technology International 56
4.35 Texcel Technology 57
4.36 Tioga 57
4.37 TT Electronics-IMS 58
4.38 Ultra EMS 60
4.39 Walters Group 61
4.40 Wilson Process Systems 62
4.41 Other Companies 62
Cogent Technology 62
CT Production 63
EC Electronics 63
Electronic Technicians 63
GandB Electronic Designs 64
Key-Tech Electronic Systems 64
NOTE 64
Outsource Electronics 65
5 Directory of UK EMS Manufacturing Locations 66
6 Appendix 94
6.1 Major Electronic OEMs in the UK 94

Tables
Table 2.1 EMS Revenues for Western Europe and CEE and Other 2013-2018 9
Table 2.2 UK's Leading Economic Indicators 11
Table 2.3 UK EMS Revenues 2013-2018 12
Table 2.4 Summary of UK Electronics Production 2012-2017 15
Table 2.5 UK Passenger Car and Commercial Vehicle Manufacturing 2010-2018 16
Table 2.6 UK Medical Electronics Production 2010-2018 17
Table 2.7 UK Control and Instrumentation Production 2010-2018 18
Table 3.1 The Top 40 UK EMS Manufacturers 2013 28
Table 3.2 The Top 20 UK Owned EMS providers based on Global Revenues in 2013 29

Figures
Figure 1.1 UK EMS Revenues 2012-2018 6
Figure 1.2 Overall Percentage Share held by the Top 10 UK EMS Providers 2013 7
Figure 1.3 Market Share for the Top 10 UK EMS Providers 2013 7
Figure 2.1 EMS Revenues for Western Europe and CEE and other 2013-2018 9
Figure 2.2 Total European EMS Revenues by Market Sector 2013-2018 10
Figure 2.3 UK GDP Growth 2011-2016 11
Figure 2.4 UK EMS Revenues 2013-2018 12
Figure 2.5 UK Electronics Production 2007-2017 - % Annual Growth 14
Figure 2.6 UK Electronics Production by Sector 2012-2017 15
Figure 3.1 Structure of UK EMS Industry - Company Size 24
Figure 3.2 Structure of UK EMS Industry - Revenues by Company Size 24
Figure 3.3 Overall Percentage Share held by the Top 10 UK EMS Providers 2013 25
Figure 3.4 Market Share for the Top 10 UK EMS Providers 2013 25

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