TT Electronics to create centre of excellence in the North East of England
Published: 10 May 2018 - Victoria White
TT Electronics has announced its intention to create a centre of excellence at its Bedlington facility in the North East of England. The location will provide a world class centre for engineering, manufacturing and operational excellence to support the Company’s anticipated growth plans, working in partnership with our customers to deliver smarter solutions together.
The Bedlington facility is home to the design and production of TT Electronics’ high reliability microelectronic hybrid circuits and specialist current sensing, circuit protection and signal conditioning product lines. The facility is AS9100 certified - the quality standard recognised by the global aerospace market.
TT Electronics has announced it is investing circa £3 million to create a fit-for-purpose facility in the North East over decades to come. This investment follows over £1 million invested in the facility to create a Class 6 clean room which opened in 2016, and a multi-chip module automated production line. This investment is already supporting production for global aircraft engine manufacturers, as well as providing a platform for winning additional new customers.
The current site is being consolidated; buildings are being demolished and redeveloped and an improved space is being created for efficient engineering and manufacturing operations. The facility will continue to be run in line with TT Electronics’ lean operational excellence initiatives. TT Electronics currently employs around 310 people in Bedlington, up more than 25 per cent since 2015. The site runs a successful apprenticeship programme, creating opportunities for the next generation of engineers and developing future leaders in support functions. Headcount is expected to continue to increase in the next few years to support the anticipated growth for TT Electronics in the North East.
TT Electronics has further expanded its presence in the North East with the acquisition of Stadium Group in April 2018. Stadium’s largest UK facility is in Hartlepool, employing circa 140 employees and supporting customers in industrial and transportation markets, manufacturing electronic assemblies, power supplies and wireless connectivity solutions.
Commenting on the centre of excellence, Richard Tyson, CEO said: “I am pleased to announce our investment to create a centre of excellence in the North East of England. The team in Bedlington continue to work hard to delight our customers and have delivered strong growth for TT; we are further investing to support the success of the site.
Bedlington is the home of our global current sensing, circuit protection and signal conditioning development team and it is an important centre for innovation in new product introduction and customisation. Our specialist design skills, reputation for high reliability and strong customer relationships provide an excellent opportunity for growth in the North East. This investment demonstrates our continued commitment to our people, customers and the local community.”