COE Group outsources manufacturing to local specialist -

COE Group outsources manufacturing to local specialist

LONDON — COE Group, a CCTV transmission and control systems provider, has signed an outsourcing deal with GSPK Electronics.

COE (Leeds, U.K.) specialises in the design and supply of high quality complete CCTV transmission and control systems, and supplies bespoke solutions. Its products are used in locations such as airports, city centres, government buildings and other commercial premises as far a field as Asia, Europe and the USA.

GSPK Electronics (Knaresborough, U.K.) will produce COEs range of analogue and digital fibre transmission electronics that are used for transmitting very high quality video pictures for security systems. COE systems provide video surveillance in the Singapore Metro, Stade de France and a numerber of U.K. city centres.

Sales of £5.6million in 2004, an expanding order book and changing product range have led COE to a seek to outsource manufacturing to ensure flexibility and increased capacity. COE selected two suppliers to share its manufacturing requirements. DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary was retained to advise COE on the most appropriate structure and negotiate the best possible outsourcing terms for the company.

Andrew Wallace, CEO of the COE Group, said, “We looked at specialist manufacturing companies which could deliver quality, short lead times, and low prices while being as responsive as our in-house team had been.”

Iain Bowler of DLA Piper added, “This decision to outsource gives COE a very strong platform from which to grow their business while maintaining quality standards and product innovations in a competitive market place and its great news that they have been able to use a Yorkshire specialist rather than look overseas. The business has built a great reputation, and this will see the company able to focus on its market leading design and service with more flexibility and without the constraints of limited production capacity.

From left: Andrew Wallace, Chief Executive Officer, COE Group; Keith Walker, managing director, GSPK Electronics; and Iain Bowler of DLA Piper at GSPK Electronics Knaresborough headquarters

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