LONDON Quadrant Connections Ltd, a manufacturer of coaxial and multicore cable assemblies and an electronic component distributor, has strengthened its Eastern European manufacturing base by setting up a plant in Sibiu, Romania. Start-up production is planned for the third quarter of 2006 with volume production staring before the end of the year.
This Romanian facility factory will complement Quadrant’s existing U.K. facility in Radlett, a smaller facility in Eastern Germany and it’s already well established, large volume, manufacturing plant that is run in collaboration with Evertronic in Letiny, Czech Republic.
Sibiu, which in Transylvania and has been designated European Capital for Culture 2007, is becoming a centre for European companies establishing manufacturing in Romania, a trend that is likely to increase if, as expected, Romania gains entry into the European Union in January 2007.
“The trend towards manufacturing in lower cost countries in Europe continues unabated and we have been considering various locations for another European production facility for the past year. The building is decorated and furnished to the highest standards with top quality operator benches, seating and lighting all being supplied from Germany,” said, Anthony Sheridan, Quadrant’s managing director.
“Our relationship with Evertronic remains unchanged and it is envisaged that most of the work produced in Romania will be new business. Our aim is to have two excellent, low-cost European production facilities that will make a significant contribution to our cable assembly business enabling the company to continue to grow steadily in the years ahead.”
Tim Halpin has been appointed project manager for the new factory where it is planned to produce different types of cable assemblies including: coaxial flexible, conformable coaxial, round multicore, ribbon and flat cables and multi-wire harnesses and looms. Halpin, who was formerly a project/manufacturing engineer with Siemens VDO in Australia, joined Quadrant in January 2006.