LONDON Remploy Electronics has created a strategic purchasing team as part of a reorganisation of the contract manufacturing group's buying activities.
The team will be led by purchasing manager, Dave Walker, and buyer, Helen Maude and the new structure is designed to improve customer service as well as increasing cost efficiency.
Under the revised structure component spending across Remploy Electronics' five UK manufacturing sites will be consolidated. Previously the sites purchased autonomously and spending was not coordinated to maximise buyingpower. The number of suppliers has also been reduced; a move that has resulted in the twin benefits of enabling faster quotation turnaround and increasing the level of support obtained from the remaining suppliers.
Aled Williams, Remploy Electronics' operations manager, said, “Remploy now has a centralised team that combines the technical and commercial skills essential for the effective buying of electronic components. As materials account for approximately 70% of the cost of a typical PCB, the purchasing function is at the heart of a successful contract manufacturing business.”
Remploy is the UK's leading supplier of employment opportunities for disabled people. With over 80 factories in the UK, Remploy supplies half the top British companies with goods and services, turning over more than £250 million annually. The company's manufacturing activities range from motor and electronic assemblies, through furniture, to printing and packaging. Services include IT recycling, office support and CCTV monitoring.
Remploy Electronics is a standalone division created in 2003 to focus entirely on providing manufacturing services to the electronics sector. It has five dedicated production sites offering printed circuit board (PCB), cable and wiring harness, and electro-mechanical assembly.