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South Wales firms form alliance

LONDON — Following prompting from their local MP two companies from South East Wales have joined forces to provide electronics firms and OEM’s access to manufacturing and testing facilities.

Contract electronics manufacturers, Axiom, and electronics test experts, Blackwood EMC are joining forces to provide a turnkey service to customers in the UK and across Europe. The companies can now offer a package of services including electronics design, assembly, safety and EMC compliance test services, despatch and logistics worldwide.

Shaun Ashmead, managing director of Axiom, said, “Working together means that we can provide everything a customer could want, add value and become even more competitive. In the past the onus of testing the product would rest with the customer. Now through this collaboration a customer can choose to include compliance testing in the packages that we offer.”

John Davies, managing director of Blackwood EMC, said, “We are working closely with Axiom to attract customers with a broader range of needs, from the individual entrepreneur with an idea for a product to the multinational company looking for a full electronics manufacturing solution based in the UK. This alliance can now take a prototype through every step needed to achieve the required safety and EMC standards with Blackwood EMC before offering a complete manufacturing and delivery solution with Axiom.”

Islwyn MP and Under Secretary of State for Wales Don Touhig first introduced the companies last year after recognising their potential to work together. Touhig said, “I noticed that the management teams and the services these companies provide were compatible and they were located within five miles of each other. More companies across Wales could work together to offer even more to the customer and could create a culture of collaboration in the Welsh electronics industry.

Axiom became from Aiwa in 2000 and is accredited to the TS16949 and IPC-A-610C standards and recently became the first CEM to attain a British Kitemark for the lead free manufacture of PCBs. The company also received the Green Apple Award for its environmentally friendly systems and processes and will represent the UK in the European final to be held in Romania in 2006.

Blackwood EMC, established in January 2004, is the first and only company in Wales named a European Competent Body by the DTI and one of only 25 in the UK.

From left: Axiom MD Shaun Ashmead and Islwyn MP Don Touhig are given a masterclass in electromagnetic testing Blackwood EMC MD John Davies.

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