Press Release

Plexus Invests in New Surface Mount Technology Line for Electronics Manufacturing

April 23, 2014
  • Scottish team introduces £1.6m state of the art SMT line
  • New technology set to improve quality, productivity and reliability
  • Latest investment delivers manufacturing excellence and comes less than a year after substantial expansion of UK design and manufacturing operations

KELSO, SCOTLAND, 23 April 2014 - Plexus Corp. (NASDAQ: PLXS), a global provider of optimised Product Realization solutions, has introduced a new Surface Mount Technology (SMT) placement line into its manufacturing facility in Kelso. The £1.6M investment brings state of the art technology, including:

  • ASM pick and place equipment
  • DEK screen printer
  • Camalot adhesive dispensing
  • Speedline omnimax reflow oven

With electronics manufacturing operations becoming increasingly sophisticated, original equipment manufacturers expect the latest technical equipment from manufacturing partners. Incorporating equipment with the latest technological advancements provides more opportunities to ensure complex products that meet ever increasing technical standards, are manufactured faster and with improved accuracy and quality. This reduces the time it takes for products to get to market and gives a substantial competitive advantage to original equipment manufacturers.

The new SMT placement line increases the capability of Plexus' UK manufacturing operations, enhancing the service offering by adding the advanced technological capabilities. The new equipment will be populating 01005 components, fine pitch CSP devices and deliver package on package technology. It also completes the refresh of all of SMT equipment across the two Plexus manufacturing sites in the UK and provides the opportunity to run dedicated ASM scheduling software to sequence change-overs and minimise downtime.

Following last year’s extensive expansion of its UK design and manufacturing operations in Livingston (an investment of £9M) Plexus’ latest purchase is testament to the company’s continued commitment to providing state of the art manufacturing solutions in the EMEA region.

Frank Zycinski, VP Operations EMEA at Plexus commented: "We understand that having the latest leading edge equipment is key to providing the best possible manufacturing services for our customers, which enables them to reduce the overall time to market of their products. This investment comes less than 12 months after the substantial expansion of Plexus' UK manufacturing facilities and it is demand that has driven this decision to invest further our capabilities in the UK."


For further information, please contact:

Lisa Gladstone, Market Communications Specialist - EMEA

+44 1573 223 601+44 1573 223 601 or


About Plexus Corp. – The Product Realization Company

Plexus ( delivers optimized Product Realization solutions through a unique Product Realization Value Stream service model. This customer-focused services model seamlessly integrates innovative product conceptualization, design, commercialization, manufacturing, fulfillment and sustaining services to deliver comprehensive end-to-end solutions for customers in the America, European and Asia-Pacific regions. Plexus is the industry leader in servicing mid-to-low volume, higher complexity customer programs characterized by unique flexibility, technology, quality and regulatory requirements. Award-winning customer service is provided to over 140 branded product companies in the Networking/Communications, Healthcare/Life Sciences, Industrial/Commercial and Defense/Security/Aerospace market sectors.


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