Taking stock

Motorsport connector specialist, BF1 Connect, is increasing its stocks to support new markets with lower lead times.
BF1 Connect was originally created to offer harsh environment connectors and wiring accessories to motorsport, automotive and specialist application markets. Headed up by Helen Lockwood, the company now aims to offer products, tools and expertise to new sectors and applications. To maintain the rapid response, a mandatory requirement for motorsport, the firm has had to expand its stock and find methods to create low volume connectors.

The motorsport market is unusual; incredibly seasonal, there is a rush for parts through the winter, peaking in February and March as cars are built up for the new season, followed by variations in demand through the summer depending on how the cars fare in the races. This makes stock control difficult to manage and in a specialist market it wasnt possible to take the easy option to stock only the fast-moving items. BF1 Connects solution to this is to use the local assembly facility and to readily produce the many variants even the most unusual size and keyway combinations, claims Lockwood. This guarantees a bigger range is available and reduces the costs of storing built-up stock.

The ability to offer niche and specialist connectors at affordable rates is now appealing to engineers in other sectors. Our flexibility, pricing and the fact we offer technical expertise is attractive to the defence, rail and industrial sectors, adds Lockwood. We are receiving more enquiries and, through our preferred relationship with connector manufacturer Souriau, we are able to offer the right solution, quickly and at a competitive price.