PCB design and assembly agreement signed

Offshore director, Dan Attewell, explains how the company’s ‘extra as standard’ approach, plus new production capacity, helped it secure a new manufacturing contract


Offshore Electronics will provide design for manufacture support and PCB assembly services to Fireco, a supplier and manufacturer of fire door compliance devices and solutions. The move consolidates much of Fireco’s PCBA procurement, with the company having used several suppliers prior to signing its new contract with the Guernsey-based CEM.


Fireco’s Dorgard and Freedor products automatically close when a building’s alarm systems are triggered. This allows a business to leave its fire doors open, if desired, while still complying with building regulations. The company has manufactured three variants of this product over almost three decades but will now incorporate greater functionality into a single all-purpose solution due to be released in 2023.


Fireco’s purchasing manager, Mark Challacombe, said: “I’ve worked with many CEMs throughout my career, but the team at Offshore have consistently outperformed their competitors. There’s a wealth of in-house knowledge and an attention to detail that can be lacking with other outsourced partners.”


Offshore director, Dan Attewell, added: “Offshore’s NPI process is proven and will take Fireco’s range to the next level during an important period of growth. Our close supplier relationship will keep the project running to schedule and a new Yamaha Z:LEX YSM20R modular pick and place machine will vastly increase output once we’ve settled on a new board design.


“The way CEMs work with customers has changed over the last three years but we’ve always adopted a value-added mindset. It’s validating to see this approach pay off with an exciting new contract.”