New global Head of Sales for Season Group
Posted 06.11.2013Steve Wilks has taken on the role of Vice President of Global Sales at Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider, Season Group.
Steve, who has been responsible for EMEA Business Development at Season Group since 2011, will now lead the Group's sales teams in China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, Canada, the US and Europe.
Originally from Cardiff in Wales, he has nearly 20 years' experience of working in the EMS industry having held a number of roles with major companies including Celestica, ICL, Hitachi and Axiom Manufacturing Services.
Commenting on the new role, Steve said: “I am delighted to take on this role at such an exciting time in Season Group's development. The recent investments that we have made have resulted in extremely positive customer feedback. I believe that we have a unique position in our industry and that no-one else has the range of services, global locations, quality approvals and international management experience that is available at Season. And perhaps more importantly, our size means that we can provide the focus on key projects from major OEMs and SMEs alike."
Carl Hung, President and Chief Operating Officer, said: “Since its formation in 1975, Season Group has demonstrated its commitment to the delivery of world class quality products and services to its customers. Over the past 18 months Season Group has expanded significantly in line with customer demand and the creation of this new position will allow me to focus on the continued development of our global operations."
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Season Group appoints UK Quality Director
Posted 03.10.2013EMS provider, Season Group, has appointed a newquality director, Keith Stone, to head up the Group's Quality function in the UK.
Keith has experience in both Quality systems and Production Engineering and has held a number of senior industry positions, most recently as Group Engineering and Quality Director at ACW Technology.
He will be responsible for developing the quality processes at Season Group's UK facility – with the aim of achieving both AS9100 and ISO13485 approval in 2014.
Carl Hung, President and COO of Season Group, said: “Season Group has invested significantly in its UK operations in recent months with the acquisition of DSP Design in the East Midlands and OEL in the South.
“Keith will play a key role in aligning the Group's AS9100 plans as well as in assisting the OEL management team to complete the upgrades to the Havant facility. OEL already has an enviable reputation in ensuring that its customers benefit from the highest levels of quality and flexibility whilst maintaining fast turnaround times and ability to scale products when and where required. Adding a higher level quality certification will demonstrate our commitment to further enhance OEL's stature in the UK EMS industry.”
Commenting on the appointment, Chris Coldbreath, Director of Operations of OEL, said: "I am delighted that Keith has chosen to join the team here in Havant. The technical expertise that he will bring to OEL will undoubtedly be appreciated by our customers. In addition, we are keen to use Keith's international experience on a number of projects that we already have underway that involve both UK and Asia manufacturing elements."
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Season Group strengthens US management team
Posted 27.09.2013Global vertically integrated EMS provider, Season Group, has made a number of key appointments in the US as the Group looks to further its growth and expansion strategy globally.
Alex Colquhoun has been appointed as General Manager whilst Allen Bennink joins as Operations Manager.
Alex has over 16 years industry experience and has a strong track record in financial management and mergers and acquisitions. He has held senior management positions within a number of leading electronics companies including California-based OSI Electronics and Corlund Electronics.
Allen, who has been running his own company providing outsourcing assistance to OEM's in the US will use his strengths in test engineering and quality systems gained at IEC Electronics, ACT Electronics and CM Solutions for the benefit of the Group's US Operations.
Both will be based at Season Group's San Antonio plant.
Carl Hung, President and COO of Season Group, said: “Season Group has particular strengths in providing PCBA, Electromechanical Assembly, Cable Assembly and After Market Services in both North America and Europe. In recent months the Groups strategy has been focused on providing our US customers with the best overall solution whether in region or globally.
“Both Alex and Allen will play a key role in this strategy, which is geared towards giving our customers a complete, customized manufacturing and engineering service for applications in the medical, industrial, automotive, safety and security, environmental and communications markets. We welcome them to the team.”
These positions have become necessary as Season Group plans to grow its revenue exponentially in the US.
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Havant-based Outsource Electronics Limited now part of Season Group
Global, vertically integrated Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider, Season Group, has completed the acquisition of Outsource Electronics Limited (OEL) in the UK.
The deal follows the acquisition of leading UK embedded computer systems company, DSP Design in Chesterfield, East Midlands, in 2012 and forms part of the group’s strategy to grow its global offering in line with customer demand.
- Amongst the many benefits available from the OEL site:
- New customers will be able to utilize Season Group’s global expertise in right-shoring - i.e. the building of products in the ideal geographic location to minimize cost whilst also achieving the necessary supply chain flexibility for the customer’s end market - whether in the UK, Asia or elsewhere.
- UK companies will be able to validate their designs prior to volume manufacturing moving off-shore.
- The facilitation of selected product moving back from its current manufacturing location in Asia to the UK.
Carl Hung, President and COO of Season Group, said: "Since our Memorandum of Understanding with OEL we have received numerous requests from customers looking to consolidate all of their products under one umbrella and leverage Season Group’s in-house cable and plastics capabilities for their benefit.
"Not only does this acquisition enable customers to accelerate this activity, but we are able to provide customers with the expertise and global footprint needed when right-shoring their production."
Under its new ownership structure, OEL will continue to be managed by the existing highly-experienced management team. The company is also pushing ahead with plans to further develop the Havant site.
Chris Coldbreath, Managing Director of OEL said: "We are delighted to announce the completion of this acquisition. We believe this gives us the necessary impetus to grow the Havant site further and add maximum value to both our existing and new customer base."
He added: "We are already bidding on contracts that could be worth around $40m based on some production at OEL and some in Season China. This would not have been possible if we were not working together."
Season Group now provides PCBA, Electromechanical Assembly, Cable Assembly and After Market Services in both Europe and North America whilst its Malaysia and China sites continue to provide the best overall manufacturing solution for many OEMs looking to increase sales in those markets.
Season Group is also actively looking to increase its global EMS footprint further through acquisition.
Season Group to acquire Havant-based Outsource Electronics Limited
Posted 16.05.2013Season Group, the global vertically integrated EMS provider, today announced that it is in the process of acquiring Outsource Electronics Limited (OEL) in the UK. The deal is expected to be concluded in June.
Speaking of the acquisition, Carl Hung, President and COO of Season Group stated: “We have been working closely with OEL for around 18 months on a number of projects.
“During this time we have had excellent feedback from customers involved in these joint activities; a testimony that they clearly value the opportunity to validate their designs in the UK before moving production to Season Group’s other sites.
“OEL’s established customers have also seen the opportunity to leverage Season Group’s in-house cable and plastics capabilities and some are looking to consolidate all of their products - some of which are with other UK and Far East suppliers, to Season Group.
“As a result we are confident that the relationship has already had a positive effect on both Season Group and OEL business. Bringing OEL formally within the Season Group will give customers the confidence to accelerate this activity and, I believe, will attract new customers.
“As well as proving the benefits of the business model over the past year, we have also developed a great respect for the OEL management team - and we are delighted that they have chosen to join the Season Group team.”
Through this acquisition, Season Group is ensuring that it is well placed to respond to the growing trend towards right shoring – where products are built in the ideal geographic location to minimise cost whilst also achieving the necessary supply chain flexibility for the customer’s end market.
For many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), the benefits of manufacturing products at Season Group’s Malaysia and China sites will continue to provide the best overall solution – especially as the opportunities for OEMs to increase sales in those markets continue to grow.
However, those same customers are seeing that some of their product portfolio is best manufactured “in region” – and with the addition of OEL, Season Group can now provide PCBA, Electromechanical Assembly, Cable Assembly and After Market Services in both Europe and North America.
Commenting on the acquisition, Chris Coldbreath, Managing Director of OEL said: “We believe that this is the right time to join forces with Season Group.
“We are certain that this move will bring major benefits to our customers, employees and suppliers. Having worked with the Season Group team on a number of projects, we have developed an excellent working relationship.
“We will also continue our plans to develop the Havant site and to leverage Season Group’s knowledge of quality processes to accelerate our plans to achieve AS9100 in the near future.”