Pace Outsources Set-top Box NPI, Prototyping to PartnerTech

Pace Micro Technology plc (LSE:PIC), the leading independent developer of digital TV technologies for the global pay TV industry, has selected PartnerTech, one of Europe’s leading contract manufacturing companies, to provide a fast-turnaround new product introduction (NPI) and prototyping service covering its market leading range of digital set-top boxes. The business will be fulfilled from PartnerTech’s UK facilities in Poole and Cambridge.

Engineers at Pace’s R&D centre at Saltaire, West Yorkshire, UK, needed an experienced outsourcing partner to support its substantial NPI pipeline. Pace opted to outsource this business to PartnerTech as it wanted a supplier with a UK footprint that could support this level of activity, meet the quality expectations and deliver against the challenging 1 to 5-day turnaround schedule.

Chris Bew, general manager, technical operations, Pace Micro Technology, said: “We have been using PartnerTech’s UK prototyping and PCB assembly services on and off for over 20 years and therefore had no hesitation in outsourcing our NPI business to them when our previous supplier closed its UK operation earlier this year. PartnerTech has performed exceptionally so far and has demonstrated its flexibility by reworking its shop floor layout to suit our processes as well as investing in some new equipment to improve prototype verification.”

“Having a professional NPI partner is crucial to us meeting our customer requirements,” added Chris Bew. “PartnerTech is an experienced and stable supplier and is constantly challenging our processes and has added considerable value already particularly with its design for manufacture and test expertise.”

Gary Howse, managing director of PartnerTech’s UK operation (formerly Hansatech), said: “Pace is a pioneer in the set-top box market and we are delighted to have been selected as a strategic outsourcing partner for the NPI programme.”

PartnerTech is one of Europe’s largest business-to-business contract manufacturing companies with 15 manufacturing centres and approximately 2,000 employees at sites in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, the UK, the United States and China. The company provides customers with a wide range of product lifecycle services from design, design prototyping and new product introduction, to production, logistics, distribution and after sales.

About PartnerTech
PartnerTech develops and manufactures products under contract for leading companies, primarily in telecommunications, IT, the engineering industry and medical technology. With approximately 2,000 employees at its plants in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, the UK, the United States and China, PartnerTech has a turnover of approximately SEK 3 billion. PartnerTech AB, the parent company, has its head office in Malmö and is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

About Pace Micro Technology
Pace Micro Technology plc is a leading technology developer for the global payTV industry. Pace’s main focus is on creating intelligent and innovative products and services that benefit our customers and fuel the development of digital TV. Over the last 25 years, Pace has developed one of the world’s most experienced specialist engineering teams and is now the partner of choice for leading payTV operators across the globe. Pace’s international headquarters are in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, UK, with further offices in the USA, France, India and Hong Kong.