Spectrum Technologies PLC, a UK-based specialist in the design and development of laser wire processing equipment for the aerospace industry, has had a busy few years in the Chinese market following a number of major contract awards from key aerospace manufacturers in the country. As a result the company is changing its company status to become a FICE and is moving to new larger offices in Shanghai.
Spectrum has had a presence in China since 2006 when the Company opened its first Asia-Pacific office in Hong Kong with one Technical Sales Engineer. Spectrum subsequently employed a Field Service Engineer in Beijing to support the growing customer base in the region.
In 2009, Spectrum replaced the Hong Kong office with a Representative Office in Shanghai. The China office now employs a total of four people including a Technical Sales Engineer and Sales & Marketing Assistant in Shanghai, and a Technical Sales Engineer based in Shenzhen, in addition to the Beijing based Service Engineer.
During this time Spectrum has established itself as the number one supplier of wire marking equipment to the aerospace industry in China, as well as to the rest of the world.
Spectrum has won a number of significant contracts in China, including most recently the contract to supply Shanghai SAIFEI Aviation EWIS Manufacturing Co. Ltd (SAIFEI) with a top of the range Nova™ laser wire marking system.
SAIFEI is a joint venture between Labinal the French Electrical Wiring and Interconnect Systems (EWIS) giant and division of the Safran Group; and Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (SAMC), a subsidiary of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC). SAIFEI will be the primary supplier of electrical wire harnesses for the COMAC C919 jet. This system will bring the number of Spectrum UV laser wire markers installed in China to 25, in addition to over 140 laser wire stripping products.
Spectrum counts amongst its customers in China large Western aerospace manufacturers who now have in-country facilities, as well as the majority of China’s indigenous aircraft manufacturers, such as Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, Changhe Aircraft Industries, Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation and Xi’an Aircraft Company.
This year, Spectrum Technologies will be moving to new premises in Pudong, Shanghai under a new trading status: from September 2013 Spectrum will become a Foreign Invested Commercial Enterprise (FICE).
Spectrum’s new China operation will provide a full service one stop shop for customers, able to place and receive orders, import and export goods including spare parts that will be stocked locally for fast turnaround to local customers, and deal in local currency.
John Meahan, Spectrum International Sales & Marketing Director, explains, “This change of status and new premises is a significant step for the company; it demonstrates Spectrum’s commitment to doing business in this region and to establishing the right kind of support, technical and commercial, for our customers there. We also want to highlight that we are the clear number one in this market and in this region, and that we intend to remain so.”