Kasdon was formed in 1997 as a PCB Assembly spin off from Clarydon Electronic Services. Clarydon was set up to offer a full range of PCBS in a one stop enquiry so all quantities, all types of PCB.
Increasingly, customers asked if Clarydon were able to offer the same level of service and experience to the assembly side and Kasdon was born as a PCB Assembly Company (or Contract Electronics Manufacturer as we’re sometimes known).
Initially, it was 2 directors working from an office in the old Sunbeam Car factory known as Sunbeam Studios where for the first few months, puzzling the directors, requests for photography came through.
Apparently, it was previously a photographic studio so you can imagine the size.
A prestigious medical contract involving consumables for blood analysers put the company on a sound footing. This contract lasted many years until that customer was bought by an American firm and production moved there. By that time, Kasdon was on a sound footing and growing organically by word of mouth and reputation. A move to larger premises in Strawberry Lane ensued and the company gained more momentum. This served well until 2000.
In 2000, it was realised that the company had out grown those premises from a capacity view point but also, as more and more surface mount technology came on board, a cleaner environment with controlled temperatures and humidity for the sensitive machines, (And operators) was necessary to sustain the growth. A much larger unit, still in Strawberry lane became available which was perfect to rework into two separate areas, one for conventional PCB assembly and the other for the SMT.
Investment in PCB technology and a belief in training handpicked staff to a high degree has made continuous growth a fact. Staff retention reflects the loyalty of the workforce and a pride in their company and hence workmanship. Their can do attitude has meant Kasdon has now become a major force in the contract electronics manufacturing arena and is still growing.
Last year, over £400k was invested in latest pick and place machines, optically aligned automatic paste machines, multi stage reflow ovens and automatic optical inspection to increase both capacity and capability in an already impressive factory.
Who can know what the future holds but investment in staff, technology and research can only point Kasdon in the right direction.
MEET THE KASDON TEAM
Name: Martin Barrett
Job title: Sales Manager
Overview: I have been involved in Electronics manufacturing for over 26 years, I bring a wealth of experience covering many business sectors which include: MMI systems, Telecommunications, Telemetry (GPS / GPRS), LED lighting systems, Energy Management solutions & Bespoke solutions to name just a few.
Outside of work: I enjoy watching my local football team with my son, playing golf which I am still learning to play after 3 years of torture. Socialising with the family & friends trying out different food cuisines.
Fun Fact: I enjoy going on family holidays around the world seeing and experiencing all the different cultures. On a trip to Mexico the airline misplaced my luggage which ended up in India. (A week later, I was reunited with my luggage).
Name: Steve Stockley
Job title: Managing Director
Interests outside of work: Trying to keep fit (Am now a proud Granddad of Cara so really the fitness should be done just chasing after her), skiing, reading (OK most of it done with Talking Books these days!!!) watching sport football, cricket, boxing, rugby. Basically love going to big sporting events. Eating out & generally socialising and spending time with my friends & family.
Fun Fact: Played the trumpet as a kid and probably still can (…but I don’t really want to upset the neighbours).