Scientific research equipment, navigational marine lighting, heat recovery systems, automated fire alarms…it’s hard for Quick Circuit’s Wellington General Manager Steve Culevski to think of a sector that doesn’t rely on its circuit boards – “They are used in most things electronic”.
Since starting-up in Auckland in 1999, the high-tech and innovative contract manufacturer of circuit boards has grown significantly. Its latest production facility in Upper Hutt was established in 2012 to meet increasing demand from clients in the lower North Island and throughout the South Island. Earlier this year (2014) Quick Circuit installed its second ‘pick and place’ machine which has doubled its production capacity.
Quick Circuit’s ability to produce small volumes of circuit boards quickly, such as prototypes, is attractive to many of its new customers, especially those heavily involved in R & D of new products.
“We’ve had people ring us on a Friday morning needing prototypes to present at a board meeting on Monday morning so we’ve worked on the weekend to make it happen” Steve explains.
“Our systems give us the flexibility to produce small runs or tens of thousands of custom-made circuit boards – cost effectively and efficiently. The company’s fastest ‘pick and place’ machine places 24,000 individual components (the size of a pinhead) per hour.”
While some of Quick Circuit’s customers just rely on its contract manufacturing services, others utilise its extensive testing and programming services, and finished assembly services through to finished product stage, storage and shipment to end-customers. “We offer the complete package”.
Quick Circuit’s investment in an automatic optical inspection (AOI) machine ensures that every circuit board built, meets the highest standards of quality control at a speed that is not possible by manual inspection. In addition to the company’s state of the art equipment and production systems, customers can log in to its online portal to view the status of their order in real time. Steve says “This level of transparency, our flexibility and high-tech production systems, results in many efficiencies”.
At this stage, the fast growing business is focussed predominantly on New Zealand-based customers but many of its circuit boards are installed in products which are ultimately exported worldwide.
An important reason for Quick Circuit choosing to establish itself in Upper Hutt was that it has some of the most stable land in the lower North Island. Steve says “This was a major consideration for us”.
He highlights some of the intangible benefits that come with being based in Upper Hutt and why Quick Circuit plans to stay in the region. “The City Council’s long term vision and professional approach, and the positive support from our landlord, South Pacific Industrial Park (SPIP), makes doing business here easy. From the start, nothing has been too much trouble”.
“Being based at SPIP is like living in a cul de sac where you know you can always borrow a cup of sugar, a two tonne forklift or an arc welder from anyone of your neighbours. It’s fantastic”.