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quality award for Silcotec Europe

Silcotec quality put under the microscope by FEI

Silcotec Europe have received a fourth supplier award nomination from world leading high performance electron microscopy manufacturer FEI.

Silcotec Europe have been a preferred supplier to FEI since 2009.

In 2010 they were nominated as ‘Best New Supplier’, in 2012 for “Best Overall Quality’, and again in 2013 for the same award. In each instance Silcotec Europe emerged as winner after nomination. The company has been delighted to be nominated this year in the category of “Best Performance – Operational Excellence’.

Group Operations Manager, Paul Bullock and Key Account Manager, Enda Bonner travel to Hillsboro, Oregon in late January for the awards ceremony.

Bullock commented: “We are proud of our relationship with FEI. They are a world class company with, as you would expect, a number of world class supply partners. Simply to be nominated is a huge honour.”

FEI’s Operational Excellence award is based on long term measurement of both quality and on-time delivery.

Silcotec Europe has achieved a 99.8% quality score and 96.8% on-time delivery across the period with delivery measured globally including Netherlands, Czech Republic and USA combined.

Key Account Manager, Enda Bonner noted: “This nomination is a huge vote of support for the whole Silcotec Europe team especially those in our Centre of Manufacturing Excellence in Komarno. We would love to be picking up the award on behalf of all of them. This award is all about our teams focus on manufacturing and service excellence – even to get shortlisted is a huge accolade”

FEI is a leading diversified scientific instruments company, featuring electron and ion-beam microscopes and other instruments for nanoscale applications across many industries. Across their product portfolio quality matters – that’s why they choose Silcotec for their low voltage cable supply

With more than 60 years of innovation and leadership, FEI enables customers to find meaningful answers to questions that accelerate breakthrough discoveries, increase productivity, and ultimately change the world.

In many ways they represent a ‘typical Silcotec customer’ in that they are a leading OEM in their sector and manufacture devices for critical applications.

Silcotec Europe’s focus on quality and exceeding customer expectations is why they have been chosen by some of the World’s leading electronics businesses not only to supply them but to receive their commendations as their key partners – not just in this sector – but across their entire customer portfolio.

To find out more about how Silcotec Europe can help you meet your critical manufacturing goals contact Paul Bullock on +44 7715 405515

Linguists support integration

New recruits support commitment to supply chain integration

More and more of our customers have moved away from pure ‘cost down’ procurement and now look toward building a value managed relationship with key suppliers. In our search and selection processes we are always looking for new team members to support this sort of  integration.

As we have customers and suppliers across the World we often look for key staff with multi-lingual skills to drive integration across our  Global supply chain

Two of Silcotec Europe’s newest recruits not only bring their skills to the business but add to the business’s armoury of linguists. Silcotec Europe prides itself on the depth of its  integration with its clients, and, in turn with its own suppliers.

Fulfilling this commitment would be considerably more difficult if language differences hindered communication. So Tibor Barath, General Manager at the Komarno Centre of Manufacturing excellence was delighted to welcome both Peter Balla and Lucia Jancova to the team.

Peter is fluent in English/German/Polish/Hungarian and native Slovak and has joined Silcotec Europe as a Technical Buyer. He has already packed a lot in to his 33 years and has worked in Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Northern Ireland. After his travelling Peter returned and worked in the supply chain side of the construction industry, sourcing and negotiating with suppliers of raw materials across Europe. This role was not only about technical buying but about working with suppliers and clients to find technical solutions for construction issues.

General Manager, Tibor Barath commented: “It became apparent in the recruitment process that Peter’s whole approach as a buyer was based on working with suppliers. When we work with our customers we work to build a relationship strong on vertical integration and the same with our suppliers.”

Lucia’s pan European work experience means she has mastered, English, German and Polish. At Silcotec Europe we major on customer service and our customers span Europe.

Lucia worked for 3 years in England for a company building turbines in the aerospace sector. Her travels then took her to Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.

Her experience not only of different languages but also different cultures have clearly enhanced her communication skills. Paul Bullock, Group Operations Manager, observed: “We pride ourselves on our high degree of integration with our customers. Lucia has joined one of our dedicated customer service teams. We work hand in glove with our customers and that is not just about understanding of language but having a cultural match. Lucia is proving a great asset in that regard”


high voltage cables from Silcotec

High voltage powers Silcotec Europe growth

Silcotec Europe an award winning supplier of low voltage cables is now meeting the needs of customers in the high voltage range.

The philosophy at the heart of Silcotec Europe has always been focussed on exceeding customers expectations by supplying products and service that are not just good but great.

In 2009 Silcotec Europe was able to “Bust the Myth” within FEI who design and manu­facture, the broadest range of high-performance microscopy products that low voltage cable suppliers could not be great suppliers by winning their “Best new supplier award” and subsequently went on to win “Best Quality” awards from FEI in 2011 and 2102 for their low voltage products. Now they are applying the standards of excellence to delivering high voltage products to their customers.

Stephen Bullock, Silcotec Europe’s CEO commented: “The High Voltage market is a specialised area and is a perfect fit with our customers in the medical and electron microscopy markets. Silcotec is currently building finished cable assemblies up to 100kV with the option for higher voltages if required.”

Silcotec Europe specialises in the manufacturing of cable harnesses and integrated cabinets to the most exacting standards for some of the World’s leading OEMs.