Morris Productions , the Campsie, NSW-based board fabricator, is to stop PCB production. The company has reached an agreement with Precision Circuits of Nunawading, Vic, which allows Precision to become the alternative supplier for Morris’ existing customers.
“Because of the decline in the PCB market, we have decided to cease manufacturing [boards],” explained George Edwards, Morris’ CEO. “We believe our customers will be best served by Precision Circuits.”
Precision Circuits will manufacture PCBs for ex-Morris customers at its Melbourne plant as well as at the recently acquired Perth facility of East Coast Circuits (see AEE Mar 02 pg 8). “Precision Circuits will be able to provide continuity of supply to [Morris] customers on the same terms as their contractual arrangements with [Morris],” promised Precision’s MD, Joe Hernandez.
“We are confident that we will be able to offer continuity of manufacture in terms of product quality, technology requirements, and delivery reliability,” added Hernandez. “As the largest PCB manufacturer, we are committed to the industry and to assuming a leading role in this part of the Asia-Pacific region.”
Edwards added that Morris was committed to completing existing orders and “will continue to offer PCB design, layout and advisory services, as well as industrial graphics”.
The change in direction for Morris comes only weeks after the formation of the Interconnect Technologies Forum (ITF) by the chief executives of Australia’s six major PCB companies (see AEE Apr 02 pg 6). Edwards is chairman of the ITF and launched the venture by explaining: “This group will focus on not only interconnection technologies, but on ‘interconnection’ in the context of co-operation with other organisations throughout the electronics industry supply chain.”