Surrey, UK (July 3, 2018)—According to EM Acoustics operations director, Mike Wheeler, the British loudspeaker manufacturer has been on an upwards swing in recent years, moving into its current manufacturing facility in Surrey, UK in 2014, and expanding within the building since.
“We’ve gradually expanded as space has become available, and we now occupy just over 15,000 square feet, which is three times our original surface,” he noted. “We’ve also tripled staffing levels since 2014 as our operations have expanded. The building now houses just about every part of the production process, from woodworking at one end of the factory, through warehousing, crossover assembly, final production, QC and shipping.”
Wheeler added that part of the expansion was due to the addition of a sizable CNC router. “This is a complete game-changer,” confirms Wheeler. “We have a 5-axis CNC router that can operate on any plane at any angle, meaning it can basically cut anything we need it to. The ability to create complex 3D geometries in wood, quickly, accurately and repeatably here on site, has made enormous improvements to our R&D process. Ed [Kinsella, technical director] can have parts and prototypes made the same day, even the same afternoon. As our woodwork machining manager, Joolz Dawe says, ‘If R&D can dream it up, I can make it!’”
With the increased space, EM Acoustics has been able to bring all of its woodworking in-house and is maintaining higher stock of all components, enabling the company to anticipate demand more efficiently and react much more quickly, including for custom products when required.
“There is no doubt that we are now more efficient and more streamlined at every level of the manufacturing process than ever before, from R&D right through to final shipping,” said Wheeler. “The investments we’ve made in space, machinery and manpower continue to prove their worth every day and it’s exciting to see the company grow and develop as a result.”
EM Acoustics • www.emacoustics.co.uk