DJ Assembly originated in the West Midlands in the 1990’s as a contract manufacturer. The core work centred around simple assemblies, conventional component placing and box build.
DJ were acquired by Cyclops Electronics Group in 2010 and relocated to their HQ in Osbaldwick, a suburb of York. Their clients were retained throughout and DJ was quickly established in the North of England as a small/medium volume contract manufacturer specialising in complex assemblies with a select group of hi-tech clients.
By 2013 DJ was turning over £1M+. At this point Cyclops Electronics elected to invest heavily in management, processes, equipment, and IT support. DJ benefitted from an introduction of a structured sales and marketing policy as well as the purchase of Mycronic pick and place machines.
DJ began to exhibit at the prestigious Southern Manufacturing show, attracting a significant number of major clients who were looking for product development partners for their new projects. The combination of service, abilities and sales quickly bought new customers in alternative energy, microwave and military markets as well as world leaders in MRI technology, sound detection and the burgeoning electric vehicle marketplace.
By 2018 it was clear that DJ was outgrowing the premises and that further investment was required, and so the board of Cyclops decided to split the group, with DJ being subject to a management buy out by the Operations Manager and the Group Sales Director.
In the first year as a standalone business DJ doubled in turnover, immediately investing in the most advanced equipment available. An investment of approaching £1M followed over the next two years. This saw the acquisition of a brand new Mycronic MY300 pick and place machine, a DeK stencil printer, a new 7 zone reflow oven, and a 3D AOI machine. Multiple inspection, rework and solder stations were also purchased. Headcount has increased, sales continue to rise, and the implementation of a new software solution has seen improvements in efficiencies across the entire company.
DJ celebrated its third birthday as an independent business in May 2021 whilst also celebrating the contract win to supply time management systems worth nearly £1 million a year. The company was selected as the only CEM capable of placing components for the board found in every electric vehicle battery, a market which continues to grow exponentially. The company were also contracted to place critical components in circuit boards found in jet fighters, advanced imaging systems, medical systems and in the latest archaeological surveying and geophysics equipment.
As the company grows DJ retains the same launch principles. The company is service led, keeps the customer first, focuses on quality as the highest priority, and places great value on collaborative partnerships. Regular customers still include those that were there at the outset and bought from DJ when it operated out of a small lockup in Birmingham.
The team take great pride in historical and continued technological advances, and DJ’s circuit boards are found in a huge range of current products.
Tony is a trained archaeologist who qualified in 1988. In 1999 he founded Complete Office Solutions in a garage in Wakefield, West Yorks. After selling the business in 2013 Tony joined Cyclops Group as Director of Sales leading international sales across 4 counties and 5 separate product groups, overseeing exceptional growth throughout the whole Group.
In 2018 Tony headed up the MBO of DJ, taking the company out of the Cyclops umbrella and allowing him and the management team to focus on DJ as a growth market.
The dramatic growth in turnover and profits demonstrated by DJ over the last 3 years directed by Tony, gives the business a good launch platform for future growth and investment.
Steve’s background is in microwave and detection systems, and he selected DJ as his primary supplier when working for a local microwave research unit.
He was eventually tempted away to join DJ in 2016 as General Manager and quickly revitalised the quality, management and processes. These improvements led to huge increases in efficiency and margin. Steven also involves himself in the management of key clients, ensuring that the needs of the customer are always placed front and centre of the business priority.
Steve’s background in microwave, especially the requirement for exceptionally fine placement, allows him to empathise with demanding projects. This has been the primary driver in several big client wins for DJ, resulting ultimately in the contract to supply key PCBs for electric vehicle batteries, a win that took 18 months of research and development to land.
Charlotte’s background is in materials supply and management, latterly heading up the DJ sales team.
Charlotte has been Commercial Director at DJ since 2021 and is still the primary point of contact for many long-standing customers and clients.
Her priorities are simple: service, quality, and flexibility. She remains the customer champion in the management team, liaising daily with the production, quality, and finance managers in production reviews.
Charlotte is a critical figure in the development of future marketing and development strategies, and is constantly in contact with customers who wants to discuss new projects and development of existing builds.
Richard has a solid background in production management and control gained at prestigious manufacturing companies across the North of England.
Richard joined DJ in 2011 and orchestrated the move from the West Midlands up to York, moving the business whilst retaining all the customers in the process.
Many customers treat Richard as their point of contact. His expertise is coupled with his ability to apparently invent several extra production days in every month. This means he remains the go-to person when lead times need shortening and miracles need to happen.
Richard oversees production including surface mount, conventional assembly, box build and quality, ably assisted by Lauren and Andrew.
Toni joined DJ’s team in early 2019.
Day to day she manages all the material that comes into DJ as well as all the finished goods that go out. She oversees the costing team and is responsible for strategic and general electronic component purchasing. Toni expertly manages the store team and warehouse, keeping a varied catalogue of parts, ESD materials and kitting of parts to ensure that the factory can run efficiently and on schedule. In addition, she’s in charge of packing and shipping, supplier management, and both internal and supplier audits, when she can find the time!
Andrew is a lynchpin in the DJ management team. With an incredible in-depth knowledge of electronics and the industry, the team and customers often refer to him as the problem solver.
Andrew is a certified IPC Trainer and has a BEng in Electronic Engineering. These qualifications and almost a decade with DJ enable him to share technical knowledge and lend support to all departments, as the Inspection and Test Lead and assisting the Production Manager.
Andrew’s management of all quality systems and tenacity in investigating any performance and quality issue, to always find a solution to prevent any issue reoccurring, has earnt him great respect with both customers and colleagues alike.
Lisa joined DJ in 2020 after a long and successful career at a chartered accountancy firm in York.
Lisa’s experience is in managing accounts, debtors, creditors, cashflow, budgets and growth. She specialises in change management and is instrumental in changing DJ over onto a new software package.
Lisa also manages the credit control and payment ledger teams, with responsibility for ensuring that suppliers and customers are managed correctly.
Lauren is the newest appointee to the DJ management team. After a long career in hospitality Lauren ended up as a senior manager at the UK’s premier Country Park Hotel, where she managed a huge team of over 200 full and part-time staff across several business units.
Lauren brings a wealth of people management skills along with the ability to manage sometimes competing priorities in a fast moving, customer centric environment.
This experience will stand DJ in good stead as Lauren starts to reorganise and refocus the production team especially as growth continues at an exciting rate.
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