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Assembly Contracts Quarterly Report
Q2 2020
Celebrating 29 years of excellence
ACL factoryIn this report we aim to inform our industry colleagues of any relevant news, component lead-time updates and market conditions that may affect the electronics industry as a whole and particularly, the making of your product.

May we take this opportunity to wish everyone in your Company and your families well during these challenging times.

ACL is open for business, operating at fully capacity, and as a critical key supplier to the medical & infrastructure industries, will be remaining so.

We are taking every precaution and are following guidelines to protect all of our employees.

Whilst at this time material availability is still favourable, lead-times are extending and pricing is generally increasing. So, should you have any visibility of requirements, even if not for immediate delivery, we would urge you to place your orders as soon as possible.

I hope you find the following informative.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or comments.

Supply Chain & Manufacturing
Supply chain managementThe end of the last quarter saw the UK enter a lockdown that lasted almost the entirety of this quarter. With businesses and factories mostly working on a skeleton staffing basis the supply chain has suffered some backlogs and shortages resulting in lead time increases.

As per the last quarter, carriers increased their pricing and that lead to surcharges being passed on through the supply chain.

As the quarter continued there were some signs of picking up as the PMI* posted at 50.1** in June after a low of 30 in May.

*a measure of manufacturing sectors order book
**Anything below 50 denotes contraction and above denotes expansion
UK & Global Trends
ACL SM LineSterling had another tough period, suffering particularly on the back of the GDP data which showed the economy shrank by 2.2 pcs in the first quarter. This is the biggest drop since 1979. It has made recoveries on its 10 year low against the EUR but still remains on a downward trend. It has held relatively well against the Dollar but with fears over additional lockdowns in the world dampening hopes of a quick economic recovery, investors sought out the safe-haven Dollar. As the UK eases out of lockdown and the lack of Brexit progress weigh heavy, the gains of GBP are limited but as markets begin to calm the hope is it continues steadily in the same vain.
Please find enclosed ACL's brochure together with a component pricing and lead time breakdown

With ACL, Manchester, as your partner you receive unsurpassed manufacturing quality, delivered on time every time by our IPC trained & experienced workforce.

We offer a 3-Year workmanship warranty as standard.

If you would like to discuss any manufacturing requirements please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

Arthur Woode
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