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Timeline

Some key points that have defined the company as it stands today.

1983

Company founded by Patrick Kiely

Patrick started the business and he took its name from the village he lived in, St Cross, Winchester, UK.  The first product manufactured by St Cross Electronics was a PCB interconnect "jumper".

1983

Company moves to Southampton

Orders soon came in to justify moving to a small industrial unit in Empress Road, Southampton.

1984

Adrian Jukes, now Production Director joins St Cross Electronics

Adrian Jukes joins the company from BT on an apprenticeship scheme and soon makes an impression in the company earmarking himself for greater things.

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1986

Another move to bigger premises

The company's order book is continuing to grow and with a new Industrial Park being built, the company move into Unit 14 Mount Pleasant Ind Park, Southampton.

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1988

Contract won with British Telecom

With the DAS (Digital Access Signalling) introduced by BT, St Cross Electronics were the sole suppliers of cable assemblies for this project.

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1989

Mezzanine floor added to Unit 14

With continued growth the company introduces some changes and a new mezzanine floor is put in and production moves to a dedicated cell in August 1989.  

1990

Awarded BS5750 Pt 2 QA approval

In 1990 we achieved with BSI approval to the BS5750 Part 2 QC system.  We still have this today but in its other guise as ISO9001.  This system enabled us to streamline our business and have QC approved procedures to ensure our customers receive the highest quality cable assemblies.

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1993

St Cross Electronics wins the Camelot National Lottery Contract

We were awarded the rights to produce all cable assemblies for the camelot contract, supplying Racal Mobilcal.  We helped design the assemblies that would integrate with the network of terminals controlled by the 'nodes'.  This system is still the same system that is working today.  All the terminals in shops all connect through to the nodes that then stream to Camelot HQ.

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1995

Factory doubles in size

Our neighbours move out, so we take the opportunity to move into Unit 15.  With our continued growth we double the floor size to 10,000 sq ft ensuring plenty of space for future growth.

1996

MRP system installed

To ensure we remain competitive, the company takes the step and introduces a fully computerised system into the business.  Part of that is manufacturing using MRP.  It is a big undertaking to change from a manual system but the benefits are instant for both us and our customers.

1998

Dax Ward rejoins the business

Today’s Managing Director, re-joins the business from a connector manufacturer after leaving in 1994 to pursue a career in sales. Dax re-joins as Sales Manager.

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2000

Invensys join customer list

Invensys procure all cable assemblies from St Cross Electronics.  Cables are used for 2G and 3G mobile communications base stations all over the UK and Ireland.

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2003

Management buy out agreed

In 2003 a MBO is agreed by owner Patrick Kiely and new owners to be Adrian Jukes and Dax Ward.  Patrick Kiely after 20+ years retires from St. Cross Electronics after guiding and building the company.

2005

Bowman Radio MOD contract

We supply all cable assemblies that are being used by end customer General Dynamics on the Bowman Radio contract. This is the new radio system used by the British Army.

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2007

More Quality approvals added- ISO9001/14001/OHSAS18001

We are awarded approval to operate our QC system under ISO9001 / ISO14001 and OHSAS18001.  This allows us to stand us aprt from our competitors and within 6 months were awarded this approval which we still hold today.

2009

Motorsport sector set up

We started to supply F1 teams cable assemblies and decided to set up a dedicated cell/team for this technical market.  Soon after this was set up we supplied teams from club racing through to GT series.

2010

UL approvals awarded

We were awarded UL approval status to manufacture cables for USA, Canada and USA/Canada together. 

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2011

Awarded first NASCAR order

Our motorsport team were awarded with a NASCAR order from our USA partners.  The first order was for 70 car sets to be delivered in a 6 week window.  This was achieved in the deadline to the highest quality despite the order coinciding with our 10 day Christmas shutdown.

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2012

Supply Americas Cup Organisation

We supplied Americas Cup with cable assemblies used to enhance the TV viewing experience.  All tracking, positioning, speed data was fed back to ACO using cable assemblies manufactured here in the UK.

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2014

Change in MRP system

A major overhaul of our IT system was organised, and this included changing our MRP system to a new ERP CRM system called Priority.  This has improved our business efficiency and even allows full remote access to manage the business from anywhere in the world.

2015

Supply Ben Ainslie Racing

We start to supply Ben Ainslie Racing with cable assemblies that are used on all the development yachts in what will eventually culminate in the design for the boat that will challenge for the Americas Cup in Bermuda in 2017.  

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2016

Google

Company starts to supply Google with cable assemblies.

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2017

AS9100 QC Approval

Company officially starts moving towards AS9100 accreditation

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