Case Studies

Alfatronix: A logistical nightmare solved with flexibility of supply

Linda Kitching is Finance Director at Alfatronix and after years of steady transformer supply, her
source ceased trading.

Wanting to maintain continuity of supply, the Dorset-based company decided to deal with the manufacturer direct but consequently encountered a number of barriers. The primary difficulty was that the offshore supplier was demanding six months visibility on stock levels with payment at point of order. “This made it rather difficult from a production perspective, and logistically it was becoming impossible,” explains Linda. “It’s not very accurate or desirable setting your volumes six months in advance and while we were happy with the product, who wants to cash-flow another company for six months?”

Already using Components Bureau for quality capacitor supply she outlined the problem to Andrew Ferrier who was able to provide drawings within a week, samples within three weeks and volume production within eight weeks of the initial conversation. “The fact that Components Bureau controls every aspect of production and delivery is a real time-saver,” continues Linda. “I can order on a weekly basis because Andrew holds stock- this is a huge advantage as it means we move in sync with production demands. There is also improved cash-flow for us as we are not tying up six months worth of purchasing. It really has been a trouble-free solution and has eased a lot of problems for us.”

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