Snakes alive! Adder climbs ladder
A Cambridge technology company committed to keeping innovation and manufacturing on one site this week opens a new HQ and steps up recruitment of engineers to continue a remarkable story of organic international growth.
Adder Technology has taken 30,000 sq ft at Saxon Way, Bar Hill, and is in the process of adding six engineers to its headcount. Adder, which specialises in KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) connectivity, operates globally with a diverse array of clients.
Established in 1984 by Adrian Dickens, an engineering graduate from Cambridge University, Adder has an impressive track record for bringing successful and profitable products to market.
Adder’s KVM switches allow users to access and control multiple computers from a keyboard monitor and mouse – resulting in reduced complexity and improved efficiency of IT systems. Its extenders allow the keyboard, monitor (or touchscreen) and mouse to be located remotely from the computer, enabling the remote control of systems due to factors such as security, noise, dirt and heat.
Adder’s AV extenders also distribute video and audio signals – ideal for digital signage and media streaming applications such as in-store TV and public information systems.
The company has a huge user base ranging across markets such as retail, financial, industrial, medical, broadcast, air traffic control, digital signage, military and server management.
Dickens said: “With R & D innovation, manufacturing and a warehouse on site we have been full to the gunnels as demand has increased. We are up to 110 people globally - most of them in Cambridge – and still recruiting. We are in Cambridge and California to serve transatlantic markets; Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong to cover Asia; Berlin to serve Germany and the eastern Bloc, including Russia; plus Amsterdam, Barcelona and Stockholm – so our geographical spread is superb.
“Going right back to the start in 1984 I had a big world map on my wall and one of our first export successes was to the Ascension Islands.”
Adder graduated from Dickens’ house to Cambridge Science Park before following the same cost efficient move to Bar Hill that has been the springboard for inkjet giant Domino to rule the world.
Adder has been able to fill most of its new positions with Cambridge talent and Dickens says engineers get a huge kick out of being able to pursue their research and then “stroll out onto the factory floor to see the fruits of their labour.”
Some components are made in Asia and shipped back to Bar Hill but the mother ship retains most of the manufacturing capability as well as total quality control alongside its Cambridge ideas hothouse.
Dickens says Adder is committed to forging further growth. “I have always felt that Adder has got to be a growth business – we can’t afford to flatline.”