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5 September, 2012 - 11:50 By News Desk

US electronics giant expands

Michael Eyres, MD of Artisan (UK) Developments Ltd handing over the keys of Unit 2 Fenice Court, Eaton Socon, St Neots to Colin Strother, general manager for Rochester Electronics’ EMEA.

The subsidiary of a US electronics giant has expanded its division in St Neots.

Rochester Electronics’ EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) operation has taken a long-term lease of a 4,200 sq ft modern office unit at Artisan’s Fenice Court development in Eaton Socon.

The company, whose global HQ is in Newburyport, Massachusetts, hopes to create a number of new jobs to meet growing global demand. Rochester Electronics is acknowledged as the world’s largest continuing manufacturer and long-term aftermarket support solution for mature and EOL semiconductors. It is the only company in the world authorised by over 60 leading semiconductor manufacturers to support their customers’ continuing requirements.

Through these strategic relationships, Rochester provides aftermarket support by offering more than 300,000 Rochester-manufactured devices, a wafer bank of more than 10 billion die and a finished device inventory of over five billion parts.

With customers, authorised distribution partners and employees spread across the entire EMEA region, the company wanted to expand its EMEA headquarters to meet the needs of a growing EMEA business. With very few new and modern premises available in the area at the size required, Rochester looked to developer Artisan (UK) Developments Ltd for a solution.

Colin Strother, Rochester’s general manager for the region, said: “We felt it necessary to move into larger premises to allow us to continue our long term development within the region; however in our initial search we found very little was available in St Neots.

“Rochester Electronics is a company with a long-term vision and we needed new facilities to meet our current needs as well as supporting our long-term business commitments, goals and aspirations.”

Based at Phoenix Park in Eaton Socon for over six years, Rochester wanted to stay in the immediate vicinity to minimise any disruption to its employees and provide ongoing stability and consistency.

Artisan recently finished construction of Fenice Court, a new office development within Phoenix Park and the close proximity to Rochester’s existing offices couldn’t have been more ideal. The new premises increases Rochester’s working environment from 1,850 sq ft to spacious 4,200 sq ft. But a highly bespoke interior fit out was needed to meet the company’s very specific business model and day-to-day operating criteria.

“We designed and created a highly unique and bespoke fit out in conjunction with Artisan to not only mirror the corporate branding of the company, but to feature key facilities that were lacking in our previous premises,” says Strother.

Additions include state-of-the-art conference facilities providing the ability to host global meetings and act as the centre point between the company’s US and Asia offices, support industry events and of course continue to welcome visits from global customers and partners. Together with an expanded sales floor, additional employee facilities include locker rooms and shower rooms as well as scope for further enhancements.

Michael Eyres, who is managing director for Artisan, described the significance of the deal. He said: “This has been one of the most enjoyable and creative projects Artisan has had the pleasure of working on.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Michael Eyres, MD of Artisan (UK) Developments Ltd handing over the keys of Unit 2 Fenice Court, Eaton Socon, St Neots to Colin Strother, general manager for Rochester Electronics’ EMEA.

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