Mutech Electronics Design & Manufacture

Mutech is like a well kept secret, so we are on a mission to let the secret out.

Colin Cameron - Managing Director


An interview with Managing Director Colin Cameron

Where is Mutech right now?

Mutech is on a mission to become a leading Centre of Excellence for electronics design and manufacturing. Our customers are incredibly loyal, and now that we have undertaken a proactive approach to marketing, even more people have been welcomed through the Mutech door.

What does Mutech do?

Over the years we have been involved in the whole spectrum of electronics product design and manufacture from specification; circuit design; software development (particularly embedded); approvals and testing; through to prototype and low volume production, plus liaising with larger CEMs in the far east for large volume production.

We have also worked in a wide range of applications including mining and other hazardous area equipment, security, industrial control, telecoms, kitchen appliances and many more.

On the design front, intrinsic safety design stands out. On the back of that we are working on our skills to be able to provide functionally safe designs and as a result, we are looking to achieve IEC61508 and ISO13485 (medical) accreditations in the next 12 – 18 months.

So what is Mutech's USP?

We can both design and manufacture. Not only does that enable us to be a one stop shop for a surprisingly large number of applications, but also it gives us a unique insight into design for manufacture for larger volume applications. We already assemble to IPC A 610E, and regarding intrinsic safety, to EN13980 for manufacture of hazardous area equipment.

How did it all start?

About 25 years ago, an engineering friend from university and I decided that we were interested in business and, despite knowing what now seems precious little at the time about either engineering or business, we started Mutech and it’s still going from strength to strength.

Who is the man behind the mask?

Well, they say life is about balance. So I try to keep a balance between things that are good for me (tons of sport, playing music, learning French) and things which aren't (lots of great food, cheese, wine and beer).

You are a MIET: what is that and what does it mean to you?

I am a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. It used to be the Institute of Electrical Engineering, the professional body for engineers like me, but it has a broader remit now. To be honest, I don't make as much use of it as I should, but it provides a wealth of resources, information and support for us engineers.

What are you most proud of?

Our quality system. It is accredited to IS09001:2008, but that only tells half the story. We spent many years developing it before seeking accreditation, and whilst we used consultants for advice and internal auditing, it was all done by ourselves. For me, that is the key: no one understands the running of processes quite like those who use them.