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Tecan was established in 1970 to serve growing demand for fine-featured precision metal parts. Using Photo Chemical Machining (PCM) - a photolithography-based process conceived during the 1950s, as an off-shoot from the manufacture of printed circuit boards - Tecan quickly attracted a wide range of work from companies who recognised the advantages of PCM manufacturing.
By the mid-seventies, Tecan had expanded through two takeovers and had moved to Dorset, on England’s South Coast. A purpose-built facility was opened in 1980 - this is now Europe’s largest plant entirely devoted to PCM and PEF manufacturing.
A commitment to technical innovation resulted in the introduction of Photo Electro Forming (PEF) in 1985. PEF - an extremely accurate process where metal is 'grown' electrolytically molecule by molecule within a photolithographically defined resist mould - complemented existing PCM capabilities and enabled a previously unseen level of precision.
Other niche operations subsequently developed to service industry-specific needs include SMT stencils, RFI shielding and high quality metal finishing.
In 2002, Tecan further expanded its technology capability with the introduction of a Micro-PEF class 1,000 cleanroom facility, opened by HRH The Prince of Wales. Micro-PEF enables Tecan to manufacture micro-parts with feature sizes measured in microns with sub-micron accuracy possible.
In 2009 Tecan was bought by SPG Prints and now forms an integral part of the Precision Metal Group.
Tecan serves the world’s most innovative, hi-tech companies from industries that demand high quality and precision.
Tecan's team of experienced engineers work in close partnership with customers to develop high tolerance parts - helping them to realise ideas rapidly and cost-effectively.
The precision metal business contributes c€40 million and this year Tecan will contribute well in excess of c€8 million and is a growing, profitable and stable company.
Products and Processes
Decades of process innovation and investment in photolithography-based technologies enables burr and stress-free parts to be produced in prototype through to volume quantities. These precision manufacturing technologies include:
Tecan has developed distinct niche businesses to serve industry-specific needs:
·         SMT Stencils
Combining detailed knowledge of Surface Mount Technology (SMT) requirements with extensive manufacturing experience, Tecan supplies class-leading SMT stencil solutions using PCM, PEF and Laser Cutting technologies.
·         RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) Screening
Standard and bespoke RFI/EMC screening solutions to meet the very latest Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) directives.
Bespoke prototype, low- or high-volume micro-parts with features down to 1 micron, with sub-micron accuracy possible in some cases. Parts can have multi-level profiles with high aspect ratios.
High-performance, ASTM/ISO compliant precision metal meshes and sieves with apertures down to 3 microns for grading very fine particles.
A purpose-built, high-specification metal finishing facility offers a wide range of bespoke solutions and finishes.
Customised optical encoder disks and strips for a wide array of high-accuracy motion control, positioning and measurement applications.
Stork Prints Group (SPG Prints)
Company profile
Stork Prints is a global company in the textile and graphics printing market. Providing total system solutions: from screens, lacquers, inks and digital engraving to a broad range of rotary screen and digital printing systems.
Being the expert in electroforming this not only entails highly reliable rotary screen technology but also an extensive program of precision metal products.
Through continuous innovation and a powerful distribution network Stork Prints adds significant value to its customer’s processes and products.
Core activities
  • leveraging the electroforming technology
  • rotary screen printing for the textile and graphics industry
  • offering complementary digital and flexo printing concepts in these markets
  • all from a consumables-driven market approach
Core competences
  • Development and production of screens and the printing systems required for their use in the textile and graphic printing industry.
  • Supply of consumables such as ink and lacquers, services, spare parts and auxiliaries for the textile and graphic printing industry.
  • Production of precision metal products by means of electroforming and photo-etching.
  • Rotary screen printing
  • Rotary screen integration
  • Direct laser engraving
  • Coating & Finishing
  • Inkjet printing
  • Screens
  • Engraving lacquers and chemicals
  • Digital inks
  • Wallcovering equipment
  • Software development
  • Service
  • Precision metal products
Graphics section:
  • Packaging - and label printers and converters
  • Repro houses for the graphics market
  • Industrial/security printers
Textile section:
  • Textile printing preparation specialists worldwide (commission engravers)
  • Textile printers and finishers worldwide with in-house engraving facilities
Metal precision section:
  • Electronics industry
  • Automotive
  • Food industry
Market position
  • Rotary screen printing for the textile industry: world market leader
  • Flexographic laser engravers: among the top three
  • Digital textile printing: among the top three
  • Rotary screen printing technology in the graphic industry: number two
  • Precision metal products – electroforming: world market leader
Today the Stork Prints Group (SPG prints) generates revenues in the order of €200 million. The business continues to grow and invest in the operating companies. In fact, the group is setting new targets as the 2014 growth plans have already been met!

Darren and Silver Stone, really work to understand clients needs, and use their creativeness and expertise to provide effective solutions. Darren is a consultant with high integrity and professionalism and confidentiality who really empathises with his clients

Adrian Hodgson, HR Director, Cannon Hygiene