Raspberry Pi production will shift to UK from China following a multi-million pound deal between technology giant, Sony and Premier Farnell, the component manufacturer and electronic distributor respectively.
Raspberry Pi is a £16 credit card sized critically acclaimed computer launched with a sole purpose to generate interest in computer programming among the young generation.
The break out success of the venture has attracted Sony corporation to render its Pencoed plant, South Wales in the service of Raspberry Pi manufacturers. The Raspberry foundation the charity behind the curtains of the microcomputer relayed that nearly all the units will be made in the UK.
Eben Upton, the charity’s executive director said, “It’s a fantastic day for us. This has been in the pipeline for about six months after we visited the Sony site. It is so good to see that we can still do this sort of thing in the UK – do it in Wales.”
With this new development, Raspberry Pi computers will create around 30 new jobs while producing 30,000 new mini computers every month at Pencoed plant. The charity organisation explained that the computers were manufactured in China due to the low cost per unit, but since the sales have increased tremendously the foundation can now manufacture in the UK.
Raspberry Pi moved to China for its production as it could not find any company willing to invest in this nascent project. With overwhelming sales, Sony corporation has taken the responsibility of the small size computer. The new variant of Raspberry Pi computer will incorporate some tweaks and minor bug fixes.