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Sony to manufacture Raspberry Pi in UK

Sony to manufacture the Raspberry Pi in the UK

Premier Farnell has agreed a multi million pound deal with Sony UK Technology Centre that will see the Raspberry Pi manufactured in the UK for the first time.

To date, the credit card sized computer has only been manufactured in China. Sony's site in Wales will initially produce over 300,000 units to be sold globally and will also create up to 30 additional jobs.

"Since the Raspberry Pi was launched globally in February 2012 it has been a tremendous success story. The younger generation have been fascinated in learning how to build and programme their own computer device," commented Mike Buffham, global head of EDE at Premier Farnell. "As such we have had huge interest from educational institutions in purchasing the product, innovative design engineers who are using the computer for exciting new applications and also the general public."

"We had always intended and hoped that the Raspberry Pi would also be manufactured within the UK," added Eben Upton, co founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. "We're really delighted that Premier Farnell has been able to find such a reliable manufacturer as the Sony UK Technology Centre."

Simon Fogg

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