Raspberry Pi now baked in the U.K.

September 7, 2012

The Raspberry Pi computer is now being manufactured in the U.K., with Wales taking over from China as the location of production.

Those who aren’t aware of the Raspberry Pi can get up to speed by reading this previous article. Essentially it’s a credit card-sized micro computer that features the bare-bones needed for young programmers to learn about computing and experiment without fear of breaking an expensive PC or Mac. It’s been a huge success thanks to its price tag of just $25.

Until now the Raspberry Pi has been manufactured in China alongside most other consumer electronics. This was borne out of necessity rather than desire, with the costs and time-frame of manufacturing both being vastly favorable in China, the taxes on importing components into the U.K. over-inflated, and the lack of support for the unproven device making the decision to build abroad easy.

Things have now changed, however, and a deal forged between Premier Farnell and Sony means the Raspberry Pi is now being made in Pencoed, South Wales. The switch, which was made in the middle of August, means the creation of 30 extra jobs in the area. British-made Raspberry Pi units began shipping to customers this past week.

Raspberry Pi owners who want to know where their device was manufactured need only to look next to the power jack. If there’s a ‘Made in the UK’ stamp sitting there then you know you’ve bought British. Whether that matters to you in this global economy which is powered primarily by supply and demand is a personal preference.

This switch in manufacturing location coincides with changes having been made to the Raspberry Pi itself. Five months after the original went on sale, v2.0 of the board has been improved with changes including mounting holes for fastening it to a case, and the ability to power it via a USB hub.

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