PaintballX3 Magazine September 2013 - Page 79

interview I won’t lie to you, we do not produce every component in house, we use the best component manufacturers from around the world no matter where they are. For example if we feel the best PCB manufacturer happens to be in the UK that’s where we will have them made, if the best LCD manufacturer is in Taiwan, then that’s where we will have them made. We are quite proud of the fact that we still have our high end markers manufactured and assembled in the UK, we could produce for a lower cost if we had everything produced and assembled in the Far East but we have chosen not to do that, manufacturing in the UK gives us a great hands on control on quality and the flexibility to be able to produce low volume custom product. When we looked into making the ETHA we had a much lower price point that we needed to hit and we quickly found out that we wouldn’t be able to do that in the UK. So we expanded our office in Taiwan, trained production staff, installed our test equipment and procedures and we now produce most of the ETHA’s there. We have amazing staff in Taiwan like we do here in the UK and in America, we all follow the same procedures, we don’t compromise on build quality or components and give ETHA the same level of product support that we give to all our markers. It’s important to Planet Eclipse that when you buy any Eclipse Advanced Paintball marker, no matter which Eclipse facility has produced it, you can take it out of the box on day one and go and have fun. What part of the development and/or manufacture of PE’s products are you most proud of? It makes me smile so much when I see LLX3.COM players having fun and kicking ass with our gear. When you talk to players that LOVE the products we have made and how happy they are you can’t be anything other than happy and proud of what the whole team at Planet Eclipse has achieved. Can you give us a sort of behind the scenes description of Planet Eclipse? What does it look like? What is it like to work for PE? What is your typical day at the office? 79