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Raspberry Pi hits half a million Welsh units

11 Apr 2013

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has confirmed that the 500,000th unit has rolled off the production line at the Sony factory in Wales, underlining the demand for the micro-computer.

The organisation is in the process of moving manufacturing from the Far East to the UK and confirmed last year that Sony would be taking on some production responsibilities.

Writing on a blog post Liz Upton, head of communications for the Raspberry Pi Foundation revealed the latest milestone for the project.

“Sony’s only been making Pis for us since September, but today they announced that the 500,000th Pi has just rolled off their lines. At the moment nearly 40,000 Pis are being made in Pencoed every week, and that number is set to climb further,” she said.

"Even at these numbers we’re still having trouble meeting demand around the world. We sold our millionth Pi in January. Soon there will be more 'Made in the UK' Pis in the world than their 'Made in China' cousins.”

The general manager of Sony’s Pencoed plant, Gerald Kelly, gave some indication about how quickly the facility had ramped up production over past few months to meet demand, and said it should hit a million units in the summer.

"In June we scheduled 204 units per week. By July that had climbed to 10,000 units per week – this month we will achieve 38,000 output per week, and this is just the beginning,” he said.

“The future is about higher volumes, and accessories such as a camera board. Current total forecast for Pi products indicate that 1,000,000 output will be achieved sometime in July this year.”

The numbers are yet more good news for the organisation after its launch in the US proved a smash hit, selling out almost instantly.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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