Sanyo Electronics Factory, Lowestoft

The Sanyo Electronics factory focussed on the manufacture of televisions of all shapes and sizes. It closed its doors in 2010 due to a fall in demand for traditional TV’s.

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History

The Sanyo electronics factory in Lowestoft, Suffolk, focussed on the manufacture of televisions of all shapes and sizes. An electronics production facility has been based here for over 40 years, and the current factory opened by Sanyo nearly 30 years ago. At its height 350 workers produced around half a million televisions a year, which were destined for the UK and Europe.

In 2002 there was talk of opening a dedicated plasma-screen manufacturing facility on the site, however the plans never came to fruition. Falling demand for traditional TV’s and LCD screens was given as the reason for the closure of the plant. Sanyo finally closed its doors in 2010, and has recently been sold to developers who intend to build houses on the land. Demolition work started in February 2014.

Our visit

I didn’t really know much about this place before we visited, in fact I’d only learnt of its existence a few days prior. In the company of Mr T, Unexposed Exploration and Magpie Tommie, we arrived to find additional security had been recently added and the place was secured up quite tightly following a break in a little while back. After a scout around we found a way in, almost having to abseil down into a large warehouse space. A lot of the large spaces were empty and stripped, but there were plenty of left over items to play with and things to climb on! The highlight of the day was the automated painting facility which still had paint spraying robots in place.

Following a fail at another location at a later date I revisited in the company of Kriegaffe 9, Cowboy55 and ZeroUE. I was the only one without a number in my name!

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Main Entrance

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Main Entrance

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Painting Room

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Painting Room

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Robotic Paint Sprayer

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Robotic Paint Sprayer

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Paint Spraying Robot

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Paint Spraying Robot

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Control Panel

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Control Panel

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Drying Room

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Drying Room

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Warehouse wit Chequered Floor

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Warehouse wit Chequered Floor

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Conveyor

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Conveyor

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Classic Retro TV's

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Classic Retro TV’s

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Boiler House

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Boiler House

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Secret Room

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Secret Room

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Stack of Machines

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Stack of Machines

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Dials Detail

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Dials Detail

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Offices

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Offices

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Office

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Office

Sanyo Electronics Factory - Selfie in the Tool Room

Sanyo Electronics Factory – Selfie in the Tool Room

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