To provide a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs, startups and small business wanting to design, develop and manufacture hardware products.

To remove the communication and doubt barriers for small Western companies to utilise Far Eastern manufacturing.

To improve world manufacturing by promoting the values of ethical practices, IP assurance and the highest quality assurance.

Founder Profile

Name: Richard de Lancey

Hometown: Bristol, UK

Education: Product Design Engineering (BEng) – Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, UK

Likes: Being in the mountains, tea, rugby and cricket, real ale and mexican food.

Fun fact: Richard has eaten a kebab in 30 different countries and counting…


DELCO was founded by Richard de Lancey. Previously Richard had been the Cofounder and Director of Design and Manufacture at nu desine, a hardware tech company he had started 4 years earlier to bring the award winning AlphaSphere to market. Here he accumulated a wealth of experience in design for manufacture and setting up production lines in various countries. Richard was looking for a new opportunity and wanting to share his experience in taking a product idea from idea into manufacture. His time networking in the tech-start-up scene revealed there to be a lack of people assisting, guiding, and directing hardware entrepreneurs through the manufacturing process.

After moving to Kuala Lumpur, Richard realised he could combine his start-up experience navigating the manufacturing world, with the offerings of the Malaysian factories to create a valuable proposition for anyone wanting to take a hardware product to market.

The lightbulb turned on after visiting a number of factories in Malaysia, Richard realised that this area was the perfect stepping stone between European manufacturing and China. Malaysia offered relatively low-cost manufacture, but was much more open to low volumes than China and without the communication challenges.

Richard founded DELCO to help all future hardware start-ups get their products into production hassle free and cost effectively.