In our latest Spotlight On feature, we chat to Richard Whitehead, CEO at Hindley Circuits – a new member to the Engineering and Manufacturing Network – which specialises in providing PCB electronic assembly services.
Tell us more about Hindley Circuits
We are an electronic assembly manufacturer, so we help customers to manufacture their own products, assembling components onto circuit boards in line with their specifications.
We are very passionate about what we do and take pride in our personal approach with all customers. Providing a full turnkey service if required, we can support clients with everything from concept development and prototyping right through to volume manufacturing, testing and final assembly.
Hindley is coming towards the end of its third-year of trading and we are well on track to achieve a £5.25m turnover with a target to reach £7m next year. This forms part of our aggressive growth plans as we look to continue to grow our client base across the UK and further afield, whilst also being at the top of our game in terms of training and operational capabilities.
How has the business been so successful to date?
The company has been headed up by experts in the field with extensive experience and an enviable reputation. With strong financial investment, from the very offset, we have invested heavily in training all of our operators to the very highest standards in even the most complex of assembly services and invested in the latest state of the art equipment. This has really helped to position us at the very forefront in our industry as we are well known for our high levels of accuracy coupled with excellent customer service.
Hindley Circuits has also acquired two companies – Magnum Electronics and Irridian Industrial Electronics – which have allowed us to strengthen and increase our capabilities at a fast pace.
We have been successful in securing contracts with major companies across the country that really recognise the value in having their electronics made in the UK.
What are your plans for the future?
Being based in Cramlington we have already developed a strong foothold in the North East. Operating across the globe, over the next few years we are looking to increase our presence and be recognised as the main go to provider in the UK for PCB electronic assembly services.
We already operate in such a diverse range of markets including industrial, telecommunications, computing and automotive to name a few, and would like to expand this further.
We will continue to invest in both our people and equipment, which will of course be timed right to fit in with the needs of the business.
There is still a lot of uncertainty around at the moment. Has that impacted your business?
Despite our impressive growth over the last few years, like many businesses in the UK, the looming uncertainty has had an impact on our business in the sense that orders are taking longer than anticipated to actually get started. This is something that is also being echoed by many other companies throughout the full supply chain and naturally there has been a domino effect created.
We are in a fortunate position that we have a strong pipeline as we head into our fourth year of trading. We are however very focused on not becoming complacent as we concentrate on maximising as many opportunities as possible in our specialist field that we have the capacity and strong capabilities to deliver on.
To find out more about Hindley Circuits, visit here.