LONDON A visit by the local MP, Jonathan Djanogly, Shadow Minister for Home, Legal and Constitutional Affairs helped Anglia Circuits celebrate 35 years operation with an open day at its St. Ives Cambridgeshire factory.
The company provides PCBs for the global market – from the more traditional double sided, PTH PCBs through to multi-layer boards with buried or blind vias and 4-5 thou track and gap widths, as well as certified controlled impedance PCBs.
The company started the company in January 1969 by present chairman, Nigel Kember, who whilst working with Sir Clive Sinclair assembling kits to make match box radio sets, realised that there were no companies offering the new technology of blank printed circuit boards in small and medium volumes.
Kember started manufacturing in his garage before quickly moving to a small unit on the riverfront in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, enabling him to start employing staff. The first factory was built in 1975 on a new industrial estate in St. Ives in, to which he added two further units in 1982.
Anglia Circuits still occupies the units on the site at Burrel Road and has even retained a number of staff from the early days down by the river.
Anglia has also forged strong links with offshore suppliers which has enabled them to work in collaboration with high volume manufacturers thus ensuring that the business remains in the UK wherever possible, whilst still giving customers the benefits of offshore pricing.
Jonathan Djanogly, MP (left) with Matthew Kember, managing director, Anglia Circuits, during the MP's tour of the facilities.