One of the region’s leading manufacturing companies has become one of the few businesses within the North East to secure an internationally recognised standard.
Hindley Circuits – based in Cramlington and recognised for providing PCB electronic assembly services – has secured an ISO 9001:2015 after meeting rigorous qualification requirements. As the most up-to date certification of its kind – and the hardest yet to achieve – the standard focuses around companies’ quality management systems.
Replacing the 2008 edition of the standard, the ISO 9001:2015 took three years to revise from nearly 95 participating countries bringing the certification up to date with modern business needs with the new version focusing a lot more on performance.
The standard recognises Hindley Circuits comprehensive work processes including its methods of work and documentation of management planning, as well as its ability to manage risks and opportunities. Crucially this approach has been rolled out across the full company and almost 50 employees within Hindley Circuits have a full understanding of the company’s robust quality management systems and processes in place.
And the certification comes on the back of the young manufacturing business – which was only formed two years ago – recently announcing its second business acquisition of North East based electronic product design and repair specialists Irridian Industrial Electronics.
Speaking about the company securing the ISO certification, Richard Whitehead, chief executive officer at Hindley Circuits said: “We are delighted to have secured this quality standard – which is known to be very difficult to achieve – in such a short space of time.
“Having achieved huge business growth since the business was formed, as part of sustaining this, it was very important for Hindley to have comprehensive quality management systems in place to put the business at the forefront of the industry, whilst also ensuring high standards are consistently met.
“Achieving such a standard means that our new and existing client base can rest assure that they are dealing with a reputable company that adheres to internationally recognised standards and, as such, this will help us to continue to win new contracts and provide employment opportunities within the region as we continue to grow.”
The company has made significant investment of over £600k in training staff and upgrading and improving equipment, which has seen the business post impressive first year trading accounts reporting a turnover of £2.4m whilst being on track to exceed turnover of £4.5m in year two.
Established in 2016 Hindley Circuits specialise in electronic assembly manufacturing providing its services to a diverse range of end markets, predominately working with companies that design and market niche products that see the value in having their electronics content made in the UK. The company has recently acquired two businesses, Magnum Electronics and Irridian Industrial Electronics which has significantly enhanced the company’s service offering to deliver a full end to end service.