AN ELECTRONICS manufacturing company in Cramlington is bucking the national trend with continued growth in its business.
OPSOL UK Ltd has gone from a back room to a state of the art 15,000sq ft factory in just under ten years.
Malcolm Humble established the business in November 2002 assembling and hand soldering boards in his home.
In the last three years OPSOL has invested more than £500,000 in manufacturing equipment and taken the business to a new level.
And this week it is investing a further £100,000 in increasing its capacity with the installation of a new assembly line.
Mr Humble said: “My initial investments between 2008 and 2010 were right in the middle of the recession but were critical in preparing OPSOL for better times.
“In the last 18 to 24 months we have seen two or three of our competitors go into liquidation and others making redundancies.
“In the same period we have more than doubled in size, so we must be doing something right”
Focusing on providing the north east with a local professional supplier for electronic assemblies, the company has grown its customer base substantially and taken sales to a forecasted £2.5m for this year.
There is also major investment in developing the workforce with a number of training programmes.
Mr Humble said: “Far too often we hear people saying their company or particular business has a skills shortage, why, in my staff we literally have over 150 years of experience you just need to be committed to finding how to extract those skills and experiences and pass them on.
“Skills can be taught, its finding young people with the right attitude that can be difficult.”
OPSOL is constantly looking for young people keen on an opportunity to learn new skills and work in a well disciplined way.
Mr Humble added: “Having a good mix of youth and experience I think is how its often put, but its true and we want to continually develop our staff as the business grows.”