Celebrating 30 years in manufacturing

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A Kempston company has been celebrating 30 years of trading and is still growing in a competitive market.

Mike Lafratta started Contract Electronic Manufacturing (CEM) and this year Bela EMS celebrates its success as one of the market leaders in the small to medium volume high complexity manufacturing niche.

Mike said: “Bela have worked hard to establish an excellent reputation in the design and manufacture of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) and I have ensured that the business remains close to its core values based primarily on service and integrity.”

Mike remains at the head of the business and the company has grown to 30 employees of all disciplines.

Over the years there has been steady growth in the company which is now fortunate to have established a loyal customer base which consists of contracts worth hundreds of thousands of pounds from well-known commercial and government bodies.

Mike said: “The strength of the business is the wide spread of customers across many market sectors ensuring that the business is not susceptible to the decline of any one sector.

“Over the past five years Bela has shown strong growth even during the challenging trading conditions experienced both in the UK and globally. These past five years have seen a change in direction for the company towards high value, very complex top end technology manufacturing. This change has been driven and spearheaded by Michael Knight, operations director, who joined the business in 2008.”

The company marked the event with an open day on September 17 inviting customers, suppliers and special guests.