Contract Production Doubles Work Space In Head Office Acquisition [Press Release]

February 14, 2019

Yorkshire-based Contract Production Ltd has acquired its current head office and production facilities in Pickering, expanding into a third adjoining unit as part of its ongoing expansion programme.

CPL shareholders have purchased 9,600 sq ft, spread across three adjoining units on the Thornton Road Industrial estate, investing more than £500,000 in the acquisition and modernisation programme. CPL had been leasing two of the units for the last 10 years but took the opportunity to buy both, along with a third space, that had stood empty since 2017. This has enabled the firm that produces a range of sub-contract electronic products and printed circuit boards assemblies to almost double its current workspace.

CPL Managing Director Simon Norris said he is delighted they have finally signed and secured the additional space to allow for the company’s expansion plans. He said: “The additional empty unit is basically a shell so we are starting with a blank space which gives us plenty of options; it’s a very exciting time for the company and the staff who will have a big say in how we can best utilise the new areas.”

“The space may well be used to create a dedicated area for our automated production line to expand into, and grow our component stores and warehousing, as well as provide much-needed admin space and meeting rooms.”

Outside the premises, the new CPL footprint also allows a further 10 parking spaces for staff and visitors.

The latest expansion plans have been fuelled by a significant six-figure investment last year in the firm’s production lines that have led to a 30% like-for-like increase in CPL’s turnover in the last 12 months alone.

Simon added: “I am very confident we will continue to grow as we make the most of the extra space and, as a result, add to the current 22-strong workforce we have in Pickering.”

CPL plans to officially unveil the new-look premises later this year, also coinciding with its 10th anniversary.

Contract Production manufactures a range of sub-contract electronic products and printed circuit board assemblies for a wide variety of industries. This can be one-off prototypes, going up to volumes in their 10,000’s.  Last year’s investment resulted in the installation of the AM100 Panasonic Pick and Place line enabling the company to increase its output by up to 400%.

The new CPL production line populates printed circuit boards and can place up to 30,000 components per hour – another key advantage that allowed the business to compete for the larger contracts.

As well as the larger orders Contract Production also produces one-off prototypes or low rate production runs for clients – often hand-placed – for new products yet to go to market. These can be anything that requires circuit boards, from GPS tracking devices to wind turbines, cameras to measuring instrumentation for deep sea oil drilling rigs.

Seasons Greetings From All Of Us At Contract Production

December 13, 2018



It’s that time of year again and we would like to wish all our customers, colleagues and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We’ll be closed over the Christmas period from 1.30pm on Monday 24th December until 8.30am on Wednesday 2nd January.

We hope you enjoy the festive period however you choose to spend it, and whoever you choose to spend it with.


Why Yorkshire Businesses Really Are Best!

October 06, 2018

God’s Own Country. The land of flat caps and Theakston’s beer. The largest county in the UK. The list of accolades attributed to Yorkshire could go on, but there’s something extra special about the way people in Yorkshire do business. It’s more than just the welcoming northern twang or the offer of a proper Yorkshire brew. There’s something about the dedication, hard work and overall sense of commitment that sets Yorkshire apart when it comes to doing business.

Being in the heart of Yorkshire is something we have fully embraced here at Contract Production, and with an outstanding 40% growth figure recorded in the first five months of our financial year, it’s hard to argue against the effectiveness of being a Yorkshire brand, fully immersed in the Yorkshire way of doing things.

Being part of Yorkshire runs in our blood: it’s what we pride ourselves on more than anything. We’ve been offering our customers a properly open and honest service since we started trading and it’s completely second nature to us. So much so that when our new marketing team came on board, when they pointed out our strengths as a Yorkshire-based business, we were taken completely by surprise. Offering our customers traditional Yorkshire customer service and the peace of mind knowing that their every need will be tended to with the utmost care and attention, is at the heart of what we do, and making the Yorkshire connection had never crossed our minds.

We recently attended the What’s New In Electronics exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC where we made being a Yorkshire business the focal point of our stand. Our exhibitors Emma and Jemma were the Yorkshire ambassadors in the heart of the Midlands, and received so much positive feedback from visitors who’d travelled from all over the UK. We ran a raffle to give visitors the chance to win their very own Yorkshire flat cap and we gave away chocolates that were handcrafted in Scarborough to further demonstrate our Yorkshire roots. Our social media marketing has also taken a Yorkshire twist with the introduction of #FlatCapFridays, where we share images of our wonderful team wearing flat caps. Emma’s dog Bella even got in on the action and made for the perfect model! We’re so proud to be able to offer something many of our competitors can’t: Yorkshire customer service and Yorkshire quality, always with a smile, and always with the promise of a proper Yorkshire brew.

It’s our Yorkshire approach to business that’s helped us to increase our output by a staggering 400%! We believe in becoming the heart of our clients’ production process, saving them time, which is so valuable in this modern era of things being needed before you’ve even finished asking for them. Whatever your needs, no matter how complex, regardless of the scale, we’ll bend over backwards to ensure that you get exactly what you need. We’ll welcome you into the Contract Production family and like a proper Yorkshire host, will make sure that you feel right at home; tending to all your needs and making you feel properly looked after.

We’re so incredibly proud of being a Yorkshire business. So if you want to find out what the fuss is all about, you’ll just have to come and chat to us and see how we do things differently.



New Pick and Place Line is Fully operational

January 30, 2018

Our new Pick and Place Line is fully operational and working on lots of new projects for many new and existing customers.

The local and trade press have covered our installation and we are very proud of the investment that we have made which will benefit our company and the local community as we grow and provide further employment opportunities.

Click here to read more about it if you missed it.


If you have a project that could benefit from the latest technology and friendly customer service, please get in touch with us.

Visitors are always welcome to see our line running and meet all members of our team.  To arrange a visit, contact Emma Wrigglesworth ( or call our offices on 01751 475950 – the kettle is always on and there’s plenty of tea and biscuits.


Seasons Greetings

December 18, 2017

We would like to pass on Seasons Greetings to all of our customers and suppliers.

Our offices will close at the usual time on December 22nd and reopen on January 2nd.

Xmas Greetings

We wish you all a prosperous and busy 2018.



**** New Panasonic AM100 Placement Machine ****

November 25, 2017

AM100 Image

The Shareholders and Management are proud to announce the arrival of a new Panasonic AM100 pick and place machine.  After many months of consideration and planning (and one or two transport delays) this new equipment has finally arrived and is being commissioned for use throughout December and beyond.

We are investing over £250,000 to ensure that we can fully support the designs and technology being used by our customers.  We have chosen to partner with Panasonic to provide the placement machine.  Panasonic are a well known and trusted brand in electronics and this investment will significantly improve the capacity that we can offer, and reduce downtime between jobs.

Having taken over as Managing Director earlier this year, Simon Norris explained “the growth in new customers over the last year has significantly stretched our ageing SMT line, so the investment that we are making in our new production line will offer benefits to all of our customers.”

“As a Contract Electronics Manufacturer it is important that our line offers capability, flexibility and reliability. Our line can be expected to be making different products for different customers every day of the week, so the ability to change quickly between products is a key element in improving service levels to our customers. The Panasonic AM100 placement machine gives us a high-mix SMT solution, that is to say it is a great “all rounder” offering us speed and capability with quick changeover between jobs.  We are all very excited about our new line and can’t wait to get it installed and working for our customers to see it in action.”

If you would like to visit to see the machine operating and to discuss any new or ongoing projects, please contact Emma Wrigglesworth or Simon Norris.

Further pictures of the installed line and capabilities will follow soon.