Bradford-based Centa Transmissions has celebrated 35 years of manufacturing and growth with an Open Day attended by over 100 of its global customers and suppliers.
Centa’s founders Jeremy Tucker and Gerhard Kirschey were on hand, alongside current managing director, Bob Arnott, as owner Karin Kirschey-Bolten unveiled a special commemorative plaque.
Explains Bob Arnott, Centa’s managing director: “Back in 1979, the company employed a handful of people and was located in an old mill on Canal Street. 35 years later and we’ve just invested £300,000 in a new 382 sq m factory extension taking our capacity to 1,500 sq m, purchased £300,000 worth of new machinery and have a workforce of 32 as well as three apprentices and two engineering students on placement.
“We’re continuing to move forward after three decades of innovation and today we’re designing and manufacturing mechanical drives for the global marine and automotive industries as well as the growing renewables sector.”
One of the highlights of the Open Day was a brand new Morgan three-wheeler, recently re-introduced by the prestige British sports car brand. Centa has designed bespoke components for the vehicle to facilitate its relaunch.
Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Khadim Hussein, a fully qualified engineer himself, took part in the celebrations and commented: “There will always be room for expansion for manufacturing firms such as Centa in Bradford.”
Concludes Arnott: “We’re focused on developing new products over the next 12 months which will enable us to expand further, open up new markets and underpin a stable workforce for the next 35 years.”
Photos clockwise from top left:
Centa founders Jeremy Tucker and Gerhard Kirschey (from left of picture) and current managing director, Bob Arnott, (outside right) are pictured with Centa Transmissions owner Karin Kirschey-Bolten and Bernd Kirschey, director of Centa Antriebe.
The Centa factory from the air, showing the new extension on the right hand side.
Centa owner, Karin Kirschey-Bolten, unveils the commemorative plaque at the official opening of the factory extension.