2017

Autumn Holiday

Works Closed

30th Oct-3rd Nov

P&M Services (R) Ltd

Printed circuit board Manufacturer, Photoplotting Established 1964  All types of Pcb, surface mount sm, PTH, SS single     UK Printed Circuit Board manufacturers. UK PCB Manufacture since 1964. single sided SS PCB, PTH PCB, IMS PCB, PCB JPG, DFX PCB,

ML multi layer printed circuit board  prototypes. Cheap high quality PCBs Printed circuit boards. Fast cheap UK Prototype PCB

Printed circuit boards tooled up from Gerber,JPG,DXF,and most common file types, or camera ready artworks either 2:1 or 1:1 std scale.

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In The Beginning :-

P&M Services (Rochdale) Limited, or P&M as we are more commonly named, was founded back in 1964 by Husband and wife team Peter and Margaret Unwin. It was later registered to it's present name in 1965.
 
Funding Thanks to the Family

An employment dispute combined with the loss of his Grandfather John Robert, provided both a reason and a means to create the company. To this day a photograph of the J R Unwin Pawn shop hangs in the office; it was the source of the money that made it all possible. The other Director at the startup was Robert Francis Unwin, Peter Unwin's father, who also helped financially by loaning money into the company. 

 
Hard Times

Times were hard. Present MD Roger Unwin then aged 5 along with his big brother David Aged 6 were of little use. Initially P&M was even without a phone line, wife Peggy  occasionally would take a message on the home phone, then catch a bus to relay the message to the works. The family car at the time was a humble Rover purchased for 5 Pounds from the local scrap yard.  A sticking carburetor used to stop it dead almost in its tracks, the then MD would have to jump out lift the bonnet and employ the use of a small hammer to finish the journey. It's probably also time to come clean and confess to the true identity of the original staff called in should a customer be expected. No not from rent a crowd but non working Director Robert F, or Bob as he liked to be called,  and wife Lois. Devoted parents, it was a 100 mile round trip, back in the 1960's, no motorways or bypasses to assist.  

 
Early Methods of Production
Back in 1987 when he was 81 years young Robert Francis produced a photograph album dating back to the early years. Production has changed a bit since then but the best bits can be seen by following the  R.F.B.U. Album  link. Our present industry was truly in its infancy, most equipment was either home made or borrowed from another industry. Early production commenced in a converted shop on Ramsey Street in Rochdale. To coat the laminate with resist we used to fasten the panel onto the end of a small hand drill, pour a little resist on, and spin it round at high speed to get a thin and even coating.  Televisions with valves had arrived but definitely no home computers,  WWW, or CAD. It was back in the good old days when we weren't even selecting 'Start' every day in order to close down our copy of Microsoft windows.  
 
Almost the End ??
In later years an unexpected grim time was forced upon the company. A decision had been made to remain private and resist the attentions from larger company TDS. Instead of accepting defeat, desperate for the knowledge and expertise TDS persuaded key staff members David Taylor, and Peter Lancaster to form the then TDS Circuits. Peter Lancaster later moved on to form one of the other early PCB manufacturers Manchester Circuits, memorably nicknamed 'Mankey Circuits'. Both were highly successful in their time.
 
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