ALR join The SMART Group

ALR are pleased to announce that they have become a member of The SMART group. SMART promotes advancements within the Electronics Manufacturing Industry through education and training, and by providing a community for Electronics Manufacturing Professionals.

If you’re like us, we find something new to learn everyday. SMART provides a forum to discuss and gain knowledge from industry professionals, whilst allowing you to have input too. With over one hundred years experience between the team in the office, we hope to offer our expertise and understanding of the industry.


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ALR to order XRF plating thickness analysis machine.

ALR are placing an order this week for an XRF plating thickness analysis machine. The X-Strata 920 from Oxford Instruments has the ability to analyse the finishing on Pcbs. Understanding the makeup of the metal finish on a Pcb is a key factor in ensuring solderability and electrical characteristics of the board meet expectations. Using non-destructive XRF technology, the X-Strata will measure the thickness of all the plated metals on a board. We supply Pcbs from manufacturers all around the world, and whilst the manufacturer selection and audit process follows very strict criteria, we want to know that our products are consistently the best.
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30 Reasons why YOU should use ALR…

  1. Competitive prices due to our great spending power
  2. We have ISO9001, AS 9120 (Aerospace approval) also known as BS EN 9120:2010, ISO 14001 and boards with UL approval
  3. We provide you with weekly emails detailing all outstanding orders and progress updates
  4. You will receive a monthly performance report detailing our delivery and quality performance to you
  5. All our factories are audited on an on-going basis whilst their quality credentials are examined on a monthly basis
  6. Regular auditing ensures we are consistently meeting expectations
  7. Quality of service is guaranteed due to relationships we have with our suppliers
  8. ALR have been trading for 17 years and remain one of the largest PCB distributors in the EU
  9. We supply 2 layer boards from 24 hours, and 4 layers in 48 hours
  10. We have the ability to supply boards to IPC Class III
  11. We provide an online Panel Sharing Prototype service
  12. We offer Consignment stock, Buffer stock and Kanban purchasing models
  13. Our in-house progress department monitors your job through to completion
  14. We provide PCB’s from China which can be delivered to you from 8 days
  15. We provide small, medium and large volumes from the Far East with a single consignment point to ensure shipping costs are kept down
  16. We are a one stop shop for all your PCB requirements
  17. You will never suffer from capacity shortage
  18. If a PCB can be made we can supply it – there are never any technical restrictions
  19. Every single job is comprehensively engineered prior to manufacture
  20. You have the choice of shipping by air or sea
  21. We facilitate dealings in Euros, Dollars as well as Pounds
  22. We provide a facility to purchase by credit card
  23. We provide design for manufacture advice
  24. You receive a scanning and layout service for up to 4 layer boards (Reverse Engineering)
  25. We will send you PDF files/stepped data of your layouts to check prior to manufacture
  26. You have a team of highly experienced PCB engineers which have collectively over 100 years of experience in the PCB industry at your disposal
  27. We provide pre-production samples for your approval
  28. We have Microsection and Solderability testing facilities in-house
  29. You will have your own Account Manager who will consistently look after your interests within ALR
  30. As a company we are dedicated to supplying quality PCB’s… we do not sell components, assemblies or widgets!
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ALR Online Panel Sharing Service- 4999 orders and counting


ALR’s Online Panel Sharing PCB service,, will reach a milestone this week when it exceeds 5000 online orders.


The service, aimed at anyone requiring small quantities or prototype Printed Circuits on a five day delivery, has proven to be a fantastic success providing a highly competitive option with no extra costs for tooling or testing.


The website offers an easy to use portal whereby customers can both price and place an order online or direct with the sales team.


As well as offering the Online Panel Sharing Service, ALR are recognised as the UK’s number one PCB supplier for all circuit board quantities, technologies and lead times.

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ALR Services at ES Live 2013

ALR Services at ES Live 2013
ALR will be exhibiting at the Electronic Sourcing Live Event on Thursday 16th May 2013 at The Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.

This free one day networking event is specially designed for the UK electronics supply chain community, designers and manufacturing engineers and offers an environment where professionals can network with a wide variety of exhibitors.

ALR Sales staff will on hand to offer advice with regards to your PCB sourcing requirements, whether it be of a technical nature or improving upon your current supply chain.

Manfred will of course be on hand (
strutting his stuff as usual, so come along and join us for coffee and an ALR Cake.
ES Live

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IPC Certificated

ALR’s Quality Manager, Andy Robinson has recently completed and passed the IPC 600 Trainers course.

IPC is an international organisation that is  a source for standards of workmanship within the Electronics Industry. IPC 600 relates to the actual acceptability of Printed Circuit Boards.

ALRs standard is to work to IPC 600 class 2 but we regularly supply boards to Class 3 (The highest standard).

Andy undertook and passed the Trainers course so he can pass on his knowledge to both customers and suppliers of ALR.

If you would like some further information on IPC 600 and the quality of Pcbs, or are looking for a High Quality PCB supplier, please feel free to get in touch.


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Don’t let your manufacturing be disrupted by the Chinese New Year

Don’t let your manufacturing be disrupted by the Chinese New Year
As you will no doubt be aware, the Chinese New Year runs from the 4th of February until the 18th February.
During this period we have arranged for one of our Manufacturing plants in China to remain open and producing Printed Circuit Boards. Don’t let the Chinese New Year disrupt your production capability.
In addition we also have our UK manufacturing facilities to cater for your fast turn requirements and our Online PSP service for prototypes and small quantities.
For a quick and competitive quotation just send your gerbers to
Happy Chinese New Year to you all.
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ALR Christmas Holidays

ALR Christmas Holidays

This year ALR will be closing for Christmas on 21st December at  1.00pm and will be opening again in the new year on Wednesday 2nd January 2012. During the shutdown period we will be monitoring the  “sales” email address.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers, suppliers and friends a great Christmas and a very happy and prosperous new year.

And a quick reminder that the Chinese New Year starts around the weekend of the 10th February 2013. We can assume that the factories will be shut down for at least a week. (We wont know for sure until nearer the time)  so please think ahead and ensure you have your orders in place well in advance.

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ALR Wall Planners for 2013

ALR Wall Planners for 2013 being distributed   As the end of 2012 approaches our wonderful sales people are out on the road handing out our famous ALR Wall Planners for 2013. If you normally receive one, hang on in there, it’s on its way. If you don’t and would like one and are prepared to spend a little time with an ALR representative discussing your PCB requirements, then drop us an email and we’ll see what we can do. You can also download a copy. Just go to and you’ll see the link on that page. For 2013 we’ve added details of all the Chinese Holidays. Make sure you don’t get caught out with your PCB requirements. Another useful tool from ALR.

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ALR Launch new website

ALR launch new website

ALR are pleased to announce the launch of their new website,

With some handy tools on the site, such as a track width calculator and Panel Vs. Singles Area Calculator, as well as links to free gerber Viewers, there’s sure to be something of interest for everyone in the Electronics world.

In the quality section our ISO 9001, ISO 9120 and ISO 14001 certificates are available to download.

Theres a new News section where we’ll be updating regularly  with recent stories and developments at ALR.

You’ll also find a link to our fantastic  online prototype service “PSP” where you can obtain prototypes and small batches at extremely competitive prices.

Our aim is to continue to add content to the site, so if there is something that you would like to see, please let us know.

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