HM Lord Lieutenant salutes innovative Leighton Buzzard business

HM Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis has praised a Central Bedfordshire business “competing successfully at the cutting edge” of the electronics industry after a tour of their Leighton Buzzard premises.

Calex Electronics Ltd was originally established in 1973 to sell industrial electronic instrumentation and power conversion equipment to UK customers only. Today the company designs and manufactures a wide range of non-contact infra-red temperature sensors and AC:DC power supplies for customers worldwide.

With staff highly qualified in science and engineering, Calex competes with organisations based in Germany, Japan and the USA and enjoys strong links to universities in Cambridge, Oxford and London, while their products are used by some of the biggest industrial and research organisations in the world.

Some of the latest unique features to be designed into Calex sensors include touch-screen technology, data logging to SD memory cards and wireless smartphone configurability. Aligned with extensive research to improve the performance and scope of its products, they continue to develop innovative new products.

The company, which is privately owned, currently occupies 5,000 sq ft of industrial premises and is well equipped to cope with increasing demand. All of the design and most of the manufacturing operations are carried out under one roof and, where possible, sub-contract manufactured components are purchased from local companies.

Mrs Nellis, who is also the Bedfordshire Business Ambassador, said: “I was hugely impressed by the lively innovative environment at Calex. The team are competing successfully at the cutting edge of industry and are leading the way in product development. It is a great example of the high-quality businesses we are fortunate to have in Bedfordshire."

Gary Fuller, Calex Managing Director, said: “We were delighted that the Lord Lieutenant visited us on Monday. We take great pride in our work and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to demonstrate what we do to someone so enthusiastic and supportive.”

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