Robert Bradford Celebrates 50 Years Service At Nitronica

Based in Ballynahinch County Down, Nitronica has been a significant employer for the local and greater communities of the area since 1952. With a current workforce of 135, one particular employee has celebrated a significant achievement within the company reaching an important milestone.

[caption id="attachment_58225" align="alignleft" width="390"]Robert Bradford Systems Manager. Libby Fegan Production Manager. John Mellon MD Robert Bradford Systems Manager receives a presentation form Libby Fegan Production Manager and John Mellon MD of Nitronica in Ballynahinch.[/caption]

Robert Bradford celebrates 50 years dedicated service with Nitronica this month.

Robert began his career in Nitronica 16 August 1965. Throughout his time with the company, Robert has progressed through various different roles. His current role is Systems Manager, and Robert plays a vital part in the day-to-day operations of the 53,000ft² manufacturing facility, a challenging position even in the smallest of organisations.

In the 50 years at Nitronica, Robert has seen many advances in technologies. He said: “It is these challenges which keep him young. My time at Nitronica has flown by and I’ve made many acquaintances and friendships throughout my career. Every day is different and for these reasons, I have no intentions of retiring any time soon.”

A presentation took place at the Ballynahinch factory Friday 14 August to commemorate Roberts’s achievement.

He added: “I am very privileged to still be part of the technology change and find it a fascinating challenge each day. As Systems Manager my role is keeping the company’s computers and communications systems running and also adapting to a rapidly changing world.

[caption id="attachment_58227" align="alignright" width="390"]Robert Bradford has worked 50 years on with the same company in Ballynahinch. Robert Bradford has worked 50 years on with the same company in Ballynahinch.[/caption]

“Over the years I have worked with and known hundreds of fellow workers and have made many good friends working in Ballynahinch. Some of those people have sadly passed on but the factory always was and is still continuing to be a close community of which I am proud to be a small part of, and health permitting will still be working here for many years to come.”

John Mellon, Managing Director, said: “It’s an incredible achievement to have racked up 50 years’ service in one company, but to those of us who have had the privilege of working with and getting to know Bob at any stage throughout those 50 years, it comes as no surprise that he is the one who has achieved it.

“From his early days with Plessey right through the boom and bust periods of the intervening years to today, Bob has always carried out his duties with the utmost professionalism and dedication many times doing so well beyond the call of duty. But more importantly, Bob is a genuine people person and always has a smile and a joke for everyone who comes into his office no matter what pressure he may be under to keep our systems up and running.

“From all your colleagues, Bob, past, present and even future – congratulations on a very rare achievement and here’s to the next fifty”.


Nitronica is celebrating its first 13 years as an independently owned company. Earning its stripes with a 60+ year legacy. Based in Co. Down, Northern Ireland, Nitronica provide specialist electro-mechanical assembly and integration services and contract electronic manufacturing services.

Evolving from a contract electronics “build to print” company, Nitronica have developed a vast array of key skills to allow us to effectively engage in electro-mechanical projects that are extremely complex, often being continually developed and designed throughout the build process.

Some of the key skills and expertise Nitronica has include; 

• Dedicated NPI team 
• Project management 
• Supply chain management 
• BOM/ Document change management 
• Experience in large contracts up to 18 ton in weight and 7 m in length 
• Lifting equipment on site 
• Ability to react quickly 
• Flexible approach 
• Skilled team – electrical and mechanical 
• Design activity and design management 
• Reverse engineering 
• Embedded H&S Processes & Culture 

Nitronicaare currently working with a number of companies in the renewable energies sector.

Nitronica have experience working with both the tidal and solar energy sectors in a number of engineering intensive, high complexity/ value projects up to 18 ton in weight and 7 metres in length.

Furthermore, Nitronica are also involved in other projects relating to renewable energy for example assembly of control systems for biomass boilers and complete product build for domestic electric car charging points. 

John Mellon explained that  the business will still continue to offer traditional contract electronic manufacturing (CEM) services including; 

• PCB assembly 
• Box build 
• Cable assembly 
• Cabinet integration 
• Full product build.

Nitronica currently employ 135 staff and service many industry sectors including; renewable energy, aerospace, automotive, oil & gas, consumer, defence and security, telecoms and others.]]>