History of the company

1989 Founding of Beta LAYOUT

Foundation of Beta LAYOUT as GbR. Business purpose is the creation of layouts.

1994 Founding of PCB-POOL®

Realisation of the idea of achievings drastic cost reductions for PCB prototypes by sharing setup costs.

1996 Beta LAYOUT GmbH

Change of Beta LAYOUT GbR to LAYOUT GmbH with Arne Hofmann as exclusive shareholder and managing director. The goal of the enterprise is the layout and selling of printed circuit boards as well as services for the electronics/printed circuit board industry.

1997 Beta LAYOUT Ltd.

Establishment of Beta LAYOUT Ltd. in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland and later in the Shannon Free Zone, Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland. Business purpose is CAM support for Germany as well as the marketing of PCB-POOL® in Ireland and the UK.

1998 Beta BOARD GmbH

Establishment of a fast turnaround PCB manufacturing service. The two main goals of the fast turnaround service were 1. to establish access to an exclusive supplier for the time-critical PCB-POOL® panels and 2. to put into practice findings made by Beta BOARD GmbH in the area of multi panel manufacture in order to further improve working relations with our manufacturers.

1999 Partnership with Conrad Electronic Germany

In 1999 following the promotion of the PCB-POOL® Printed Circuit Board Service in the Conrad catalogue, a PCB-POOL® online order system was launched on the Conrad homepage.

2000 Beta BOARD GmbH Site II

Extension of Beta BOARD GmbH in the former premises of Elmetic Leiterplatten GmbH in Pfungstadt, Germany.

2009 Anniversary, moving and new investments.

This year we have three grounds for celebration. Beta LAYOUT is 20 years old, the sucessful PCB-POOL is now in its 15 year and our co-operation with Conrad continues to excite customers after 10 years.

Not least of all thanks to the lord Mayor Udo Scheliga, Beta LAYOUT and Beta Board were able to expand within the town of Aarbergen.
Beta LAYOUT GmbH start off the new year 2009, in a bright new office building.
The complete new kit-out of an old production warehouse sees Beta boards third production facility in a postition to start manufacture from all departments from the beginning of the year.


The extremely successful & innovative PCB-POOL® concept is now available to customers in South Africa. The customer-friendly concept of online price calculation and ordering is ready to go. 20 local staff in sales and production now bring to 125 the number of workers employed in this entrepreneurial group. As well as three locations in Germany, a site in Ireland and various sales offices in Europe and the USA, this latest venture underlines the international orientation of the company.

2010 Beta BOARD GmbH Plant III

Our assembly department starts operations.
Printed circuit board prototypes and small series from our production department can now be assembled with THT and SMT components.

2011 Beta LAYOUT USA

Our company further expanded its presence in the North American market with the takeover of Sprig Circuits Inc. in Vacaville, California, and the foundation of Beta LAYOUT USA.

2012 Beta PROTOTYPES – new online shop

With the new product range, Beta LAYOUT offers a low-cost platform for Rapid Prototyping to designers, design engineers, developers, and all those who have good ideas.

2013 Beta BOARD GmbH expansion production plant III

Expanding our production plant III with another office building has freed up additional space for our fast growing assembly service as well as providing the much needed space for our electronics-shop eSTORE.

2014 25 Years Beta LAYOUT!

This year’s anniversary is marked by increasing sales and customer figures, thanks to our successful PCB-POOL® and the extensive product range on offer including SMD-stencils, front panels and 3D-Print.