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Alken Engineering Ltd is a leading specialist in the provision of engineering services to North West manufacturing located in Thornsett, New Mills, North Derbyshire. Established 1975 it moved to its present purpose built premises in 1999. Due to increased customer demands these were further extended in 2002 and 2008 to give a floor area in excess of 30,000 sq ft. The family-run business currently employs some 50 personnel with an annual turnover in excess of £4.5m.


The company provides a complete machining service to customers throughout the UK & Germany.

Engineering to customer supplied drawings, samples or instructions.
In-house programming and design facilities using “state of the art” CNC programming systems.
CNC Turning Assets:

  • Mazak Quickturn 350M
  • DSG Monarch 2413 CNC Centre Lathe
  • MHP 50 CNC Lathe
  • XYZ Proturn SXL555 3M
  • Mori-Sieki NL2500 –twin spindle 5 axis
  • XYZ Proturn 310
  • XYZ Proturn 410

CNC Boring / Milling Assets:

  • Bridgeport 500 VMC
  • Bridgeport 1000 VMC – 2 off
  • Bridgeport Interact 720x
  • Mazak VTC-20C
  • Hartford Blockbuster Pro 3150
  • XYZ Pro 3000
  • XTZ KVR 3000 – 2 off
  • XYZ SMX 3000
  • XYZ SMX 5000

Conventional Turning Assets:

  • Binns & Berry Centre Lathe – 1m swing over gap, 11.5m between centres, 10 ¼” through the spindle, rear mounted chuck on the headstock.
  • Binns & Berry Centre Lathe – 6.0m between centres.
  • DSG Type 21 & 13-1 Centre Lathes
  • Ward 2DS,  7D & 10C Turret Lathes

Conventional Milling Assets:

  • De Vlieg Jig Mill 3H-72
  • Bridgeport Series 1

Boring Assets:

  • Webster Bennet 48” Vertical Borer (with digital readout)


  • Seiki Hamai long shaft Keyway Miller.
  • Fromag KZH125/1000.
  • Hartley Brookes Hydraulic Bar press 8mtr.

Drilling Assets:

  • Mas VR4  Radial Arm Drill.
  • Asquith ODI Mk2 Radial Arm Drill.
  • Corona small Radial Arm Drill.
  • Various pillar drills.

Sawing Assets:

  • Forte SBA410 Band Saw.
  • Rusch 320 Band Saw.
  • Pedrazzoli SN310 Band Saw
  • Pedrazzoli Cut off saw.

Grinding Assets:

  • Snow 36” Horizontal Surface Grinder
  • Lumsden 42” Vertical Surface Grinde
  • Jones  &  Shipman 1310 Cylindrical Grinder
  • Various tool grinders.


  • Faro Arm – 5 micron.
  • Plug gauges, micrometers, surface  finish testers.
  • Height gauges , bore gauges.
  • All traceable to standards.



The Fabrication Department employs 22 time-served Fabricators/ Welders who are qualified to both European and ASME IX standards using MIG, TIG and SMAW procedures.

  • Kempi/ESAB/Murex/Merkle/Migatronic Welding Plant.
  • Fabrications up to 10 tonne capacity.
  • 350 Ton x 3m Cincinnati SBA 410 Press Brake.
  • Adira – 4m x 150 tonne Press Brake.
  • Edwards Pearson 4m x 12mm Guillotine.
  • Morgan Rushworth 2m Box & Pan Folder.
  • Morgan Rushworth 4′ x 6mm Rollers.
  • Roundo 1250 x 4.5 Sheet Rollers.
  • 100” Keetona Hydroform.
  • Anayak Section Bender – <150mm Dia Tube.
  • Memoli universal Rotary Tube Bender.
  • Kingsland J25 Ironworker.


Profiling and Cutting

The company offers flame cutting, plasma and laser cutting using CNC equipment.

  • Flame cutting 2500 x 5000 x 125mm steel plate
  • Trumpf 4KW Laser cutting 1250 x 2500 x 3mm stainless steel, 15mm mild steel.
  • Rotary pipe cutting equipment.


Metal Finishing

The company offers a variety of metal finishes to suit customers’ requirements

  • Vibratory Deburring Machine.
  • Metal Polishing.
  • Shot-blast Facility.
  • Painting Facility.
  • Powder Coating.
  • Zinc & Nickel Plating.
  • Chemical Blacking Facility.



Our Apprenticeship scheme provides the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’, and offers exciting training and career development opportunities, we annually recruit apprentices.

Alken Engineering strongly supports and encourages its staff to maintain and upgrade their skills.


The company is accredited to  BS EN ISO 9001 : 2008 and all Alken personnel are committed to providing the level of quality and service required to satisfy the demands of clients and customers. Alken Engineering Ltd prides itself in offering a complete Management Quality System. Management and employees are fully committed to delivering this goal.


Health & Safety

Alken Engineering Ltd adheres to a strict Health & Safety Policy which is constantly being reviewed and updated to meet ever-changing regulations and legislation.



Alken Engineering Ltd will treat all enquiries and orders with the strictest integrity and is pledged to safeguard the confidentiality of all information received, including customers’ intellectual property. Alken Engineering will not pass on to any 3 parties any information relating to its customers or its customers business.