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For more than 30 years, Qualitetch have excelled in creating customer specific manufacturing solutions for precision etched components using the photo etching and chemical etching process. Our experience and expertise in providing chemical etching and photo etched components is 2nd to none within the industry, and our ability to offer manufacturing solutions to suit all needs has turned Qualitetch into a well-known and well-respected market leader in the UK and on the worldwide stage.

This enviable reputation has been achieved through effective development and ongoing evolution over the years, with our ever-expanding range of manufacturing processes & services and technical capabilities to also offer EDM Wire erosion, Metal stamping / punching & Laser cutting.

Our services are unparalleled, both in terms of quality and competence, which, combined with our can-do attitude and the passion we apply to each and every project, has made us the ultimate provider of metal component solutions worldwide.

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Nickel Silver Etching

Nickel Silver is an extremely useful metal due to its high resistance to heat and corrosion, making it a popular choice when developing a variety of materials. At Qualitetch, we are able to use both Nickel and Nickel Silver for whatever applications you require. Due to the strength and resistance of Nickel, the metal is used in a variety of industries, commonly as a protective outer coating for softer metals. Very few things are made out o...

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Processes & Services

Qualitetch offer a wide range of engineering solutions and process methods to aid in the manufacture of your metal component designs. Everything from Photo Chemical Etching, Metal Stamping & Punching, 3D Component Forming, CNC Machining, EDM Wire Erosion, Laser Cutting & Tool-making. We also provide various added value processes such as Soldering, Assembly Work, Spot Welding & traditional welding as well as a wide range of plating...

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Copper Etching

Copper is a soft metal with very high electrical and thermal conductivity. At Qualitetch, we can etch detailed designs into a range of copper and Beryllium Copper metals. Due to the high conductivity of Copper, the metal is used mostly in the electrical, automotive and transmission industries. One of its primary uses is for wiring, especially for heating systems which take advantage of the material's high boiling point. Through our Phot...

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Brass Etching

Brass is a metal alloy consisting of copper and zinc, with differing variations of the metal made by changing the proportion of the two elements. At Qualitetch, we can etch brass for a range of uses stemming from signage to jewellery and screening cans. Due to its bronzed appearance, Brass is a popular metal to use in art and decoration, while its low friction also makes the material popular to make applications such as locks, doorknobs, valves ...

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Aluminium Etching

The process of chemical etching with aluminium is a specialist process. This is because aluminium etching can be difficult to get right if you do not have the correct process controls which can lead to poor edges and a roughly finished etch.  The reason for this is that aluminium is exothermic, meaning that it creates heat and gases on the surface of the metal as it is being etched, which causes the aluminium to blow outwards and smut with carbo...

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Molybdenum Etching

Molybdenum is a material popular in the manufacturing industry thanks to its many uses and benefits. Etching molybdenum is ideal for the medical, aerospace, defence and telecommunications industries, meaning that high-quality components can be etched and provided for use in these sectors. Chemical etching with molybdenum is useful because of the metal's high melting point and low propensity for thermal expansion. This makes it perfectly su...

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Bronze Etching

Here at Qualitetch, we offer phosphor bronze etching services to our customers. This material is incredibly useful across a full range of applications, meaning that phosphor bronze photo and chemical etching is a highly versatile and adaptable method of manufacturing quality components. This versatility means that the process of phosphor bronze photo etching is one which can be used for many different products across a full range of sectors an...

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Mild Steel & Carbon Spring Steel Etching

Steel is one of the most popular metal materials to use in manufacturing, thanks to the many useful properties it possesses. Here at Qualitetch, we utilise a number of steel variants, including both mild steel and carbon steel, to harness the durability and resilience of the metal. Etched steel parts and components are great for a multitude of industries and sectors, including automotive, aerospace, electronics and telecommunications, and can ...

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Silver Photo Chemical Etching

Silver is one of the most common precious metals around the world, and we use it to create important everyday parts and components, as well as delicate and intricate jewellery designs. Silver can be found in everything from cutlery, mirrors and cufflinks through to parts for clocks, electronic equipment and appliances, circuit boards, batteries and vehicles - and much more besides; you are likely to come across photo etched silver on a daily basi...

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Stainless Steel Etching

Stainless steel photo chemical etching is one of the most common materials we etch. this is due to the non corrosion qualities of stainless steel and the parts generally not needing additional plating & finishing. Qualitetch offer various tempers of this material including hard rolled, cold rolled and annealed. We offer metal components for various industry sectors using stainless steel including: automotive components, medical devices, ...

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Chemical Etching Process

  The photo etching process is one of the most accurate methods of manufacturing parts and components for businesses and industries around the world. The process involves a systematic approach to ensure that your end products are as high quality as possible. From receiving the initial design brief, we will know exactly what our clients are expecting to receive, including material used, dimensions of the parts, volume, and any other...

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Photo Etching

The Photo Etching process is flexible, highly accurate and cost-effective at any volume. The photo etching process is known by many names, including chemical etching, acid etching and photo chemical machining (PCM). Utilising flat sheet metal to manufacture high quality and accurate parts and components for a variety of businesses and industries, Qualitetch offers only the very best service possible. As well as providing businesses with their...

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Component Forming

Precision metal etched flat blanks that require subsequent metal forming operations can be processed in house in our dedicated form room. We have a number of fly and toggle presses as well as two 30 ton mechanical power presses, one 10 ton mechanical power press and one 7.5 ton hydraulic power press. Using our in-house tool-making facility Qualitetch have become a world leader for component manufacturing, we are able to design and produce simple ...

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EDM Wire Erosion

To compliment our manufacturing services for thin gauge components, we have also introduced an EDM wire erosion facility within our business to further add to our processing capabilities for our customers. Benefits of Wire Erosion Whilst chemical etching is an accurate method of manufacture, occasionally specified tolerances are smaller than the process capabilities and we may need to look at alternative processes such as wire e...

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CNC Machining Services

Computer Numerical Control or CNC Machining is a process of manufacturing metal components using various computer controlled tools. Qualitetch  has  an on-site tool room facility, which enables the manufacturing of form tools and machining for high specification components. We utilise several CAD CAM CNC machines, all of which offer five-axis  CNC machining, as well as other associated machining equipment, such as spot drilling, lathe a...

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Metal Stamping Services

  As UK leaders in the metal manufacturing industry, Qualitetch also offers a metal stamping service, dedicated to producing bespoke metal components. These metal stamping services are often more suited to volume work for parts once they are finalised for production, after the initial prototyping and low batch quantity stage. Like the other manufacturing processes we specialise in, our metal stamping service produces high-quality r...

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Metal Laser Cutting

Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut through the material, and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications. For some components, that may be unsuitable for photo etching, we are able to offer parts manufactured using CNC laser cutting techniques. The precision may be better than some traditional methods, as the laser beam does not wear during the manufacturing process. Components are processed using th...

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Plating & Finishing

Qualitetch  offers a full range of high quality and technically advanced finishes including: Gold Silver (Bright, Semi Bright & Matt) Tin (Bright, Semi Bright & Matt) Electro Nickel Electroless Nickel Zinc & Black Passivate Copper Anodising (Various colours) Alocrom - Chromate conversion Cadmium Rhodium Palladium Passivation and many more, just ask our sales team for more details...

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Sheet Metal Enclosures

Qualitetch offer bespoke sheet metal enclosures and metal screening cans manufactured using a variety of process methods including, photo etching, metal stamping, CNC machining, wire erosion & laser cutting. Parts are available with maximum dimensions of 600mm x 600mm and thicknesses ranging from 0.05mm to 3.00mm. Qualitetch work with most metals, including: Nickel Silver, Mu Metal, Mild Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Brass, Copper...

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Assembly Work

At Qualitetch, we have found over the years that more and more customers are looking to rationalise their supplier base and find vendors that can offer all services needed under one roof, rather than losing valuable manufacturing time sending parts to several key suppliers to receive components. Always on the front foot and pushing manufacturing techniques, Qualitetch have developed processes to ensure we can cope with these demands, and have ...

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Metal Components

Here at Qualitetch, we offer an industry leading Photo Etching process, and we understand the need for flexibility when it comes to the materials that we use in this process. With such a vast range of industries utilising our services, we want our range of materials to reflect this. We create parts and components using various etching metals to suit your needs. Because of the highly accurate processes we utilise, we can manufacture almost ...

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Design for Manufacture Service

Qualitetch also offer a design for manufacture service that can work with either yourself or your companies team to help develop design solutions for a particular engineering problem or product. Qualitetch have a sales and design team in-house that has many years experience in working with companies on specific design solutions and are ready to aid your business when required. Our FAQ's page can also help provide design guidance regardin...

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  Always seeking to diversify into new markets, Qualitetch now offers a non-metallic presswork service and produces gaskets and other flat cut parts from materials such as Neoprene, Nebar or Klingersil to name a few. Our extensive supplier base means that if we do not stock the material you require, we can source it quickly and at a competitive cost. Parts are cut from the sheet using an impression knife tool on a fly press for a minim...

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General Tool-room Services

Qualitetch offers a full-service manufacturing process for parts and components. In addition to this, there are various general tool room services on offer, including grinding, polishing, heat treatments, spot-welding and welding, soldering, drilling and reaming. All of which are part of the many manufacturing solutions and processes that we provide. We utilise hand folding or dedicated hard tool forms to form components using the photo et...

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16 Jun 2022

Solar PV Tender Opportunity

Qualitetch Components Ltd has identified several opportunities to improve energy efficiency, reduce the carbon footprint of the business and realise cost savings.  As such, Qualitetch Components Ltd invites tenders for the installation of solar PV at our site in March, Cambridgeshire.  This Tender is being run in conjunction with a grant application to the Eastern New Energy (ENE) Programme.  A contractor will be appointed subject to a grant being award...

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19 Mar 2020

Qualitetch Covid19 Coronavirus Customer Update

Many of our customers have obviously been in-touch asking about the recent coronavirus outbreak pandemic and how it effects our supply chain and our ability to support customers and manufacture metal components through these uncertain times. We can assure customers that every effort is being made to ensure production is effected as little as possible, and have already implemented risk assessed measures including more homeworking where possible, increase...

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03 Feb 2020

Qualitetch Celebrate 30 years of Photo Etching

On the 31st January 2020 Qualitetch celebrated 30 years of offering our customers top quality photo etching services from our March Cambridgeshire site. Much has changed over the years, with us now offering a vast array of new services including metal stamping, EDM wire erosion and CNC machining to name a few. Our team, many who have been here at Qualitetch for over 20 years celebrated with cake, and we look forward to the next 30 years to see what can be ...

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Burr-free, Stress-free, metal components achieved through photo etching

Photo etching has many benefits for anyone looking to manufacture components from thin gauge sheet metal (namely 10um – 1.6mm thick). However, in comparison to traditional manufa...

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what’s it like to
work with us

“We have used Qualitetch on many occasions for the manufacture of various prototype and production  etched and formed parts.

At the initial quotation stage I have found them to respond very quickly and their understanding of my requirements has always been comprehensive. This, combined with their competitive price and leadtime, has made them a supplier of choice. Order shipments arrive well packaged and on time further reinforcing the positive experience and allows us to ship our parts on time. Their close  attention to customer satisfaction reinforces their position as an ideal supply chain partner.”

- Paul G

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