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A flexible manufacturer of precision photo etched metal components delivered on short lead-times to customers worldwide.

Qualitetch, Your Total Metal Component Manufacturing Solution

A flexible manufacturer of precision photo etched metal components delivered on short lead-times to customers worldwide.

Qualitetch are a professional, friendly team who exist to service the metal component requirements of our diverse and ever expanding customer base, both in the UK and worldwide.

We are globally renowned for our proactive responsiveness to our customers needs, and for the quality of the bespoke customer specific metal components we supply – this is made possible by our continued commitment to world class customer service and the implementation of lean manufacturing principles, whilst using the latest manufacturing equipment and machinery available within the industry.

Proactive Staff

For either simple or complex manufacturing problems our team can help manufacture your ideas

30 years of Excellence

For over three decades, we have offered our customers world class, customer specific, manufacturing solutions.

Quality Assured

We believe that delivering quality is important from the first point of contact, through to delivery and after sales.

Fast turn-around

Our lead-times start from same day and all standard shipments are next working day delivery.

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Communicating Clearly

Our passion for customer care and our willingness to communicate have won us many customers over the years, who return to us again and again for a solution to their metal component requirements.

We believe that delivering quality is important right from first contact through to delivery and after sales service, that’s why you’ll find us a pleasure to deal with.

We serve industries within the Aerospace, Automotive, Creative Arts, Defence Projects, Electronic Devices, Broadcast Equipment, Instrumentation Technology, Scientific analysis equipment, Medical Devices, Telecommunications devices & Renewable Energies markets, as well as many more sectors, for over 30 years and we are a safe pair of hands for all your metal component manufacturing needs.

Contact us today to see how Qualitetch Components can help you manufacture your ideas in metal.


Meet the Sales Team

Cameron Watson
Sales Engineer
Naomi Moore
Sales Administrator
Michelle Laws
Customer Service Manager
Ashley Drew
Commercial Manager

30 Years of Excellence

For over three decades, Qualitetch have excelled in the creation of customer specific manufacturing solutions. This has been achieved through effective development and utilisation of our expanding range of manufacturing and technical capabilities.

1990

Establishment and growth

1990

set up and establishment of the Qualitetch Components Ltd business

1990

Premises purchased outright

1990

Turnover reaches £0.5M

1990

First exhibition trade show and first ISO 9001 accreditation attained and the sudden death of Managing Director Bob Rathbone

1990

Company restructured with new Managing Director - Barry Dupee  and Sales Manager Alexander Craig

1990

Expansion of component forming capacity and new network computer system installed

1990

Qualiform set up as a post operations cell with tool making capabilities

1990

Wire erosion facility incorporated within the tool room and pro engineer software installed. We also achieved the investors in people standard

1990

Qualitetch took the team to Disneyworld Florida for Christmas as the turnover target was reached. Also Solidworks software installed

2000

Factory extended to house the environmental control plant & volume etch line facility

2001

New automated stripping line installed and open plan offices built for sales, finance, quality and engineering departments

2002

Design for manufacture service launched and won an award from the Evening Telegraph for training

2003

Redthorn MRP system introduced to give real time reporting to production

2004

Qualitetch joined PCMI. Purchase of high precision spot welder. Introduction of lead free solder policy. Manufactured and commissioned the first universal form tool.

2005

Became ROHS compliant. Purchase of new multi chamber Chemcut etching machine to increase manufacturing capacity. Form in place gasket capability service introduced

2006

Lean manufacturing plans introduced for production. 5s program introduced. Alexander Craig becomes Managing Director

2007

Re-shuffle and strengthening of the strategic management team. Two new Chemcut etching lines installed. Introduction of kan ban feed to line service. New precision toggle presses introduced

2007

Following installation of our new effluent water treatment plant, we achieved a 2/3's saving on ppm emmissions.

2007

two key staff members completed post apprentiship training and achieved HNC's in mechanical engineering

2008

Two new apprentices taken on. Restructuring of the quality management system to consolidate all achieved ISO standards 9001 & 14001

2008

Alexander Craig completes management buy out of Qualitetch.  New lamination equipment installed

2009

Sales & finance move into newly refurbished offices. New interactive website launched www.qualitetch.co.uk

2010

Refurbishment completed within our tool-room and forming cells. New maintenance technician employed to cope with rising demand.

2010

New ISO 9001:2008 standard achieved. New apprentice taken on. A further production engineer employed to help with major demand rises through 2010

2011

New operations manager joins the team. New branding framework completed and new Qualitetch logo branding launched

2011

New metal cleaning line installed. further sales engineer employed. New buyer joins the team

2011

5 year strategy completed with MAS. upgrading of effluent water treatment plant to cope with greater capacity.

2011

New etching line installed to cope with demand capacity. Refurbishment of dispatch area completed to improve our lean manufacturing process flow route

2012

New printing and laminating area built complete  using lean principles. New developing production line installed to double our capacity through manufacturing process.

2013

FREE photo tooling introduced to invest in our customers growth. Southern Manufacturing exhibition attended in Farnborough.

2014

Upgrades completed for improvement to the facility infrastructure including metal stores, etch-room and general work flow routes

2014

£300k investment started to re-equip the plant. New Quality staff employed to cope with growth.

2015

New Etching line installed to cope with increased manufacturing needs. New fully automated cleaning line installed to ensure consistency through the photo etching process

2015

New automated optical inspection equipment installed to  include a bed profile size of 500mm x 400mm

2016

June 2016 Qualitetch achieves AS9100C aerospace standard

2017

investment into new CMM inspection equipment.

2017

Further investment into new EDM wire erosion equipment to increase capacity for both tool-making and bespoke customer parts.

2017

2 new sales engineers employed due to significant turnover growth increase

2018

ISO 14001 environmental standard audit completed and renewed once again

2018

End of financial year Feb 2018 completed, and it has been our most successful year ever with over 30% turnover growth. A big well done to all our team and obviously a huge thank you to all our customers.

2018

AS9100 Rev D aerospace standard achieved

2019

ISO 14001 environmental standard completed

2019

AS9100 Rev D & ISO 9001 audits completed and newly certified

2019

New investments in large width laminator & large bed printer to enable us to offer larger panel etching of 800mm x 610mm

2019

New Etching Lines installed to support production growth

2020

Further inspection equipment purchased to aid our QA team.

2020

New EDM wire erosion equipment purchased to support our growing production and tooling needs for this process.

2021

Further investment in automated robotics to support production growth

2021

New Salesforce CRM installed to support customer growth and enhance customer service offer

2021

New Sales Engineer recruited to support growth

Quality Approvals & Compliance

Qualitetch are fully committed to supplying parts to drawing first time, every time.

Our dedicated quality team are trained in the latest quality and inspection methods and we have held all necessary ISO standards for many years. We have the latest automated optical inspection equipment on-site with an inspection bed size of 500mm x 400mm. We currently hold AS9100D , ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 accreditation standards with NQA as well as Rolls Royce approval for photo etching.

Please use the link below to download PDF copies of our ISO certification: