This article showcases our top picks for the best United Kingdom based Industrial Engineering startups. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Industrial Engineering industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top United Kingdom Industrial Engineering Startups
CORE POWER (UK) Ltd
CORE POWER is a UK-based development company, specializing in scalable atomic power technology for ocean transport and heavy industry. In partnership with leading international corporations, CORE POWER aims to deliver durable zero-emission energy for floating industrial production and deep-sea shipping.
The marine-Molten Salt Reactor (m-MSR) is set to create the first sustainable zero-emission energy system for ocean transportation and represents an economic opportunity worth $27 billion by 2040. The m-MSR is the technology that forms the start of a ‘second atomic era’, where climate change is the main driver of powerful, inexpensive, and safe new energy solutions.
Over the next few decades as many as 60,000 ships must transition from combustion of fossil fuels to zero-emission propulsion. The UN’s maritime agency IMO has mandated with unanimous approval from 174 countries that shipping must reduce emissions by 50% of the 2008 total, before 2050.
This means an actual emission reduction of almost 90%, by 2050. The m-MSR can achieve that goal alone, by producing green sustainable fuels for the smaller ships and powering the largest ships.
Zero emissions come as standard. The m-MSR is like an atomic battery pack.
The m-MSR is small, with few moving parts, it can be a third cheaper to run than a large fossil fuelled engine. It massively reduces waste, and is fuelled-for-life, avoiding proliferation of spent fuel.
Paragraf develop and deliver game-changing, commercial-quality, graphene-based electronic devices using contamination-free technology that is both scalable and compatible with existing electronic device manufacturing production processes. Far-ranging applications include the semiconductor, green energy and sensor markets.
If you have the same passion and drive to see graphene electronics achieve their potential or just an interest in getting to know the material and its applications more, we are continually looking for like-minded people, development partners, and new friends in this and related technology spaces. Why not reach out and say hello, we’d be delighted to make your acquaintance..
Lontra is a leading engineering, manufacturing and digital services business delivering revolutionary air and gas compressors. The company is backed by world-class technical and commercial partners, including Industrial Air Centers, Universal Wolf, Sulzer, Shield Engineering Group, ABB, SKF, Severn Trent Water and Yaskawa.
The company’s flagship product, the award-winning and patented Blade Compressor® is the first widely applicable new compressor design in over 80 years. The technology is proven to be up to a third more efficient than its competitors, offering incredible energy savings and delivering significant improvements in reliability.
Now developing new technologies and expanding into new industries and compressor applications. These include general manufacturing, cement, food and drink, pharmaceutical, industrial wastewater, drinking water and power generation.
Lontra has attracted wonderful support in terms of grants and awards from Innovate UK, Horizon2020, Edie, IMechE, Royal Academy of Engineering, The Carbon Trust, and Severn Trent Water. Most recently winning the 2020 IMechE Award for Innovation in Bulk Materials and Handling..
Oxford Flow combines the finest minds from academia with global expertise from industry to deliver practical solutions that enable their customers to make their operations quicker and slicker while reducing environmental impact. Oxford Flow is able to save you money without sacrificing performance.
Every device is the result of intensive testing and customer feedback. Their solutions aren’t just theoretical – they are proven in the harshest of conditions to work time after time..
Impression Technologies offer a fully tailored service according to your engineering needs from concept to production. We provide the knowledge and expertise to support HFQ® technology, empowering you to transform your project.
Our facility, located in Coventry, UK, is fully equipped to carry out in-house prototyping and production runs to support our HFQ customers and partners.. .
Cambridge Vacuum Engineering
CVE designs and builds process solutions and has more than 60 years experience manufacturing Electron Beam (EB) systems and Vacuum Furnaces (VF’s) from its base in Cambridge UK. CVE’s range of equipment includes systems ranging from 50 to 200 kV with beam powers up to 100 kW.
Professional engineering skills are applied to customer requirements resulting in innovative solutions to technical problems. The company’s skilled workforce, experienced engineering department and extensive service team are backed up with a range of in-house test and diagnostic facilities.
CVE offers true global coverage from itssales and service centres in the UK and worldwide. Cambridge Vacuum Engineering’s roots begin in the late 1950’s in Cambridge, England with the founding of Torvac, a company specialising in the manufacture of Electron Beam Welders and Vacuum Furnaces.
A break-a-way group formed Wentgate Engineers in the mid 1960’s and for many years the two companies traded in competition. Torvac purchased the Hawker Siddley Dynamics “Dynaweld” technology, which added 150kV welders to their range..
Vantage Power design and manufacture retrofit hybrid powertrains for buses, enabling operators to reduce their fuel consumption and emissions at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new hybrid buses. By designing the whole hybrid system – everything between the fuel tank and the wheels – we ensure optimal performance of every component, resulting in higher fuel economy, lower emissions, and greater reliability than other systems.
The company’s engineering team – drawn from the heavy-duty vehicle, Formula 1 and aerospace industries – is continuously challenged to develop innovative solutions, and this has culminated in a truly unique product offering.. .
The Technology Research Centre Limited
The Technology Research Centre Limited supports companies in introducing new products and processes. Whatever the focus, the company uses science and technology as tools to deliver breakthrough innovation.
Its team is made up of experienced science and engineering professionals, with in-depth knowledge of solving real, day-to day manufacturing industry issues.. .
SERTEC GROUP HOLDINGS has five manufacturing sites in the Midlands UK, plus a tooling operation in China. The company has proven world class performance and we are experts in transfer and progression presswork, welded assemblies, tube manipulation, exhaust bright trim and wire forming.
We have developed a particular expertise in Aluminium weld technology and have invested heavily in robotic plant and equipment to fulfil the advancement of lightweight platforms for our customers’ vehicles. Through Sertec’s experience, gained from over 53 years of supplying the automotive industry, we offer complete solutions to our customers..
G.M.S. Global Maritime Services Ltd
Global Maritime Services provides risk and cost reduction services for the high-value maritime and offshore domains. Its main focus is to develop services that improve safety and efficiency for navigation and offshore operations across the global maritime industry.
GMS aims to develop products and services with significant added value to the shipping and offshore industries. Therefore, its research and development team has many years of operational shipping experience and a thorough understanding of the high-value maritime market domain..
We are a pioneering 3D digital technology solutions provider. As early adopters of digital surveying we have built a reputation on our innovative turnkey solutions since as far back as 1988.
Our core specialisms in 3D data capture and imaging, BIM and virtual reality, are now offered in three dedicated service areas; Digital Surveys, Digital Architecture and Digital VR, all housed under one Luminous roof. With over a quarter of a century of experience working with clients across the globe, in sectors including construction, architecture, engineering and heritage tourism, Luminous is what we are now, and we provide revolutionary solutions that will achieve your project goals and exceed your expectations..
A world leader in polymer composite products, Icon Polymer Group’s complete bespoke design, manufacture and global supply chain management service makes us a key partner to leading players in sectors from aerospace and transport to energy and industry.Dedicated in-house design engineering and technical support keep us at the forefront of innovation in product development and service provision. An extensive portfolio of compounds, polymer-fabric composites and rubber-to-metal parts draws on over 150 years of experience.
Our unique i-PC™ (Icon Process Control) System allows the precise control of manufacturing, testing and verification processes necessary to produce high-performance, safety-critical components.. .
KW Special Projects
KW Special Projects operates within the high performance engineering sector – designing, manufacturing and supplying complete solutions. Founded by Kieron Salter, (founder and MD of KW Motorsport Ltd), KWSP provides services to meet the rapid growth in demand for a non-conventional approach to the integration of new processes and technologies into high performance engineering and manufacturing.
Guided by the principles of motorsport, the need for speed, efficiency and precision through the use of technology, materials and processes, KWSP takes a disruptive approach to a clients’ creative ideas – facilitating the transfer of knowledge from one sector to another. Based in Brackley adjacent to F1 team Mercedes AMG Petronas’s facilities, KWSP is at the heart of the UK’s thriving “Motorsport Valley” and part of a concentration of over 1000 companies in Northamptonshire that form the “High Performance Technologies Cluster”.
With 6000 sq ft of office and R&D workshop space, Unit 6 has the ability to facilitate large projects including design engineering, on-site assembly, testing, R&D and commissioning. KWSP’s team are qualified post-graduate engineers.
Our expertise is in exploiting the transferable nature of high performance technology from one sector to another. It works in the areas of Medical and Healthcare, Automotive, Food Manufacturing, Industrial Inkjet, Food Processing Industries, FMCG, Converting Industries and Associated Manufacturing..
Monodraught has been at the forefront of designing and manufacturing low energy, low carbon, and sustainable solutions for over 40 years. There company is focused around three product sets in which they are recognised as market leaders: natural and hybrid lighting, natural cooling and natural and hybrid ventilation.
There products can be found anywhere from a residential build looking to increase its natural light through to a high impact architectural building such as the Copperbox Arena (formerly the Olympics Handball stadium). A key sector for Monodraught is in Education where there products can deliver real dividends in terms of lower energy and carbon footprint and improved environments for students and teachers..
Ben Dolman and James Winterburn have developed a novel technique for the production of biochemicals which can reduce production costs by more than 40%, as well as reducing energy consumption and eliminating solvent use. These biochemicals are produced by microorganisms in large-volume steel bioreactors, and a gravity-based separation device constantly separates the product from the bioreactor as it is made, allowing the process to run continuously and at increased production rates.
The system can also use food wastes as raw materials, in place of food grade chemicals. The team have generated huge industrial interest in their technology, and have collaboratively demonstrated the process at pilot scale for the production of sophorolipid biosurfactants, working with Croda, Allied Carbon Solutions and Godrej.
Ben is now working at the DeepScienceVentures accelerator to commercialise the technology, and is in the process of forming spinout company Holiferm, which will work with biochemical producers for dramatic cost reductions. The technology is ready for application to sophorolipid production, and further research is underway to develop cost effective processes, first for additional biosurfactants and then in the much broader biologically-produced lipid field..
DFx Technology designs and manufactures energy saving technologies. It offers OEM controls, such as cooler controls; and retro-fit controls.
DFx Technology also provides LED based commercial, outdoor, domestic, and hi-render lighting solutions, as well as accessories, such as anti-spotting adaptor brackets, power cables, link cables, DC distribution blocks, DC surface transformers, DC transformers, DC plug-and-play adapters, and surface mount kits. In addition, it offers remote diagnostics, monitoring, and control solutions, such as GPS positioning solutions, flow rate and liquid volume detectors, level detectors, carbon dioxide detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and oxygen detectors.
Further, DFx Technology provides bespoke design services to blue-chip companies ranging from national police-forces to global beverage companies. It began operation in 2003, with its headquarters in Witney in the United Kingdom..
CNC Robotics offers bespoke robotic systems that machine a diverse range of components, prototypes, and sculptures for international clients in aerospace, automotive, film, timber, and other sectors. It also provides innovative solutions in the area of integrated industrial robots and offers robotic solutions.
CNC Robotics specializing in process R&D, manufacturing, robotic milling, service, maintenance, support, industry, engineering, and training. It was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Liverpool, United Kingdom..
Babcock International is a work-based learning provider that provides training programmes to learners nationwide. The company helps customers to improve the capability, reliability, and availability of critical assets within the key market sectors.
The company maintains delivers sustainable value for stakeholders. The company builds up its expertise on marine, land, aviation, and nuclear sectors through infrastructure, assets, technology, or regulation.
Babcock International was founded on 1993 and is headquartered in London, England.. .
Smiths is a global technology company listed on the London Stock Exchange. A world leader in the practical application of advanced technologies, Smiths Group delivers products and services for the threat & contraband detection, medical devices, energy, communications and engineered components markets worldwide.
Our products and services make the world safer, healthier and more productive. In this section, you can see how the Smiths Group of today came into being, view our Corporate strategy, and see where our divisions operate globally.
Applied Inspection Ltd
Applied Inspection Ltd is an ISO 9001:2015 and RISQS accredited NDT services company providing Non Destructive Testing, Welding, Welder Training and Materials Testing both on site and from one of three fully equipped laboratories in the UK. Applied Inspection has a world wide reputation for providing highly professional NDT services to a vast range of industries – petro-chemical, nuclear electric, off-shore, rail, power generation, mining, gas, construction, foundries and general engineering.
Our 24 hour – seven days a week NDT service ensures that we’re always available to our customers.. .
Advanced Mechanical Systems
Advanced Mechanical Systems is a mechanical engineering company specializing in the bespoke design and manufacture of robotic inspection equipment for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) applications. Its core competency is the design and manufacturing of robotic, automated, and manual NDT scanning solutions for operations within hazardous environments and areas with limited access.
It offers a wide range of structural integrity solutions including robotic scanners (automated and manual), pipeline inspection gauges (PIG) and monitoring collars with smart sensors. It also develops equipment tailored to a client’s specific priority or problem, provide intuitive designs for ease of use by end-users, and manufacture robotic tools for remote inspections.
AMS provides cost-effective and innovative solutions to efficiently reduce safety and environmental risks to the benefit of clients operating in numerous sectors including oil & gas, petrochemical, power generation, water, aerospace, sub-sea, construction, automotive, and rail.. .
Sleaford Building Services
SBS are a MEP design and build contractor specialising in quality installations throughout the UK. They are a growing family owned business based in Lincolnshire with in house expertise in commercial, industrial, retail and residential sectors.
They have their own fabrication facility to enable off site modular construction, their own in house ventilation department, process engineering specialist and a team of skilled and dedicated installation engineers in a range of fields. Their design team are well qualified and experienced to deliver design information to BIM level 2 standards and offer advice on thermal modelling for building regulation and industry standard compliance as well as providing advice on Low and Zero carbon technologies and strategies for optimum utilisation.
They are engaged on projects from small maintenance callouts through to £Multi-million MEP installations involving a high degree of technical knowledge and coordination. .
EDS HV Group
EDS HV Group is engages in the design and installation of wind farm construction projects. From design through to connection, testing, commissioning and operations, the company provide its clients with a high quality solution as their partner of choice, offering professional engineering services 24/7, 365 days a year.
EDS HV pride itself on being High voltage engineering specialists with many years of experience and expertise to offer.. .
High Access Maintenance
We handle the toughest challenges in the most hard to reach areas, 24/7/365. Yet it’s how we respond that defines us.
Acting quickly and safely, we send skilled, highly qualified people to the scene.We have everything you need in-house. So you can count on consistent workmanship and a rapid response, with little need for sub-contractors or hire equipment and machinery..
Deep Science Ventures
Deep Science Ventures is an accelerator that works with scientists to build companies, from scratch, across domains from biochemistry to nano-tech. They provide basic salary to fund the first 3 months of the program, followed by a £30k investment into those teams that demonstrate the commercial and technical viability of their startup.
It is based in London, United Kingdom.. .
C-Tech Innovation is a leading Innovation Management and Technology Development company. The company provides business improvement and innovation consultancy and a range of hands-on experimental, engineering and research and development services.
C-Tech has designed a number of processes for the fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries including advances in calcining, continuous microwave chemistry, and radio frequency-assisted pill forming and curing. Waste streams can be treated either to render the waste products easier to handle, or to recover valuable materials for reuse.
C-Tech Innovation has participated in hundreds of funded research projects over the past decade, covering a wide range of technology development. The company is experienced in writing project proposals and delivering both EU and UK-funded projects on time and on budget..
160 years ago a Meggitt company developed the world’s first altimeter. Ever since, we have been solving some of the world’s toughest engineering challenges, bringing convenience, safety and security to millions of lives.
Today, Meggitt is a global engineering group specializing in extreme environment components and smart sub-systems for aerospace, defense, and energy markets. We lead the world in our specialist areas, developing cutting-edge technologies for the biggest names in aerospace, defense, and energy.
Over 12,000 employees work across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. More than 60,000 aircraft worldwide rely on our critical components as do hundreds of turbines and oil and gas platforms..
Braunschweiger Flammenfilter GmbH is a medium-sized company constructing flame arresters, valves and tank equipment with the help of more than 300 employees at several locations worldwide. Under the brand PROTEGO® we build and distribute safety devices and tank equipment.
Within our area of expertise we are technology leader. For our customers we provide global services.
They trust in our products for process engineering, the petroleum, chemical and pharmaceutical industry and the bio-energy sector. Our customers rely on our high quality and development standard..
Innovo Engineering & Construction
Innovo is an independent manufacturing and engineering company devoted in providing high value professional services and high technology equipment for renewables, Oil & Gas and Marine business scenarios. The company develops, designs, implements, and maintains integrated “total package” technical solutions for our clients, active in various industries worldwide: among its Client portfolio INNOVO has main worldwide Oil & Gas Companies ad contractors operating on harsh environments.
INNOVO engineering team performs a wide range of activities from conceptual studies to detailed analysis work, provides operational procedures and risk assessments for all their projects, anticipating procurement requirements early on to avoid unexpected delays for our customers.. .
A&M EDM provides precision engineering services. It started in 2002 as EDM wire and spark erosion specialists, and had grown into a 60-strong team offering comprehensive precision engineering solutions.
It operates over 60 CNC machines, but in some cases the best solution is still manual machining, so they also have a fully fitted machine shop staffed by a team with decades of experience in techniques such as cylindrical and surface grinding, turning and milling.. .
The Engineering Company
The Engineering Company aims to trigger the next industrial revolution by building technology that radically accelerates the invention process. The platform allows enables the design industrial hardware on a profoundly deeper complex level in a tenth of the speed.
The company intends their platform to power the next 100 years of hardware invention.. .
Liberty House Group
Liberty House is an international metals and industrial group, specialising in commodities, metals recycling, manufacture of steel, aluminium and engineering products. Headquartered in London, it also has strategic global hubs located in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong, and an extended network of operations covering more than 30 countries.
Its current turnover is approaching $6.8 billion and it employs over 4,000 people globally. The group serves customers in the metals and steel manufacturing industries as well as in automotive, construction, marine, power generation, aerospace, motorsport, yellow goods, agriculture and mining.
Globally, the Liberty House Group is focused on creating a sustainable, balanced international business that is non-cyclical, environmentally conscious and socially responsible, and has an integrated and agile business model.. .
Silentair Group Ltd (Silentair) is a group of privately held businesses specialising in designing, developing and manufacturing quiet and energy efficient air conditioning products and solutions. It is principally an R&D business which also markets its products to prove their effectiveness.
The vision is that long-term success will come from exploiting the value of its Intellectual Property.. .
Gem-Tech develops a novel light-weight Ready Mixed Concrete. It innovated and developed a novel process and a system hat creates a ‘superior foam’, which does not drain off for at least 12 hours, providing sufficient time for the cement to set resulting in high compressive strengths.
The geodesic structure that is created by the novel mixing screw action and the ingredients that are mixed systematically in the GEM-TECHTM machine without using any gravel or any admixtures into GEM-TECHTM ready-mixed material provide significant cost savings.. .
Morgan Advanced Materials plc
Morgan Advanced Materials is a global leader committed to solving difficult problems for customers, ethically and safely. We have unrivalled expertise in the design of components, assemblies and systems using proprietary materials which have been specially designed for use in extreme environments.
This enables us to add real value by delivering significantly enhanced performance for our customers in their products and processes. Our success over the past 160 years has been founded on a customer-centric approach to problem solving – this is part of Morgan’s DNA and is what allows us to drive innovation across a diverse range of sectors, in areas such as technical ceramics, thermal ceramics, composites and defence systems, linear transfer systems, Molten Metal Systems, rotary transfer systems, sensors and transducers, thermal engineering, fire protection, braze alloys, electrical carbon, speciality graphite and mechanical carbon..
Hayley Group Limited
Hayley Group Limited was originally established in 1976 under the name Hayley Bearings Ltd and, as the name implies, they specialised in bearing sales. Their first shop opened its doors in Blackheath, West Midlands; but due to the company’s immediate success, they soon found themselves relocating to larger premises.
The company’s founders and managing directors, Lee Willitts and Bernie Noakes, are still very much hands-on in the day-to-day running of the business. imageHayley Bearings Ltd swiftly established itself as a major player in the engineering market and, owing to its success and expanding product lines, the name was changed to Hayley Group PLC.
To this day, Hayley Group continues to expand to meet the needs of their customers. Hayley Group Limited is now one of the fastest growing engineering inventory suppliers in the UK.
Established for 40 years, the company presently has over 40 branches in the UK and one in the Czech Republic.. .
Imetrum is a world leader in the field of camera-based, non-contact precision measurement. Our video measurement systems are principally used in material testing, component analysis and structural monitoring, with objects from smaller than the size of a human hair, to the world’s longest suspension bridges.
Our systems have many benefits which ultimately save the user time and money, while providing a measurement capability which we believe is far beyond any technology on the market today. Imetrum systems are widely used in both academia and industry.
Recent customers include many Formula 1 motorsport teams, Rolls Royce, Airbus, Network Rail, Cambridge University & Renault. We also have established partners worldwide who are able to provide local support, and enjoy assisting with all types of measurement challenge..
Hydro International is a global company who provide advanced products, services and expertise to help municipal, industrial and construction customers to improve their water management processes, increase operational performance and reduce environmental impact. With over 30 years of experience and a reputation for engineering excellence, businesses and public organisations all over the world rely on our products and services to reduce flood risk, improve water treatment and protect the environment from water pollution.
Headquartered in Clevedon, UK, we have a network of over 80 distribution partners and serve customers in more than 40 countries.. .
Aquablast was established in the United Kingdom in 1987 at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk in response to demand from major oil exploration companies like BP-Amoco, Conoco and Shell for environmentally-friendly surface preparation techniques. Aquablast pioneered the use of Ultra High Pressure water blasting at operating pressures over 35,000 psi in the UK North Sea offshore oil and gas industry.
Damage and pollution from dry abrasive blasting systems was a major problem on offshore oil and gas installations and the UHP water surface preparation technique, which could expose the original blast profile to white metal standard, went on to become an industry standard. Aquablast has designed and manufactured a series of surface preparation systems and application tools intended to reduce environmental impact and make blasting and recoating activities more efficient.
The company has twice won UK Department of Trade and Industry “SMART” awards (Small Firms Awards for Research and Technology).. .
3DCltd.com is a world leading UK based on demand manufacturing platform. It offers a wide range of technologies and materials for any company to make in 3D, their digital products.
Using 3D Printing, CNC Machining, Injection Moulding, Laser Cutting for example. We find the best method for you..
Keller Group plc
Keller Group plc is the world’s largest independent ground engineering contractor, renowned for providing technically advanced andcost-effective foundation solutions. By engaging in a partnership with our customers from the earliest stage of a project, we can apply our engineering excellence and innovation to find new and better ways of getting the job done.
Keller’s services are used across the construction sector in infrastructure, industrial, commercial, residential and environmental projects. Keller has unrivalled coverage in Europe, North America and Australia and a growing presence in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Keller has permanent operations in more than 40 countries, around 10,000 employees and a combined turnover of around £1.6 billion.. .
British Engineering Services
British Engineering Services, based in Manchester, employs over 450 highly trained and qualified Engineer Surveyors and Certification Engineers. Their customers benefit from state-of-the-art technology and excellent online reporting systems that can deliver information quickly and efficiently.
Their commitment to training the next generation of Engineer Surveyors and Certification Engineers is setting the standard for others to follow.. .
Langley Holdings plc
Langley Holdings plc (Langley) is a globally operating, multi-disciplined engineering and industrial manufacturing concern, principally providing capital equipment technologies to diverse markets around the world. Langley businesses are either outright market leaders or occupy strong niche positions in their respective fields, providing advanced technologies in a solutions based approach.
Established in 1975 by the current Chairman & CEO, Mr Tony Langley, the group comprises 5 divisions based in Germany, France and the UK, with a substantial presence in the United States, and more than 80 subsidiaries in the Americas, Europe, the Far East and Australasia, employing over 4,300 people worldwide. Today, Langley remains a private family owned company.
However, we take pride in being highly transparent, making our IFRS Annual and Interim Financial Reports readily available to all of our trading partners, employees and other stakeholders.. .
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