Thompson Friction Welding Ltd


  • John Bartholomew, Production Manager
  • Peter Lovegrove, Director
  • Peter Lovegrove, Operations Manager
  • Number of Employees: 21 - 100
Thompson specialise in providing friction welding solutions, boasting over 40 years' experience in developing advanced manufacturing processes for a wide variety of industrial components.

With more than 500 machines supplied worldwide, Thompson is the technology partner of choice and has established an enviable track record of bringing friction welding process innovations to market.

Thompson produce a full range of manufacturing solutions:
  • Friction welding equipment with capacities from 4 - 300 tons·
  • Choice of single or double ended arrangement·
  • Variety of load and unload options
  • Internal and external flash removal
  • Weld orientation facility for complex component geometries·
  • Market-leading, in-situ TIR measurement
  • Part number stamping for traceability
  • Machines include leading-edge,Thompson-designed software control system
Sub-contract services include:
  • Friction welding in small development batches or medium/large runs
  • Fast turnaround times
  • Regular and continued customer production runs·
  • Process development advice
  • Prototype manufacture
  • In-house metallurgical laboratory
Typical applications cover:
  • Light and heavy automotive
  • Agricultural
  • Electrical and chemical
  • Mining and civil engineering·
  • General engineering

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