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Lincolnshire LN13 0JJ

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Our expertise in the design and manufacture of Tungsten Carbide & Industrial Ceramic components

Our extensive experience in the design and manufacturing of Tungsten Carbide & Industrial Ceramic components enables us to evaluate solutions for the most troublesome areas of your business, by thoroughly examining components and mechanisms and then specifying and manufacturing the most cost-effective ultra-hard materials solution to exactly meet your needs.

Together, we work to create lasting solutions for your needs and a lasting relationship with you, our customer.

We are an international group with our own manufacturing plant in Portugal and Associate Companies in Germany, Italy, USA, Canada, and China.

Portugal Plant

Providing a very broad range in the manufacture of Tungsten Carbide indexable metalcutting inserts and tooling, manufactured using the latest rotary presses, together with HIP furnaces, then ground to high tolerance and coated by our in-house coating facility.

Specialist in OEM design and manufacture contracts. The plant also excels in the production of Tungsten Carbide and Composite wearparts, as sintered or finished ground.

German Plant

Tungsten Carbide components for the Woodworking and Composite Industries - planner blades, profile knives and turnover knives with a performance-proven track record.

Industrial Ceramic and Synthetic Gem material components manufactured for various high tech Industries.

Italy Plant

Manufacturing of Tungsten Carbide as sintered and ground rods, rotary tools, Mining and Construction Industry tools.

USA Plant

Specialising in the manufacturing of Tungsten Carbide medium to large size near net shape preform as sintered components. Slots, angles, steps, radius, projections, holes and threads - whatever your requirements, Hardmet can design and produce it, pressed and machined by state of the art equipment.

Products include - rods and burrs, rotary tools, nozzles, valves, bearings, fluid handling components, Oil and Energy Industry components, blades and rolls.

Canadian Plant

Specialising in the manufacture of wood and metalcutting saw tips, produced in Tungsten Carbide and Stellite materials - available pre-brazed, providing constant long wearing reliable tooling. Also debarking heads for the Timber Industry.

China Plant

Specialising in the manufacture of Tungsten Carbide high volume component parts, with very quick on-time deliveries. Products are mechanically pressed by specially designed equipment and sintered in HIP furnaces.

Our principals are -
David Trickett
A senior Sales and Marketing Executive with 36 years experience with world class companies and extensive management and project experience in the Hard Materials Industry.

David Trickett of Hardmet Associates Ltd, specialist manufacturers of Tungsten Carbide & Industrial Ceramic components David is trained and qualified as an Aerospace Engineer. He is an effective planner and an articulate and confident presenter of ideas and information. He is an individual of high integrity, innovative and a lateral thinker in identifying and capitalising on new opportunities.

Management experience

David has over 30 years experience of successful bidding and management of commercial contracts for both UK and overseas industrial partnerships. He has wide experience of management in a project environment, with financial and contractual control of major projects to the value of £2.5million.

International experience

David has extensive worldwide experience - in the USA, Far East and Europe, representing Hardmet Associates at senior level. He is culturally aware, successfully negotiating overseas with customers and suppliers.


David has 50 years hands-on experience of all types of materials - metals, wood , composites, paper/card - and how they machine with optimum results.

Additionally, he has experience of using Ultra Hard Materials - such as Tungsten carbide, Industrial Ceramics and Synthetic Gem Materials - in replacement wear part applications, to greatly extend the useful life of components and assemblies.

Industries he has worked with include - petrol, chemical & gas; partical reduction; mining/stone; water and waste; materials recycling; food and drink; wood and forestry; valves and rolling/shaping of materials.

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What do our customers say?
"Wanted you to know that we received the special metalcutting inserts and they are terrific. Thanks very much for your great help."
Tony Evans, Tooling Specialist
"Have received the tungsten carbide nozzles they look great and your deliveries are excellent, well done!"
Karin Hjort
"The composite hammers you designed and manufactured for us are working well beyond our expectations. Thanks to all at Hardmet Associates Ltd."
Dave Rawnsley
"Our planer blades and saw tips produced by Hardmet Associates Ltd have got us the business at a prospect account we have been after."
Simon Woods