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About Key Plant Automation

Global leading welding automation experts for over 65 years.
Industries we serve

Products

RENT/HIRE

PROJECT WORK

Welding automation experts.

Key Plant is a global leader in the design and manufacture of welding automation, handling & positioning equipment, robotic welding cells and bespoke turnkey solutions.

Built to last. Made to perform.

Since our inception in 1956, Key Plant has built a catalogue of innovative and accomplished products, along with exclusive engineering solutions for customers all over the world. We cover a wide and diverse sector range; that include industries such as; the shipbuilding, automotive, power generation and defence sectors.

With over 60 years of experience; supplying, developing and revising our equipment from the sales of new and refurbished equipment, building our large Key Plant rental department, through to extensive automated turnkey installations. We have developed an acclaimed knowledge and skill base that is second to none in the industry.

We have offices and manufacturing facilities in the UK and North America, as well as distributors throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Key Plant Automation

A global leader.

Located in Leek, Staffordshire, UK – our head office and manufacturing facility boasts a 6acre+ site with 70,267sq ft of in-house factory capabilities.

Key Plant head office in Leek, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Everything you need, direct from the manufacturer.

We purchased the site in 2001 from F. Bode & Son who had ceased trading, included in the sale; was the complete stock of the stores, every jig and fixture, machines tools and fabrication equipment.

We have full control of production from plate delivery, through to site installation and commissioning. Giving Key Plant the facility, along with its standard equipment, to design and manufacture highly sophisticated heavy engineering machinery – all in house, under one roof.

Key Plant research and development weld centre

Innovation

Research & development weld centre.

Our Key Plant head office also houses our esteemed research and development weld centre where we design and test specialist machines.

Innovation

Research & development weld centre.

Our Key Plant head office also houses our esteemed research and development weld centre where we design and test specialist machines.

Key Plant research and development weld centre

Improving technologies to provide pioneering solutions.

We provide solutions for specific problems, such as; large capacity anti-drift rotators, cladding solutions and deep groove, narrow gap welding.

The R&D centre also extends the possibility for customers, to perform test and weld trials on equipment prior to installation at their facility/location. Operators can also be involved with trials and trained in the use of the equipment.

Key Plant USA

North America welding automation.

With our fast-growing USA customer portfolio – In 2020, Key Plant opened a 60,000sq ft manufacturing and assembly facility in Houston, Texas.

Key Plant Houston facility in North America
Column and boom welding manipulators

Our North America location, optimises our ability to fulfil the needs of our US customers and their welding automation requirements, even easier.

Fully equipped and staffed by some of America’s leading experts in the industry – Our North America hub provides sales, rental and lease, as well as customisable turnkey packages; of our welding automation, handling and positioning equipment.

A demo showroom and training school is also located at the facility.

Key Plant USA demo area and weld training school

Committed to excellence.

Our drive, passion and commitment has awarded Key Plant the UL/CSA accreditation for Factory Automation Equipment. We are the first and only company in the world to have achieved the UL Certificate, allowing us to deliver to highly specific markets.

Leading industry experts.

 Key Plant continually invests in new plant equipment, the latest CNC machinery and the modernising of its manufacturing process, to optimise our efficiency and productivity. Other focuses are made in acquiring key personnel; developing their knowledge, expertise, and utilising this asset to its full potential for the benefit of our customers.

Further investments in the latest design and HMI technologies, have improved the capabilities of Key Plant, to design challenging complex machinery to meet the rigorous demands of our expanding customer base.

Who we serve.

Key Plant supply welding automation, handling & positioning equipment, robotic welding cells and turnkey installations to a wide and diverse range of industries and sectors.

PRESSURE VESSELS AND PIPELINE MANUFACTURERS

GAS AND MINING

GENERAL FABRICATION AND STRUCTURAL STEEL SUPPLIERS

TRANSPORTATON

INCLUDING EARTH MOVERS AND AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY

SHIPBUILDING

OFFSHORE, OIL AND CLADDING INSTALLATIONS

AUTOMOTIVE

POWER GENERATION

INCLUDING WIND, NUCLEAR, WATER AND COAL ENERGY

AEROSPACE

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

THEME PARKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

DEFENCE AND AID

PRESSURE VESSELS AND PIPELINE MANUFACTURERS

GAS AND MINING

GENERAL FABRICATION AND STRUCTURAL STEEL SUPPLIERS

TRANSPORTATON

INCLUDING EARTH MOVERS AND AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY

SHIPBUILDING

OFFSHORE, OIL AND CLADDING INSTALLATIONS

AUTOMOTIVE

POWER GENERATION

INCLUDING WIND, NUCLEAR, WATER AND COAL ENERGY

AEROSPACE

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

THEME PARKS AND ENTERTAINMENT

DEFENCE AND AID

Process of excellence.

All manufacturing in house, under one roof.

Durable, strong, efficient and safe. We look beyond the finish line, making sure that all our equipment is designed and manufactured to the highest quality.

We design special purpose machines

1. Design stage

Key Plant design stage

2. Steel Cutting

Key Plant design stage

3. Fabrication

Key Plant design stage

4. Welding

Key Plant design stage

5. Machining

Key Plant design stage

6. Steel Preparation

Key Plant design stage

7. Painting

Key Plant design stage

8. Assembly

Key Plant design stage

9. Electrics

Special purpose machines testing

10. Testing

on-site customer commissioning of special purpose machines

11. On-Site Customer Commissioning

Special purpose machines and project work success

12. Another Happy Customer

We design special purpose machines

1. Design stage

Key Plant design stage

2. Steel Cutting

Key Plant design stage

3. Fabrication

Key Plant design stage

4. Welding

Key Plant design stage

5. Machining

Key Plant design stage

6. Steel Preparation

Key Plant design stage

7. Painting

Key Plant design stage

8. Assembly

Key Plant design stage

9. Electrics

Key Plant design stage

10. Testing

special purpose machines customer commissioning

11. On-Site Customer Commissioning

Special purpose machines and project work success

12. Another Happy Customer

Leadership

Forward thinking experts.

Key Plant draws on unrivalled industry knowledge and expertise, to help our customers compete at the highest level.

short and long term weld automation and positioner equipment entals