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Decades of Experience.
Unrivalled Expertise.

Key Plant’s Engineering Journey

Since our establishment in 1956, Key Plant Automation has been at the forefront of innovation and engineering excellence. With a rich history spanning over six decades, we have proudly crafted a portfolio of groundbreaking products and tailored engineering solutions, serving clients across the globe. Our reach extends to diverse industries including shipbuilding, automotive, power generation, and defence sectors.

Boasting over 60 years of experience, Key Plant Automation has evolved and grown. We began with the sales of new and refurbished equipment, expanded into a robust rental department, and ventured into complex automated turnkey installations. Over the years, we have cultivated an unparalleled knowledge base and skill set that sets us apart in the industry.

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Our global
headquarters.

Tradition and Innovation at its Core

Nestled in the picturesque town of Leek, Staffordshire, UK, our head office and manufacturing facility sprawl across a 6-acre site, housing over 100,000 square feet of in-house factory capabilities. Acquired in 2001 from F. Bode & Son, this purchase included the complete stock of stores, jigs, fixtures, machinery, and fabrication equipment, providing us with a robust foundation.

Key Plant Automation proudly stands as the sole major UK manufacturer of weld automation and positioning equipment. We oversee every facet of production, from plate delivery to on-site installation and commissioning. This comprehensive control, combined with our talented team, empowers us to design and manufacture highly sophisticated heavy engineering machinery – all under one roof.

Innovation through
research & development.

Where Ideas Evolve into Pioneering Solutions

Our esteemed research and development weld center, located at the Key Plant head office, is the epicenter of our innovation journey. Here, we meticulously design and rigorously test specialist machines, constantly improving technologies to deliver pioneering solutions. Whether it’s addressing large capacity anti-drift rotators, cladding solutions, or deep groove, narrow gap welding, we excel in providing tailored answers to specific challenges.

UL Accreditation mark

Excellence
as a commitment.

Setting the Bar in Factory Automation

Our unwavering drive and commitment have earned Key Plant Automation the prestigious UL/CSA accreditation for Factory Automation Equipment. We proudly stand as the world’s first and only company to achieve the UL Certificate, enabling us to cater to highly specific markets. This commitment to excellence extends to investing in cutting-edge plant equipment, CNC machinery, and modernising manufacturing processes, all aimed at optimising efficiency and productivity. We also prioritise acquiring and nurturing key personnel, harnessing their knowledge and expertise for the benefit of our valued customers.

Leading the way
in North America.

Key Plant Automation LLC – USA

Key Plant Automation has emerged as North America’s fastest-growing weld automation sales, rental, and integration company. In 2020, we inaugurated a state-of-the-art 60,000 square-foot manufacturing and assembly facility in Houston, Texas. This strategic North American location enhances our ability to meet the evolving welding automation needs of our U.S. customers.

Staffed by some of America’s leading experts in the industry, our North America hub offers a comprehensive range of sales, rental, and lease options, along with customisable turnkey packages for welding automation, handling, positioning equipment, and our pipe fabrication product range. Additionally, our facility houses a demonstration showroom and training school to further empower our clients.

At Key Plant Automation, we are dedicated to pushing boundaries, setting industry standards, and providing you with the finest engineering solutions. Join us on this remarkable journey, where innovation meets excellence, and together, we build a future of limitless possibilities.

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Who We Serve

Empowering Industries Worldwide: We supply to a wide and diverse range of industries and sectors.

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In-House Capabilities

From Concept to Reality: Complete control, absolute quality. Our production journey, from start to finish.

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Leadership

Meet the Brains Behind Our Innovation! Get to know the brilliant minds driving Key Plant Automation’s success.

Excel Together

At Key Plant Automation, we are dedicated to pushing boundaries, setting industry standards, and providing you with the finest engineering solutions. Join us on this remarkable journey, where innovation meets excellence, and together, we build a future of limitless possibilities.