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

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.

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

Our Key Plant head office also houses our esteemed research and development weld centre where we design and test specialist machines. Improving technologies to provide pioneering 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 welding automation robot
Key Plant head office in Leek, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Key Plant welding automation and position equipment
Key Plant welding automation and position equipment

Home » About Key Plant

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

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.

Everything you need, supplied by the manufacturer

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

Our Key Plant head office also houses our esteemed research and development weld centre where we design and test specialist machines. Improving technologies to provide pioneering 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 head office in Leek, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Welding Automation robot welding
Key Plant welding automation and position equipment
cnc machining and engineering for weld automation

Committed to Excellence

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.

UL C US Factory automation equipment

This 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.

Committed to Excellence

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.

UL C US Factory automation equipment

This 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.

UL C US Factory automation equipment

Committed to Excellence

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.

This 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.

Key Plant in North America

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

Key Plant welding automation and position equipment

Key Plant delivers the complete solution.

Covering a wide and diverse sector range

Key Plant supply welding automation, handling & positioning equipment, robotic welding cells and turnkey installations to the largest industries and business sectors in the world.

Pressure Vessels and Pipeline Manufacturers

Gas and Mining

General Fabrication and Structural Steel Suppliers

Transportation 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

Key Plant delivers the complete solution.

covering a wide and diverse sector range

Pressure Vessels and Pipeline Manufacturers

Gas and Mining

General Fabrication and Structural Steel Suppliers

Transportation 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

Key Plant delivers the complete solution.

covering a wide and diverse sector range

Pressure Vessels and Pipeline Manufacturers

Gas and Mining

General Fabrication and Structural Steel Suppliers

Transportation 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

Manufacturing in-house, under one roof.

The process of excellence

Key Plant design stage

1. Design stage

Steel cutting / plasma cutting of steel

2. Steel Cutting

Steel and metal fabrication

3. Fabrication

welding and robot welding Automation Equipment

4. Welding

machining, boring and milling at Key plant

5. Machining

Steel preparation

6. Steel Preparation

Painting & powder coating

7. Painting

Key Plant product assembly

8. Assembly

Electrics and software

9. Electrics

Testing phase of product

10. Testing

On-site customer commissioning for Welding Automation Equipment

11. On-Site Customer Commissioning

Another happy Key Plant customer with Welding Automation Equipment

12. Another Happy Customer

Key Plant design stage

1. Design stage

Steel cutting / plasma cutting of steel

2. Steel Cutting

Steel and metal fabrication

3. Fabrication

welding and robot welding automation equipment

4. Welding

machining, boring and milling at Key plant

5. Machining

Steel preparation

6. Steel Preparation

Painting & powder coating

7. Painting

Key Plant product assembly

8. Assembly

Electrics and software

9. Electrics

Testing phase of product

10. Testing

On-site customer commissioning for Welding Automation Equipment

11. On-Site Customer Commissioning

Another happy Key Plant customer with Welding Automation Equipment

12. Another Happy Customer

Michael Keith - Key Plant director of automation

Forward thinking experts

It’s all about surrounding yourself with the right people.

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

Key Plant a Global Leader in welding automation

A GLOBAL LEADER
EXPORTING WORLDWIDE

Key Plant welding automation equipment
INNOVATIVE WELDING
SOLUTIONS SINCE 1956
Key Plant engineers and specialists in welding automation
FORWARD THINKING
INDUSTRY EXPERTS