We are at the cutting edge of surface engineering technology supplying most sectors of industry. We pride ourselves on supplying creative solutions to your surface engineering problems. Kevin Thurlow
Managing Director
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Company History

As one of the few major surface treatment companies not owned by a multi-national corporation, Lea Manufacturing is proud to be a British company, owned and operated by our managers, manufacturing in Great Britain. 

Established in the UK in 1955 by Frank Anderson, the company was initially a joint venture with American partners for the manufacture and supply of polishing compounds and associated products for metal finishing. By 1973, the company was UK market leader and has continued to set the pace in surface treatment ever since.

In 1985 the management team purchased the company from the American parent, forming APH Industries Limited - operating in the UK under the name of The Lea Manufacturing Company.

2000 saw the retirement of two of the original buy-out team and a new company, Professional Finishing Ltd., was formed to control the expanded Lea Manufacturing Group.

The group has continued to grow both its product range and its geographical markets, now selling into Europe, the Far East, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia. Sales are achieved through a technically-skilled sales team, supporting our nationwide and international network of customers, whether they be major manufacturers, sub-contract finishers or distributors.

In addtion to technical know-how 'on the ground', we have a head office-based team of specialist technicians for up to the minute advice and solutions related to all our product areas.

It is these resources, together with our independence of operation, which give us the flexibility and agility to quickly and accurately meet the evolving needs of the the markets we serve and to provide the best solutions to every surface finishing need.

Since the very early days, knowledge and and understanding have been the cornerstones of our operation - manifested in products that really do perform, supplied by people who understand your specific surface finishing needs and will always strive to deliver the optimum solution.

Today, with a headquarters, manufacturing plant and R&D facilities in Buxton, Derbyshire and a further manufacturing facility in Bilston, Lea Manufacturing products are delivering a perfect finish worldwide.

Latest News:-
Back online! 08 September 2017 Apologies to anyone trying to access our website over the last few days (and thanks to those who contacted us saying you couldn't. Didn't know we had so many people who used it for stuff!). It had to go down during some maintenance work but is back up and running now. >> Read more...
MEDIMAX 12 May 2016 Originally developed to meet the strict guidelines and EU directives on bovine contamination on products produced for medical and surgical applications, animal tissue free processes have also become a necessity in fabrications for pharmaceutical, food processing and related industries. >> Read more...
60th Anniversary! 04 December 2015 Lea Manufacturing Co is 60 years old. Proud of its heritage and proud to be part of UK manufacturing. >> Read more...