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:-
SHL Technology Days - The Perfect Surface 20 August 2018 Our world class partner for Robotic Grinding and Polishing systems, SHL AG is holding its latest Technology Days 20th and 21st September 2018 >> Read more...
Lea Compound - Producing a Timeless Finish 21 June 2018 Developed nearly a century ago Lea Compound has stood the test of time and remains the most cost effective way to produce a variety of precise lined finishes on contoured items. >> Read more...
News Flash! Or should that be DeFlash? 07 June 2018 Introducing Deflash – If removing machining burrs and flash lines are an essential part of your manufacturing process and cost is an issue (nothing new there then), read on. >> Read more...