Sharing our expertise, Improving your processes

Enhancing your equipment, expanding your capabilities

Partnering with your business, helping you to innovate

Servicing your machines, reducing your downtime

Applying our knowledge, increasing your efficiency

Supplying specialist parts, keeping your presses running

Design and Manufacture

Crabtree of Gateshead Ltd. also offer comprehensive engineering design, machining and quality solutions.

Design & Development

  • Mechanical, electrical and software engineering
  • Electrical control panel design and manufacture


  • CNC turning
  • CNC milling
  • Cylindrical and surface grinding
  • Wire erosion
  • Conventional machining
  • Material treatment
    • blackodising
    • shot blasting (various medium)
    • polishing
    • painting (oven and lacquering)
  • Honing and oil grooving
  • Extensive tool and cutter grinding
  • Complete machine manufacture and assembly
  • Sub-assembly
  • Packing and shipping

Quality & Inspection

  • Extensive inspection (CMM reporting)

Mechanical and electrical design via a network of SolidWorks and Promis-e seats, brought to manufacture by our internal production engineering team utilising the latest in EdgeCam systems, directly linked to our Evolution production planner, thereafter to our comprehensive CNC machine tools through Seiki Systems HMI touch screen consoles.

Software design with experience and capability on traditional basic PLC systems such as Siemens (S7 and S5) and Mitsubishi. To the latest CoDeSys programming methods utilising structured coding to optimise processing times (Lenze and B+R) utilising hard, real time communication networks such as EtherCAT and Ethernet PowerLink.

Functional safety design and validation via registered functional safety engineers.

Electrical control panel design and manufacture from small operating consoles to multi-bay panels, our electrical design department has experience of panel design utilising the latest control systems equipment including rack based servo systems, remote I/O systems as well as traditional induction motor starters. Panel manufacture is within our dedicated assembly area ensuring a clean environment with testing to your requirements from point to point to full functional tests.

Mechanical and electrical manufacture utilising our OEM product assembly teams. The fact that Crabtree of Gateshead Limited operates a successful OEM product range allows us to tap into a vastly experienced and skilled electrical and mechanical engineering workforce, developed over the last 50 years.

CNC turning and milling coupled with our extensive, state of the art machine tool capacity we have some 70,000+ components in our OEM product portfolio, and with various R&D prototyping initiatives, we are more than capable of offering a machined -turned/milled component solution from small to large, simple to complex, reactive to planned. Our 35 strong, apprenticeship developed direct machine operators (programming engineers) are at your disposal, operating efficiently with the support of our offline production and design engineering functions, as well as our extensive quality and inspection teams. Processes developed over our many years of producing our very own world renowned OEM products are coupled with a broad investment plan implemented regularly for many years.


Precision grinding and wire erosion - component, tool and cutter, via a highly developed engineering resource with a comprehensive machine tool capacity to-hand with regards to size and capability, repeatedly working to a high tolerance to suffice our internal and external demands.

Material treatments, from our blackodising plant, to our oven and paint booths we have the facility to polish and treat components to the highest of standards, be it aesthetically or practically, as per our own commercial product range.


Quality and inspection operating to ISO 9001:2008 in a purpose-built inspection cell, with standards room, a substantial inventory of traditional measuring equipment including a portable hexagon roamer arm, and high specification Mitutoyo CMM, with offline software linkup to our SolidWorks system for model and program creation. Our inspection team coordinate their activities from this hub, inspecting work as it flows in from our various machine cell inspection areas ensuring our quality tracking. Assembly inspection is also a feature, a function that we operate alongside our precision OEM press product.

Crabtree is committed to establishing, understanding and meeting the requirements and expectations of our customers. We have a long established proud heritage of supplying high quality machinery, parts and service to our world wide customer base.

The holistic quality systems in place are fully compliant with the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 quality standard which we hold. The approach to quality is built on the following principles:

  • Meeting the requirements and expectations of our customers is our number one priority
  • Producing quality products is the responsibility of all employees
  • Continuous learning and improvement are considered essential to enhance our offer to our customers
  • Any quality/performance issues identified are immediately subject to review and appropriate corrective action
  • A focus on "Think Safe - Think Quality" in everything we do

All employees of the company work to these principles in seeking to ensure that customer satisfaction is achieved at all times.