Company Profile

Thomas Dudley and his wife

Martin Dudley outside our Head Office

One our foundry division's new Disamatic moudling lines

Our plastics division engineers innovative bathroom poducts

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Thomas Dudley Limited was established in 1920.

Having previously helped to develop and manage foundries across the UK, Thomas Dudley decided to set up his own business, half a mile from our current Head Office. In 1934, land was acquired and the foundry relocated to its current site on the Birmingham New Road. In 1936, Thomas Dudley sailed on the Queen Mary’s maiden voyage to America and visited a number of foundries to help formulate his vision for the future of the company.

By the 1950’s, the foundry was producing a wide range of products including cast iron WC cisterns. However, following a number of harsh winters, we began factoring frost-resistant heavy duty rubber cisterns. This move paved the way for the plastics division which started to manufacture plastic injection moulded models shortly afterwards.

As the foundry expanded, we invested heavily in mechanised plant and installed seven automated moulding lines between 1966 and 1988. Between 1969 and 1971, a new building was also erected to house the plastics division and our existing office block was completed.

Our commitment to investing in technology continued and in 2010, our first Disamatic sand moulding line was installed into the foundry at a cost of £2.5 million. Our plastics division also received five new Battenfeld injection moulding machines taking the total number to 36, whilst a further £4.7 million was invested in a second Disamatic moulding line in 2012.

Today, Thomas Dudley Limited is a member of the successful Thomas Dudley Group. Still owned and managed by the Dudley family, the Group employs around 350 people and generates a turnover exceeding £30 million.

In addition to Thomas Dudley Ltd, the Group includes:

Masefield-Beta Ltd – supplies a vast range of plumbing spares and accessories.

Waterfit Ltd – manufactures high quality gunmetal and plastic water industry fittings.

McDonald Diecasting Ltd – specialises in engineering zinc diecast components.