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Drop Forging

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Drop forged components from 25grm up to 75kg net weight

We are the closed die drop forging experts and one of the leading drop forged component producers in UK.

Our recent plant upgrade and expansion means we have the most modern metal drop forging facility in UK. We currently have a total of nine power and drop hammers with a power rating ranging from 350Kg to 5 Tonne.

We have the ability to forge in a wide range of ferrous and non-ferrous materials ranging from standard carbon & alloys steels, duplex, super duplex, nickel super alloys and other non-ferrous alloys.

Our drop forging process is fully supported by our other services. Component design, forging feasibility and optimisation through CAD modelling and simulation, in-house tool room for quick turnaround of dies, in-house machine shop for proof or finished machined components.

  • No minimum order quantity
  • Small & medium batch sizes a speciality
  • Metallurgical Expertise - Full time metallurgists on-site
  • Technically challenging forged components a speciality
  • Continuous investment in the business, staff, plant and processes
  • Experts in aluminium forging

Drop Forged Components

W.H.Tildesley can manufacturer a wide range of drop forged components for many demanding industries worldwide. Some examples of these components are shown below.

drop forged valve bodies   drop forged flanges   drop forged stub axles

Valve Bodies


Forged Flanges


Stub Axles

The Closed Die Drop Forging Process

In the closed die drop forging process, metal bar or billet is heated before being placed in the die then hammered until the metal completely fills the die cavity.

During this process of plastic deformation, the material’s grain structure becomes compressed and aligned to the component shape which imparts greatly increased directional strength with reduced stress concentrations in corners and fillets. Components manufactured this way are stronger than their equivalent machined-from-solid or cast parts.

the drop forging process from wh tildesley

Certifications & Approvals

quality approvals wh tildesley

W.H.Tildesley is committed to ensuring that the products and services we provide consistently meet the needs and expectations of our customers.

  • Machining


    Extensive in-house machining capability for proof or finish machined forgings Our in-house machining gives us the capability to offer proof or finished machined...

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  • Die Manufacture

    Die Manufacture

    Our forging dies and tooling is produced in-house, guaranteeing quality and improved lead times Our fully integrated CAD/CAM package links product and die ...

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  • Forging Simulation

    Forging Simulation

    Simulation software ensures we get it right first time, every time. We have a disciplined approach to forging and die design. Every job is simulated before dies...

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The Most Modern Drop Forging Facility in the UK

Drop Forging is just one of the forging processes available from W.H. Tildesley Ltd.


Drop Forged Heavy Duty Con Rods

W.H.Tildesley Ltd specialise in the manufacture of drop forged con rods, primarily for the automotive and naval sector.

This video shows production of con rods that weigh almost 65kg a piece.

Please contact us today to discuss your requirements.


Forged Super Duplex Flanges

W.H.Tildesley Ltd specialise in the manufacture of drop forged flanges, primarily for the petrochemical sector.

This video shows production of flanges in super duplex stainless steels. We are able to work in a diverse range of materials and have M-650 Norsok approval via Aker Solutions.

Please contact us today to discuss your requirements.

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