R.A. Howarth (Engineering) Ltd

4 - East Midlands and East Anglia


Located in 20,000 sq ft of purpose built (2007) modern industrial premises on the outskirts of Norwich, we are specialist machining and sub-assembly/assembly sub-contractor to a wide range of manufacturing industries.

With the ability and culture to supply one offs and prototype work, volume production of individual components through to full product assemblies.

We currently employs 60 people. We run 20 Vertical 3, 4 & 5 Axis Machining Centres, 2 Twin Pallet Horizontal Machining Centre, 2 Multi Pallet Horizontal Machining Centre and 22 CNC Turning Centres, including live tooling, sub spindle and sliding head machines. This capacity is supported by the usual complement of manual machining capacity.

Process efficiency and machine utilisation are the cornerstones to our ethos, which ensures we remain competitive in today's marketplace. As part of our partnership strategy we also provide a full fabrication service, sourcing certified welding and sheet metalwork through our partners to enable us to be a 'one stop shop' for our clients.

Our aim is always to develop long term working partnerships, with on-time delivery, high quality and cost reduction being the guiding principles.

With the combined use of state of the art CNC machinery and a dedicated team of highly skilled engineers we are able to offer a complete service. With continued investment in equipment and our ongoing policy of training apprentices  to be at the cutting edge of machining technology. Additionally, implementation of state of the art the Tricorn ERP system has taken place to ensure continued development of the business.


CNC Turning

We offer comprehensive and wide-ranging turning capacity including, sliding head machines for small parts in high volume, multi-axis twin-spindle, twin-turret turning centres and large chucking / shaft machines able to machine components up to ∅520mm x 1200 mm long.We are fully conversant and experienced in machining components from a wide range of materials, including Stainless, Duplex, Monel, Inconel, Nitronic as well as the more usual ferrous and non-ferrous materials and engineering plastics.

CNC Milling

With a large complement of milling plant ranging from small to large verticals, horizontal and full 5-axis machining centres, we can meet most machining challenges.Machines benefit from a range of supporting ancillary systems including, integrated 4th axis equipment, part and tool probing measurement systems and twin / multi pallet systems for extended / lights-out operation.


Valve and Manifold Manufacturing Facility

We have established a dedicated 4,500 ft2 facility for the manufacture of hydraulic and pneumatic Valves and Manifolds.This self-supporting production unit comprises two Matsuura horizontal multi-pallet machining centres and two supporting vertical machining centres together with automatic material cutting plant. The facility operates 24/7 and is aimed at the medium to high volume production of hydraulic and pneumatic Valve bodies and Manifolds in a range of materials including aluminium, carbon and stainless steels and Inconel and Duplex forgings.



In addition to our extensive machining capabilities, we have full assembly and build capabilities taking full control of the process including Bills of Materials management and the procurement of proprietary items including bearings, seals, motors & pneumatics etc.  We can supply finished product direct to your end customers if required. like


Telecoms, marine, automotive,oil and gas, cameras, food processing, aerospace  and power generation sectors.


Earl Road
Unit 28 Rackheath Industrial Estate
NR13 6NT
United Kingdom
Number of employees
10 - 30



    Mild Steel
    Other Exotics Materials Not Listed
    Hi Temp Exotic Alloys
    Tool Steel
    Stainless Steel
    Carbon steel


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