SHEET METAL FABRICATION AND PRECISION MACHINING

Specialising in Sheet Metal Fabrication, Precision Machining and Project Management, Universal Fabrications are a Coventry based company serving the UK & Europe.

Sheet Metal Fabrication Experts Since 1978

Universal Fabrications is a leading provider of subcontracted Fabricated and Machined parts to UK Product Makers.

Spanning across an expansive 40,000 sq. ft of manufacturing space, we’re not just a supplier; we’re a manufacturing ally, dedicated to addressing the unique challenges faced by assembly plants and their purchasing teams. 

From cutting and punching to bending and forming, from MIG/TIG welding to robot welding, we offer a full range of manufacturing operations to meet your technical specifications including painting and metal coating options. In addition to making your parts we can also package to kitting lists and assemble.

Our hallmark is to provide cost-effective solutions without sacrificing quality. We do this through leveraging the design knowledge of our people whilst utilising the very latest technology including robot automation.

All in all, this makes us easy to do business with and a front runner in supporting our customers engineering challenges.

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Our Fabrication and Machining Services

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Punch/Laser Cutting

Our West Midlands facility houses Amada CNC Fibre Lasers and Combination Punch Machines handling sheet sizes up to 4m x 2m and up to 25mm thick across materials. We support stand-alone high-volume cutting or integrated fabrication needs; simply provide CAD files, specifications, quantities and timelines for competitive quotes.

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Bending/Forming

Our expertise in precision forming utilises a fleet of 5 CNC brake presses, capable of bending materials from thin aluminum to hardened steel in lengths up to 4m. This allows us to consistently produce tight-tolerance bent parts, panels, enclosures, and assemblies for both high-volume production runs and custom fabrication projects.

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Welding

Utilising 13 welding bays and robotic cells, our metal welding expertise spans MIG, TIG, Laser, Spot and Projection techniques. We can deliver flawless welds on projects up to 10m x 6m x 4m and 10 tonnes in weight.  Whether it’s prototyping, small batch runs or large complex fabrications with machined elements, we have it covered.

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Precision Machining

Our Machine Shop manufactures precision prototypes, small batches, and OEM production parts across materials to aerospace standards. Supported by quality documentation, we serve as a trusted production partner for integrated fabrication or standalone machining projects. Our capabilities include:

  • 3 Axis Milling
  • 4 Axis Milling
  • 5 Axis Milling
  • Turn / Mill Lathes
  • Sliding Head Lathe
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Project Management

As an experienced trusted partner delivering successful fabrication and machining projects, our suitably qualified teams with technical expertise, lean processes and proactive design enhancements ensure on-time completion. Our comprehensive services include:

  • Design
  • Prototype
  • Assembly
  • Paint
  • Inspection
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Industries we work with:

Since 1978 our mission has been clear: to set new industry standards for precision and excellence in sheet metal fabrication and machined parts.

With 45 years of experience within the aerospace, defence, automotive and commercial vehicle sectors, we are a fully integrated organisation using the latest in 3D CAD/CAM manufacturing technology.

Aerospace

For over 20 years, Universal has built a reputation for manufacturing parts for the aerospace industry. Our specialised capabilities in 5-axis machining, inspection and advanced CAD/CAM technologies ensure parts meet rigorous quality standards.

aeroplane engine for sheet metal fabrication company

Defence

For over 15 years Universal Fabrications has been manufacturing armoured parts for the UK Defence industry across a range of vehicles such as Mastiff, Ridgback, Wolfhound and Boxer. For these vehicles, we utilise our machining and fabrication services to support both the refurbishment and production of new vehicles. This includes full vehicle chassis and armoured kits.

military defence truck and fabrication parts

Automotive

For over 40 years, Universal has delivered precision automotive parts, assemblies and plant equipment leveraging our technical expertise and design for manufacturing capabilities. Our extensive experience supports leading automotive brands from prototyping to scaled production across fabrication and machining solutions.

robot arm in sheet metal work factory for the automotive industry

Rail & Tunnelling

Our engineers can respond to any brief within the rail industry, partnering with companies such as London Underground, working internationally in countries including the UK, Denmark, Hong Kong and Singapore. With years of experience and heavy investment in sheet metal manufacturing equipment, we raise standards, reduce costs and deliver solutions.

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Specialist Vehicles

Universal is a proven manufacturer of sheet metal fabrications and machined parts for specialist vehicles. Our team has extensive experience handling full vehicle conversions for emergency, special purpose, and military applications. These conversions include ambulances, riot vehicle protection, and armored Toyota Land Cruisers. We also fabricate cages for police vehicles.

armoured toyato Land Cruiser with parts by sheet metal fabrication company

Construction

For over 40 years, Universal has been significantly supporting the Construction industry with fabricated parts and assemblies. Our work encompasses fabricated vehicle chassis for plant equipment, including mobile access towers, trailers, and ramps. We have also supported large structural projects involving bridges, towers, and platforms for industrial, commercial,and military applications.

access boom supplied by construction sheet metal fabricators

Energy

Universal Fabrications provides fabrications and machined parts for a wide range of sustainable power generation solutions, including diesel, electric, biofuel, hydrogen, and even pedal-based systems. Our expertise in design for manufacturing and state-of-the-art facilities, capable of handling heavy fabrications up to 10 tonnes, allows us to offer a comprehensive service – from project initiation to scaled production.

hydrogen power cell enclosure manufactured by energy fabrication company