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MJ Allen Group of Companies

The MJ Allen Group is a family owned business based in the South East of England with 2012 sales of around £28m. Group companies include expertise in patterns, casting and machining (MJ Allen), punch tooling and dies (Rydal), metrology (Verdict), sheet metal working machinery (Airworks, RMT, Gabro), architectural, restoration and conservation metalworking (Mather and Smith), after-market automotive clutch and brake (National Autoparts) and automotive transmission systems design (Countytrac). MJ Allen’s casting and machining division has a turnover of around £4m and is based in Ashford, Kent, producing low and medium quantity, high integrity sand castings in aluminium, copper alloys and iron alloys. Recent expansion of their aluminium gravity die casting facility has now given them a medium to high volume capability for smaller components. Coupled with a fully equipped CNC machine shop, with assembly, painting and finishing on site, their customers are able to place a single order for finished casting components of almost any size and volume.

Tim Allen, Managing Director says that “Businesses shouldn’t be intimidated by the thought of trading overseas. Nearby Europe can be a great place to start. Travel is easy with the market right on our doorstep. English is spoken extensively and the business culture is very similar to our own. However, make sure your quality is right. The European market is very discerning in that respect and, especially if you are a manufacturer, achieving ISO9001 certification is essential as it acts a “Quality Passport” that is recognized worldwide. Your local Chamber of Commerce is also a valuable source of information and advice and, in particular, able to provide export documentation. MJ Allen is a member of Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, and being a member, obtains a discount against the cost of export documentation.”

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