British Manufacturers for over 50 years

Our Service Promise

At Palatine, we are committed to an excellent level of service. The team is highly qualified and experienced, approaching each project on an individual basis, offering a consultative approach to solve your problems – delivering expert support for your bespoke projects. Attention to detail at all steps of the production process means that you can carry out system integration with confidence.

Our history

We have a long history of producing high quality Edge Welded Bellows for a range of applications. The bellows were initially pioneered and developed for bellows sealed, vacuum, process gas and liquid sodium valves. However, due to the growing demand for absolute leak tightness in the vacuum, aerospace and cryogenic industries, the versatility of the diaphragm type bellows has been developed to ensure a greater degree of movement, greater resistance to pressure, consistent rates and operating characteristics.

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Our history

Our history dates back almost 70 years. Check out our timeline to see where it all began:

Mid 1950s

March 20, 2021

Frank Broughton, an engineer, started a company to build bellows sealed valves and fabrications for Calder Hall. The ‘Palatine Tool and Engineering Company‘ was located on Brighton Road, Surbiton, Surrey and 15 year old Maurice Clare began his apprenticeship as a welder.

Early 1960s

March 20, 2021

Elliot Automation, a major player in the defence market (that later became BAE Systems), bought the company and moved the premises to Greenwich, Blackwall Lane. The company was split into two: Palatine Tooling and the Welded Components Division.


March 20, 2021

Graham Thomas joined the company as a mechanical engineer. John Elwell purchased the welded bellows side of the business, and Graham Thomas and Maurice Clare headed up this new opportunity, rebranded Palatine Precision


March 20, 2021

Palatine Precision established itself in the Medway towns in Strood, Kent. Specialising in the manufacture of metal edge welded bellows components.


March 20, 2021

With the business flourishing, the company moved to Rochester.


March 22, 2021

Acquiring the business from the Elwells, Graham Thomas and Maurice Clare became business partners. Palatine Precision became a limited company.


March 23, 2021

The company built new premises on the Airport Industrial Estate on Laker Road. Maurice Clare retired on his 65th birthday after 15 years in the business.


March 25, 2021

After 56 years in the business, Graham Thomas retired, and Palatine was bought by the Scanwel group. It is now run by Guy Thomas, Kevin Woolcomb and Gary Williams, who have all been with the company for many years.

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