Industrial Friction Materials Ltd

Unit 7 East Moors Business Park
East Moor Road
Ocean Park
South Glamorgan
CF24 5JX
United Kingdom

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With an enviable worldwide reputation for quality and service, Industrial Friction Materials has been supplying specialist industrial friction materials to industry for over 40 years. We specialise in Brakes and Clutches for all different types of industries, manufacturing Brake Shoes, Discs, Pads and Drums, and distributing Brake linings, sheets, rolls, Brake & Clutch Units, friction discs, gearcut discs, conveyor belting, roller/leaf chains, pneumatic & hydraulic calliper breaks, PTFE bearing and brushes. From small motorcycle shoes to large crane brakes, we offer the complete friction relining service which is supported by our entirely in-house bonding and riveting facilities.

Our Universal Parts Finder service allows us to supply brand new and original equipment parts for ship to shore gantry cranes, straddle carriers, R.T.Gs, terminal trailers, reach stackers, excavators, crawler cranes, overhead cranes and mobile cranes. We have supplied container terminals, ports, on and off shore marine operations, as well as the oil, gas and construction industries. The Universal Parts Finder team is made up of experts with over 25 years combined experience of supplying parts from all corners of the globe. Our products are always of the highest quality and are very cost effective compared to other suppliers.

Industrial Friction Materials also offers an Engineering Plant Service which uses state of the art CAD drawing and CNC machining facilities to provide precision engineering. An expert, fully-qualified crew and experienced fabricators and welders can deal with all process MIG, MMA, MAG, TIG and oxyacetylene welding.

Our other developments include trailers, fuel and water Bowsers, special body's for pickups and industrial vehicles, security safety equipment, gates and railings (which can be ordered to your specifications if required), and we even make spiral, helix and fire-escape staircases. What's more, we also undertake on-site welding repairs for heavy plant in Wales and the West of England.

With such a comprehensive service, it's no wonder why we have worked on projects around the world. Some of our recent assignments include exporting electric generator brake blocks to India and Pakistan. We have even been called upon to replicate in Saudi Arabia the operation we provide in South Wales. Industrial Friction Materials is proud to name some of the world’s most recognisable organisations as its clients, including Corus UK, National Power and Railtrack.

Our fully equipped, modern workshops and expertly trained staff are on hand to meet your demands speedily, effectively, and cost efficiently, whether it's a run of the mill simple task or a complex project. So if it's a small clutch for a dairy making appliance, or a large earthmoving crane, our expertise, quality and excellent service is extended to all projects. This is why customers keep recommending us.

Transmission Parts - Visit our website

Industrial Friction Materials are able to manufacture a range of transmission discs and steel mating plates using wet friction materials such as carbon, ceramic, iron, graphite, sintered bronze, steel and molybdenum. This range covers a variety of heavy duty transmission, clutch and brake applications. If you would like to discuss your requirements with our experts, please do not hesitate to get in touch via phone or email.

Relining Services - Visit our website

We’re one of the most experienced brake and clutch relining specialists in the UK. In fact, Industrial Friction Materials have been providing this invaluable service for customers up and down the country for over 35 years. Our dedicated technicians are able to reline brake shoes, clutches, brake bands and pads. Get in touch to find out more.

Brake Bands - Visit our website

We can reline all kinds of brake bands from small, one-off 3 inch long boat bands to multiple 400 inch crane and ship bands. Our relining and refurbishment service also includes the removal of old worn-out linings, cleaning, surface preparation, and the thorough inspection of finished bands after they have been fully installed. Industrial Friction Materials are also able to manufacture brake bands from the CAD drawings or samples supplied by customers. Please get in touch to discuss your individual needs.

Paddle Clutches - Visit our website

We’re able to reline the full range of paddle clutches, including the 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 paddle models. Paddle clutches are used in highly stressed applications such as motor racing and in agricultural machinery. We reline paddle clutches with top quality ceramic clutch buttons that exceed all OEM clutch plate specifications. Industrial Friction Materials hold a vast stock of clutch buttons and stainless steel rivets in a variety of sizes: this availability helps to keep your downtime to an absolute minimum. In fact, we can usually get the job done in under 90 minutes, and our next day delivery service means you’ll get your relined clutches back sooner. Alternatively, customers may bring the clutch in themselves and wait while we complete the relining process. This way you can be back up and running the very same day!

Cone Clutches - Visit our website

Although they were once often found in automobiles and other combustion engine transmissions, cone clutches are now only generally found in low peripheral speed applications. They serve the same purpose as a disk or plate clutch, but instead of mating two spinning disks, the cone clutch uses two conical surfaces to transmit torque by friction. The unique wedging action and increased surface area provided by this shape enables it to transfer a higher torque than disk or plate clutches. Cone clutches are suitable for specialist transmissions in racing, rallying, power boats, or any application where fast gear changes are required.  Smaller varieties of clone clutches are also used in synchronizer mechanisms in manual transmissions.

Brake Pads - Visit our website

If we cannot reline an existing plate or shoe, we’ll manufacture an entirely new one from a pattern, using accurately matched components which meet or exceed the original specification.

Clutch Linings - Visit our website

Forming the perimeter of the clutch is the lining, with a similar surface material to that of brake pads. One ring makes frictional connection with the pressure plate, while the other faces the flywheel.

Brake Linings - Visit our website

Fed up with squealing brakes? Not only is it annoying, but worn-out lining can cause costly damage. Highly heat resistant, these linings are manufactured using soft but very tough materials.

Friction Discs - Visit our website

We offer a large range of friction discs for different appliances in a great variety of sizes and geometric characteristics.

Friction Materials - Visit our website

We use and supply a wide range of friction materials to reline your wearing brakes and clutches.

Engineering - Visit our website

Drawing upon experience and expertise gained over the three decades working within the industry, we’re able to offer first class engineering services for clients who require prototype and small batch production of precision machined components. Our state-of-the-art engineering facilities allow us to undertake milling, turning, CNC engineering, surface grinding, wire erosion and spark erosion procedures. All parts are 100% inspected, and we’ll provide original certificates for all of our materials, which include carbon steels, stainless steels, copper, brass, titanium, aluminum and tool steel. A variety of finishes are available.

  • CNC Milling - with a tool magazine capacity of 24 
  • CNC Turning - to produce complex shapes including hexagonal, flats, PCDs and keyways 
  • Surface Grinding 
  • Routing 
  • Wire Erosion - with particular specialism in processing rare-earth, solid carbide and polycrystalline diamond materials.

Casting Services - Visit our website

Industrial Friction Materials Ltd are able offer castings in a range of materials, including iron, steel, and aluminum and copper based alloys. From 1 gram to over 1 ton, we can provide high quality castings that meet your application requirements. We offer:

  • Precision Sand Castings – suitable for all types of alloys. Ideal for prototyping of die casts or investment casts. 
  • Investment Castings – in almost all alloys to extremely high accuracies, eliminating or reducing the need for machining. Full traceability. Certification available. 
  • Die Casting – either Gravity or Pressure. Suitable for high accuracy and high volume requirements. 
  • Centrifugal & Shell Mouldings – available in most alloys for specialist requirements.  

Parts - Visit our website

When you’re in need of spare parts, talk to Industrial Friction Materials. We offer a Universal Parts Finder Service through which we supply brand new and original equipment for RTGs, ship to shore gantry cranes, terminal trailers, reach stackers, excavators, overhead cranes, mobile cranes and crawler cranes. With over 25 years of experience in the supply of spares to destinations all over the world, we’re well prepared to provide all that you need wherever you need it, whether on or offshore. Brands we regularly handle include Kalmar, Scania, Cummins, CAT, P&H and TEREX.

Press Blocks - Visit our website

Industrial Friction Materials are able to supply manufactured press brake blocks of any size or shape for all kinds of presses. All parts are machined from top quality moulded friction sheets with the appropriate coefficient of friction according to the application. You can find examples of our most commonly used shapes and sizes on our website. If you cannot find the size you’re looking for, please get in touch directly.

Customised Friction Products - Visit our website

Years of experience in the design, manufacture and supply of friction materials enables us produce customised parts in exact accordance with customer specifications. We use injection moulding processes to make friction materials in a wide variety of shapes and designs. All of our finished products deliver greater strength and durability, outperforming all of the competition. In fact, you won’t find tighter tolerances anywhere in the industry. So if you’re looking for bespoke friction materials, look no further Industrial Friction Materials Ltd.

Welding And Fabrication - Visit our website

At Industrial Friction Materials Ltd, we offer a full range of welding services to complement our engineering, machining and casting services. This includes MIG, TIG, MMA and Gas Welding processes, all of which are undertaken by expert personnel using the very latest equipment and production techniques. Whatever your welding and fabrication requirements, we can handle it. For more information on any of our products or services, please get in touch with the team on 02920 499111



Registration Number: 01197141
VAT Number: GB282 4218 63
Registered at Companies House:21 January, 1975 (49 years and 2 months ago)
No of Employees: 11-20
Annual Turnover: n/a
Company Type:
  • Manufacturer
  • Distributor
  • Fabricator
  • Stockholder
  • Service Providers
UK Branches: Cardiff

Opening Times

Monday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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Brand & Trade Names

  • Alanco
  • American Hoist
  • Antec
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  • Don
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  • Fanuc
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  • General Electric
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  • Hurst
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  • Jupiter Brakes
  • Keb
  • Lenze
  • Lima
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  • Otis
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  • Rockford
  • Roland
  • Sime
  • Sprimag
  • SquareD
  • Stearns
  • Stromag
  • Svendborg
  • Taylor
  • Tidland
  • Twiflex
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