Introducing Plunkett Associates

We are a reliable, impartial and knowledgeable resource

Plunkett Associates was established 13 years ago by Tim Plunkett. He wanted to address the need for a reliable, impartial and knowledgeable resource through which British manufacturing companies could order prototype and low volume production parts.

The company is founded on the premise that our clients don’t necessarily have the time, expertise or contacts to source their own suppliers for prototype or production parts. Not only do we take the pain away by handling all aspects of production from brief to delivery, but we provide expert material, tooling and production advice.

Our founder, Tim Plunkett is widely known in the industry. Having already established two pioneering additive manufacturing companies, he launched Plunkett Associates, building on his wealth of experience and contacts across the globe.

Many of our clients are confident of their requirements, but turn to us to leverage our extensive network of prequalified suppliers.Plunkett Associates

We source the most appropriate and cost effective solutions and suppliers

They value the fact that we significantly reduce their workload by sourcing the most appropriate and cost effective solutions and suppliers,  and deal with every minute detail of production. It means they can relax, confident that their parts are in safe hands and will be delivered on time and within budget.

Those clients who are less familiar with material options and production processes rely on our experience and expertise to source the most appropriate solution. With such a vast range of production methods and suppliers at our disposal, there is no requirement too difficult to produce.

The prototype and production parts market is developing at a phenomenal pace. Keeping up-to-date with the latest production processes and supplier options is a full time job - or at least it is for us!

We can provide local low volume, fast track tooling and mouldingAdept Precision

In order to keep client requirements a priority despite constant changes within the industry, and with ongoing Brexit movements in mind, Tim Plunkett has recently set up a second company, Adept Precision, in order to tackle the low volume, fast track tooling and moulding projects that were proving more difficult to source. 

Adept is a sister company to Plunkett Associates and is represented by them in the UK. They provide Prototype and Production Tooling along with an integrated moulding capability, currently from 4 machines. In partnership with Plunkett Associates, the complete package is available to fulfill all client project requirements, with knowledge and experience of additional value added services such as design and post processing options readily on hand.Adept Precision

Find out more about Adept Precision, and the story of how they came about, see how Plunkett Associates can help you and the 'way we work', or see examples of projects we've completed.

Alternatively feel free to pick up the phone and talk to us. We are confident we can help.

  • "With their simple to understand language, willingness to go the extra mile and approachability, Plunkett Associates were a great partner for our company. We couldn’t be happier with the results of our project. (A working prototype that they got right first time, by the way). Thank you!"
    Carolina Ballon-Forrester, Director, Kittyrama Ltd
  • “Plunkett Associates are our first port of call for questions relating to prototyping new parts and seeking the most effective manufacturing approach for subsequent scaling. They have excellent breadth of experience, work with high quality partners and have a flexibility that we have found enables challenges to be met successfully, cost effectively and in a timely manner.”
    Nick Skaer, CEO, Orthox Ltd
  • Plunkett associates always find a solution. Whatever we need to prototype, they have a great grasp on the technologies available, costs and lead-times so we get the right solution tailored to the project needs. Have always delivered and never let us down.
    Naim Audio
  • "Plunkett Associates surpassed all expectations, adding real value to our project that fulfilled all our specifications. The Quicklink Midi Backpack is a sophisticated product requiring detailed design for manufacture - Plunkett’s grasped our requirements early on, and as a result, ran with us through prototyping and development. Thanks to Plunkett’s we have a superb product of outstanding quality that we are extremely happy with.”
    Andy Buttery, Quicklink Video Distribution Services
  • “I can’t recommend Tim and his team highly enough. We ended up with a design which can be produced and assembled quickly, efficiently and reliably, in volumes that make sense”
    Simon Leggett, Director, Olivewood Technology
  • "Tim's experience, expertise and supplier base have been fundamental to us getting this project off the ground."
    Sam Pearce, Jelly Products Ltd
  • “We were really surprised at how quickly they turned round such a high quality prototype and the parts certainly proved their worth. They were of high enough quality to provide a fantastic visual representation and to undergo rigorous testing."
    Stuart Wilson, Design Director, TRT Lighting
  • “Accuracy, finish and delivery all first class.”
    Andrew Peters, JMDA Ltd
  • “We use Plunkett Associates because we want someone we can trust, that knows what they’re talking about, has all the contacts, will provide reliable advice and feedback and will get the right result for us.”
    Jim Copestick. Design Manager, Thorlux Lighting
  • “We always know exactly what we’re getting and we know we won’t be let down on quality, price or lead times.”
    Mark Williams, Research and Development Director, Johnson Safety Products
  • “One of Plunkett Associates great strengths it that they listen to what you’re trying to achieve and work hard to find the best and more cost effective method of doing it.”
    Mike Ayre, Managing Director, Crucible Industrial Design
  • “Plunkett Associates have a fantastic supply chain, work with all sorts of production processes and will always do their utmost to solve a problem.”
    Naim Audio
  • “Plunkett Associates truly offer a complete turnkey solution with Speed, Effectiveness and Precision.”
    David Harden, Director, Enica Ltd
  • "Plunkett Associates was the only company willing to rise to the challenge of providing Airdri with chrome plated prototypes for the product launch of its new range of hand dryers. Chrome plating parts of this size and requiring such a quality cosmetic finish is unadvised, but Tim was confident he could get it done, and the results were phenomenal."
    Mike Ayre, Managing Director, Crucible Industrial Design
  • “Kirintec were thrilled with Plunketts. They made a complex process simple and we were just amazed at the lead times achieved. Plus, every single deadline was met without any drama.”
    Penny While, Marketing Director, Kirintec
  • “Thanks to Plunkett Associates flexible, bespoke and cost effective service I was able to produce the objects that I had originally had in mind.”
    Simon Ryder, Artist
  • To create such a consistent quality finish in chrome was an amazing achievement and the prototypes really gave our stand the wow factor.
    James Clark, Group Commercial Director, The Airdri Group
  • Interestingly, people who look at it in its own right with little knowledge of what it does, just like it! It’s tactile and it looks good…
    Tim Collings, Operations Director, Troika Systems Ltd
  • “The parts matched our specifications perfectly and Plunkett Associates management of the process meant we could be confident they would arrive on time and be fit for purpose.”
    Naim Audio
  • Plunkett Associates worked on the design and production of titanium frames for an artificial heart valve where precision and consistency was paramount. Communications were efficient and productive with concepts readily incorporated into the final design, and suggestions for improvements all highly appropriate. The final design was completed rapidly for DMLS. The quality of the end product was ideal. I have no doubt that I will use the advice and expertise of Plunkett Associates again.
    David Wheatley, Wheatley Research Ltd
  • “Thanks for the present that arrived this morning, as promised. Parts look first class, as always.”
    Jon Todd, Design Manager, PHS Group
  • “ Plunketts developed a solution that met our precision requirements at a cost significantly lower than alternative manufacturing approaches we had investigated”
    Nick Skaer, CEO, Orthox Ltd
  • “Doing business with you has been an absolute pleasure. You have made my goals a reality. You have been patient, helpful and above all, responsive. Best service that I have experienced in ages. I consider Plunkett Associates to be an integral part of my business plan moving forward.”
    Jet Cooper, Sculptor