Mini Gears has been manufacturing power transmission components since 1966. We started small and thanks to our customers we are now rather large.
If you are looking for a helpful, subcontract engineering company and a friendly team to deal with then please click on the links below to find out about us, the team, employment, our Quality procedures and, if you are interested in a bit of history – how we began.
Then send us your enquiry or call us on +44 (0) 161 432 0222 to discuss your requirements.
Mini Gears is accredited to AS9100C & ISO9001:2008 and we are Tier 2 suppliers to the aerospace and automotive sectors.
Recognising the changing markets and the diversity of products that we now manufacture led us to look to obtain AS9100 rev C accreditation to compliment the ISO 9001:2008 system and with a great team effort we received our Certificate of Registration on 1st August 2016.
Quality | Accredited to AS9100C & ISO9001:2008 | Mini Gears
Why choose Mini Gears?
Mini Gears is well renowned for input into design and cost saving ideas for machining requirements and we have helped many of our customers achieve their optimum target design as well as help reduce manufacturing costs. Please take a look at our products, services and capabilities pages to see what we offer and what our customers say about us. A leading subcontract manufacturer of Precision Machined Parts, Gears and Racks
Offering you a Competitive Advantage
As every component that we manufacture for you is an integral part of your product, it is important to us that we provide you with a combined package of quality, delivery, value for money and service.
At the heart of Mini Gears is our vision and innovative approach to manufacturing our customers’ components and we are well renowned for our input into design and cost saving ideas that give you a competitive advantage.
Call us today on +44 (0) 161 432 0222 to see how we can help with your machining requirements.
The Mini Gears Team
Who we are and what we manufacture
Mini Gears is a family owned subcontract engineering company based in Stockport, near Manchester, supplying to a wide range of industries on a global basis. We have a large a 35,000 sq.ft. (3252m2) factory and over 100 machines and 80 staff dedicated to machining our customers’ components.
Traditionally a specialist gear manufacturing company we have expanded our machining capabilities to diversify into new high end markets and now, in addition to commercial gears and racks we manufacture many types of high precision machined components and high quality gears. We also have an overseas buying office for larger volume work that cannot be economically manufactured in the UK.
Awards for machining, innovation and supply chain partnerships
Continual investment in hi-tech machine tools and training, working with our customers and always looking for new ways of doing things with a friendly go-ahead approach has resulted in 17 major industry awards for machining excellence, supply chain partnerships and innovation.
We were delighted to be double winners at the 2014 MWP Awards in categories: Best Subcontractor – Machining and Best Supply Chain Partner.
Double Winners at MWP Awards
Delivery Methods, Reliability and why we visit all our customers
We consider that face to face contact is important as we get a real feel for your business and what you may need from us in the future to help you achieve your goals. This in turn helps us plan what training and investment we need to make. Our customers are based in the UK, mainland Europe, Australia and the USA so we do quite a lot of travelling!
Most of our UK customers require Kanban deliveries on larger volume contracts. To ensure our exact delivery time and timely replenishment, we have invested in a large delivery wagon and this enables us to bring back the empty trays for renewal, eliminating problems using independent transport.
Mini Gears wagon and 35,000 sq. ft. factory
How the company began in 1966
The need to change to meet current commercial markets, which makes Mini Gears what it is today, is the very reason the company exists and how it got its name.
Reg Darwent (co- founder) had served his apprenticeship in engineering and specialised in gear cutting. He was a partner in a company supplying spare parts for textile machinery that was trying to manufacture small precision gears alongside ‘rough and ready’ ones and it was just not working.
Realising that there was a growing market for small gears as other industries such as packaging equipment were now requiring much smaller gearboxes, Reg needed to move the manufacture of small gears into its own area.
Starting with 2 machines, a Myford and a Barber Colman, the separate manufacture began. It proved to be successful and grew so large that it now needed its own premises and its own name. ‘What are you going to call this company?’ Reg was asked. It was 1966; the Mini Cooper car had been launched and the new fashion was the Mini Skirt, all the gears were small and so the company was named ‘Mini Gears’.
Reg Darwent co-founder of Mini Gears
Mini Gears employs over 80 staff at our 35,000 sq.ft. manufacturing facility in Stockport
Five axis CNC Machining
Over 100 machines and continual investment to meet market demands
Mini Gears / Components Worldwide’s management understands that the company would not be where it is today without its excellent skilled workforce. We have a dedicated long serving team who continually produce quality products.
We train internally and externally to give our operators up to date technology and are investing in apprentices for the future on a year on year basis.
The engineers we have on site are:
Skilled CNC Turners
Skilled Manual Turners
Skilled CNC Millers
Skilled Manual Millers
Skilled Gear Cutters
Skilled CNC Gear Grinders
Skilled CNC Cylindrical Grinders
Skilled Cylindrical Grinders
Semi-skilled engineers covering: Broaching, Gear Cutting, Milling
CNC Turning – High precision machined components
New – January 2017: We are looking to further strengthen our workforce with experienced people within the following disciplines:
To provide machine setting and operating expertise on conventional gear cutting machines. Must have experience of both gear hobbing and shaping. Knowledge of CNC machines would also be an advantage but training will be given.
To provide gear grinding expertise on CNC gear grinding machines. Experience of Hoefler grinding and Gleason gear checking machines would also be an advantage.
If you are experienced in either of the above areas and feel you can add value to our company, we would like to hear from you.
Applications in writing: CV, covering letter and current remuneration to: Mini Gears (Stockport) Ltd, Bletchley Road, Heaton Mersey Industrial Estate, Stockport. SK4 3ED.
Or email to: [email protected] (no agencies please)