Thame Engineering has been trading, in one guise or another, for 75 years; in all those years there have been ups and downs – recovery after the war years, several recessions, a period of 3-day working weeks, a management buy-out, a millennium bug scare and last, but not least, a global pandemic! We’re made of tough stuff, so here we are reviewing the year of COVID. In late 2019 and very early 2020, coronavirus was something weird happening in China, but by the spring of 2020 we had to adapt to a different way of life and learn a whole new lexicon: lockdown, furlough, social distancing, social bubble, rule of six, COVIDIOT…… click here to read the whole review


Thame Workholding is the trading name for Thame Engineering Company Limited, a company formed by a management buy-out in 1987; however, the Company can trace its roots back to 1946 when Thame Engineering Company (Oxon) Limited was founded in Thame, Oxfordshire, with its core business of toolmaking and sub-contracting. A range of soft jaws was introduced after the Company was incorporated in the 1950s and this has developed and grown into one of the most comprehensive ranges of all types of chuck jaws in the world.

At the time of the management buy-out the Company relocated to its current site in Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire where the well-equipped 12,000 square feet facility houses 3, 4 and 5 axis machine tools with multi-pallet and automated loading for unmanned machining. This modern facility is supported by CMM inspection, 3D CAD and CAM modelling and other workshop equipment.

Under the guidance of its directors and dedicated team, Thame has developed into a leading international provider of workholding solutions for all types of machining in both standard and special applications with a high proportion of products being designed and manufactured in-house. In addition, a range of high quality, innovative products from companies including HWR Spanntechnik,  Horst Witte, Samchully and Rotor Tool are supplied on an exclusive UK agency basis.

Thame Workholding is accredited to Quality Standard ISO 9001:2015 with the scope of design, manufacture, assembly, supply and maintenance of workholding equipment.

As a workholding solution provider, Thame Workholding has the resources to offer either standard products from stock or bespoke design and manufacturing services to create the optimum solution to solve most workholding needs.