The Allen brothers, Tony and Glenn, started their business back in 1956 with a vision of producing performance sailing hardware driven by their passion for sailing and their love of engineering, innovation and technology. The first fittings, which they designed and made for their own race boats, were such an improvement on everything then in use, that they were persuaded to set up full production to meet the demand of the growing dinghy sailing market.
The company has grown in the past 60 plus years to become a major exporter, selling high-performance sailing hardware to around the World. R&D, design, prototyping, toolmaking and production takes place at the Allen factory in Southminster, Essex, UK, which is now run by Tony Allen’s daughter Liz Adams along with a highly skilled and dedicated Management Team.
We have invested heavily in computer-aided design and manufacturing, and were one of the early adopters of 3D printing for rapid prototyping in 2010. In 2018 and 2020, we updated our vertical machining centres and invested in new production planning software to improve output and customer service. This gives us the ability to match the high quality/low production volume demands of boat builders for both in catalogue and custom products.
Our products are now the go to choice for many of the Worlds leading boat builders, as well as, many leading industrial companies in a variety of sectors.
“We are much more than just marine hardware specialists. We are engineering experts.”