Thompson is a long-established supplier of integrated and stand alone friction welding manufacturing solutions. Its rotary and linear friction welding machines are used to join parts for the aerospace, automotive, mining and mineral exploration industries. 

With more than fifty years' experience in the industry and over 800 machines supplied worldwide, Thompson offers unrivalled expertise in friction welding technology and its applications. Friction welding is a versatile and cost-effective process, suitable not only for joining steel to steel, but also dissimilar materials such as stainless steel to carbon steel and copper to aluminium. It achieves 100 per cent metal-to-metal joints, giving parent metal properties.

Part of KUKA Systems UK, Thompson also has dedicated offices in China and the USA as well as a global network of agents. It operates a large sub-contract friction welding facility at Halesowen.