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Reliance Hexham specialise in the manufacture, overhaul and repair of equipment and machinery for use in the mining, aluminium and steel processing industries. We manufacture, repair and certify lifting equipment, chains, shackles, attachments, fork tines, QDS, couplings and drawbars among many other products.

We offer a wide range of services including but not limited to forging, blacksmithing, heat treatment, profile cutting, proof load testing, destructive testing, non-destructive testing, fabrication, design and N.A.T.A certification (National Association of Testing Authorities).



The Reliance Hexham site was originally the J&A Brown workshops established in the early 1890’s then, in later years, became Hexham Engineering. This long history of knowledge and experience has been inherited and integrated into the modern and progressive company we are today.

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Reliance Hexham can manufacture a range of safety and lifting chains in many different sizes to suit your needs.

Design, manufacture and testing for Vertical Shafts and Slope Haulage systems including Dolly Cars, Man Cars and Flat Tops.

Industries employ elevated work platforms in the course of their daily operations.

Forging is a manufacturing process where heat and mechanical energy are applied to steel billets to create metal products.

Forklifts are versatile, all-rounder machines that can be used for multiple purposes.

Guide ropes are an excellent alternative to their fixed counterparts thanks to their ease of installation and reduced cost.

In underground mining, head ropes are the most critical type of lines for shaft sinking projects

Within lifting operations, a lifting beam is a mechanical device that can be connected to a crane, hoist, or other lifting machine.

In the world of underground mining, load-haul-dump machines, are utility vehicles engineered for heavy-duty operation such as underground loading and hauling.

Balance ropes serve the purpose of helping balance the hoist rope weight.

Smelter lifting machinery finds its natural application within the demanding metal production industry: iron, aluminium, copper, steel, lead and other types of mills require quality, durable equipment.

Lifting operations involve the raising, moving and lowering of a load.

Reliance Hexham designs, manufactures and tests shaft conveyances.

Sheaves are instrumental to keeping safety high and costs low

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What types of industries does Reliance Hexham work with?

Reliance Hexham has many years of experience working with a diverse range of industry sectors, including mining, steel and aluminium processing, construction and Marine lifting.

What is the process for design and engineering?

Our Design & Engineering Process always stems from an unmet customer need. Once the customer requirements and restraints (Design Inputs) are clear, we proceed to develop a Concept, which takes the shape of a preliminary, 2D or 3D simulation. Through a process of feedback loops and in-depth modelling, we build a more Detailed Design that finally goes through Review & Verification before being handed over to the customer for approval before the build phase. Our Design and Engineering projects last anywhere between one week to several months.

Is all testing done on site?

Testing is conducted at Reliance Hexham’s premises, as well as on site in some cases, and our experienced and certified personnel use advanced testing and precision equipment to ensure the maximum reliability of our results.

Are there warranties for repairs?

All Welding Repairs completed by Reliance Hexham are thoroughly inspected by way of non-destructive testing methods such as magnetic particle or liquid dye penetrant testing.

What accreditations does Reliance Hexham have?

Reliance Hexham is NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accredited organisation. All testing carried out by Reliance Hexham to our accreditation is certified & traceable as per the NATA ruling & our quality assurance accreditation.

Is a NATA accreditation required for testing?

NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) is the authority which provides assessment and accreditation for technical testing facilities. Industries such as mining especially need to meet NATA quality assurance for machine and product testing, which can only be completed by a NATA accredited facility.

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