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JR Whitehead is a stockist and manufacturers of flanges including the distribution of valves, associated fittings and equipment

The name JR Whitehead has become synonymous with high quality flanges having evolved over the last four decades from the original company JR Whitehead (Engineers) which was established in 1965 as manufacturers of plate flanges.

JRW has manufactured special plate and forged flanges till this day, however it has now introduced stockholding to its capacity. JRW offers a variety of products which include a range of flanges in all sizes and several different materials such as stainless steel, carbon steel, cast iron/ductile iron, cast steel and brass and stainless valves.

The offices of JRW provides its customers with not only technical support on finding the right product but commercial support, welcoming the opportunities to provide support to any business.

Material grades and specifications

JRW stocks and manufactures stainless steel flanges covering material grades of 304L and 316L to ASA, ASME, ANSI, B16.5.

European material

JRW’s latest range includes Duplex F51, S31803, Super Duplex F53, F55, S32760 & 6% Moly, F44, S31254. Butt Weld Fittings are also available in ASTM A403, A815 & ASTM B366.

In addition to its range of stainless steel, JRW stocks and manufactures a full and comprehensive range of mild steel plate flanges covering EN1092-1, BS4504 and BS10. The company also offers a range of backing flanges for metric, ISO tube and nominal bore pipes which can also be plastic coated to water board standards, HDG (hot dipped galvanised) or zinc electro plated and bronze passivated.

JRW has recently invested in a comprehensive range of high-pressure forgings in ASTM A105N and ASTM A350 LF2.

Full machining capability – manufactured/modified

JRW is a professional engineering company specialising in supplying customers throughout the UK. Its service and expertise extend to servicing a wide variance of market sectors and applications. The company’s most recent addition of European sourced duplex and super duplex flanges and fittings have enable it to develop into supplying contractors and service companies aligned to the oil and gas industry sector, thus complementing its traditional supply to other industries:

  • Boiler manufacturing
  • Utility sectors – clean water, waste water
  • Chemical
  • Petrochemical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Pressure vessel manufacturing
  • Renewal energy
  • Heat exchanger manufacturing
  • Power plant
  • Rail
  • Paper pulp
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Fire protection
  • Refrigeration – food processing

Through significant continuous improvement and investment into its inhouse CNC machining centre, JRW can offer economical large volume batch production. Alternatively, the company can also offer its customers a bespoke customised, uniquely designed product manufactured by one of JRW’s highly experienced and skilled vertical and horizontal manual lathe and CNC operators.

JRW’s widely experienced sales and operation team provides a solution to its customers, in turn removing complexity and assuring products are supplied with precision and reliability at a consistent high quality.

Product range

JRW supplies products from a minimum of 15mm to larger diameter flanges up to a maximum of 1480mm. JRW’s product range includes raised face or flat faced slip-ons,

weldnecks or blind flanges which are manufacture inhouse in most materials or they can be modified from the stock which JRW holds.

JRW also carries a significant range of solid and semi-finished forgings enabling it to machine raise face weld necks up to and including wall thicknesses of XXS. The ANSI/ASME range runs from:

  • A half inch up to and including 36 inches
  • Pressure ratings 150lbs to 1,500lbs
  • The API range 1.13/16 inches – 16.3/4 inches rating 3,000 – 20,000lbs.

Free issue service

In addition to fully supplying the flanges from start to finish, JR Whitehead can machine and drill your free issue material to any specification or special requirements with a maximum outside diameter of 1,480mm.

Main Contact Details

Union Road
Britannia Way

T: 01204 398131

Tim Leigh
General Manager
01204 398131


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