The last foundry in Leeds combines history with cutting-edge technology

Hall & Botterill bring 18th century water well back into operation No one could ever accuse the inventive team here at Leeds’ last remaining foundry of standing still! Thanks to the recent discovery of a well in our Meanwood workshop, Hall & Botterill have successfully combined history and technology to reduce costs and increase productivity. […]

October 2013 – Update on the Robot, now re-named Abby!

  Alex has spent (and is spending) many hours learning about programming, with the help of Pete Cormack;   We now have 2 castings programmed in and production runs have been performed. As part of Research & Development, changes have been made, tooling has been improved/changed. Gripper fingers have been re-designed. Speeds have tentatively increased, in fact a […]

August 2013 – Ground Breaking History! Robotic Aluminium Fettling

A ground breaking first for Hall and Botterill. Our newly installed and carefully programmed robot becomes part of the manufacturing process for the first time.

June 2013 – Introducing Our Robotic Fettling Machine

After many decades of using traditional manufacturing processes, at Hall & Botterill we’ve just invested in a state of the art robotic fettling machine.  Designed to automate the finish of castings, the robotic fettling machine will mechanise what is a potentially hazardous element of the production process, therefore playing an important role in improving the […]

Another award winning year for Hall & Botterill

Designed and built in-house, the robot fettling cell is now working on around 80 different components and has revolutionised work at Hall & Botterill Ltd of Leeds (UK). Such is the innovation that the company was recognised by its peers by winning the innovation Award for 2016 and achieving Highly Commended in the Company Achievement […]

Robotic innovation

Back in 2014 we announced that we’d turned the dream of robotic fettling into a reality with the arrival of our robotic multitasking machine. At that stage the robot was about to be programmed – something which is a very time-consuming process! We thought we’d give you an update and are delighted to announce that […]

Introducing our Mini Mill innovative machining facility

We’re pleased to announce the arrival of our new Mini Mill!  The Mini Mill is an innovative machining facility which is designed to work in conjunction with our robot. This is exciting news for the team here at Hall & Botterill and for our customers as it means we can now offer machining capabilities.  The […]

Highly Commended Award for Hall & Botterill

Hall & Botterill Highly Commended award in the Innovation Category at the Cast Metals Federation annual awards We’re delighted to announce that Hall & Botterill have received a Highly Commended award in the Innovation Category at the Cast Metals Federation annual awards dinner.  The awards were held in Solihull on 15th November and nominations were open […]

Gravity Aluminium Die Casting Design

Gravity Aluminium Die Casting Design Gravity Die Design is probably the most overlooked skill that can turn a profitable job into a huge loss. It is not just creating a metal mould to slop aluminium into, it is an art form. Things to consider when designing a die:- Where do the risers need to be […]

What We Have Forgotten About Victorian Gutters and Drain Pipes

What We Have Forgotten About Victorian Gutters and Drain Pipes Traditional Victorians? Victorians were not traditional at all, they were masters of innovation and engineering limited only by the materials available to them. What they had, they adapted and used with inventive flair. They took old skills and evolved them in to new skills with […]

Acquiring & Commissioning an Industrial Robot

Hall & Botterill investigated robotic fettling in 2005, but, at that time robots were totally cost-prohibitive. In 2012, the idea was re-visited as a way of separating production capability from the number of men employed. At no point was there ever any thought of reducing staff, this was being introduced to reduce the danger associated […]


Originally Gravity Aluminium Dies were an extension of Sand Casting. This method resulted in a large amount of work because the sand molds could only be used once and were then destroyed. In an attempt to increase productivity the molds were made out of Cast Iron, held together with “G” clamps, and prised apart with […]