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a group of Universal Wolf colleagues

For us it's not a job.
It's who we are

Brian Palmer in the 1990s

Who we are

With roots tracing back to 1964, we are complex sheet metal fabrication specialists dedicated to running with our customers on their quest for better. Qualified to ISO 9001 and ISO 3834, Universal Wolf are specialists in welding low-medium gauge material.

Part of the Tharsus Group of award-winning, industry disrupting businesses, we’re a pack of thinkers and doers, continuously reimagining our products and practices to deliver the best for our customers. That innovation is inspired by a dedication to great work — and to each other. Because working with Universal Wolf means working with the power of the pack.

Our history

The Universal Wolf story began 60 years ago when three steel workers from Newcastle won the pools and seized the opportunity to create a business of their own. From this investment, the Tharsus Welding and Sheet Metal Co. Ltd was born. What started as a backstreet sheet metal firm evolved into the trusted metal fabrication business we are today.

In 1997, the business was bought by our CEO Brian Palmer and his business partner Owen Sawyer. With new investment, the company flourished, and the size of our pack grew. To scale and grow with our customers, Universal Wolf now occupies two larger premises in Blyth.

Our transformation continued with a factory improvement programme and our New Production Introduction (NPI) department, giving us more space to do what we do best: collaborate with our customers.

For over 40 years, we have built on our founding ethos of a passion for better, bringing our services to great customers to develop relationships built on trust.

Our name

Originating from Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, Universal Wolf stands for a spirit of collaboration, the ambition to win and the appetite to defy expectations. Because our attitude is our difference, we chose a name that reflected our unique character and our belief in the power of the pack.