About Us

Delivering high quality service and tooling solutions

Established by Carl Canty in 1969, our expertise is relied upon by many SMEs and big-name global organisations, with parts manufactured by our tools used by the likes of Rolls Royce, Land Rover, Siemens, Aston Martin, Ideal Boilers and Swift Caravans.

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Our fine-tuned tool-making credentials

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50+ Years Experience

Gain the benefits of using a toolmaker with over five decades of experience in press tool manufacture.

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In-House Skills

We are able to manufacture bespoke items, jigs, machinery and equipment up to 10 tonnes in weight.

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Serving all industries

From aerospace and automotive to construction, medical, food, pharmaceuticals and white goods

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On-site ‘try-out’ facilities

Our try-out facilities enable us to handle and manufacture projects from the most intricate to simple and largest to smallest.

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How we can help

  • Great British design and engineering expertise
  • Experience in all sectors
  • We take product concepts and prototypes to manufacture
  • New and innovative press tool design solutions
  • Advanced 3D modelling and formability analysis
  • Efficient CNC manufacture for high-quality parts
  • Inspection and testing to meet customer specification

More than five decades of tooling knowledge and experience

Late in 1969 Carl Canty founded Paragon Toolmaking Company Limited, (now more commonly referred to as Paragon Toolmaking), with the help of his father Norman Canty, who was also well known locally as the founder of Hull Gauge & Tool Company Limited.

The company had only 3 employees and started off with a bank loan. Carl rented first floor premises off Vane Street, Hull at £8 per week and filled it with £4500 worth of machinery. A centre lathe, two surface grinders a vertical miller, pillar drill, honing machine and electrical welding set. Despite the high cost, the equipment was still not much with which to set up a new engineering company, but it was enough – just!

staff at Paragon Toolmaking in 1969
Paragon Toolmaking Office in 1969

Getting started

In those early years Paragon Toolmaking’s customers were mainly local Hull based organisations. A steady increase in demand saw the company requiring more space and in 1974 it moved to new premises in Harpings Road, Hull closely followed in 1980 by the purchase of additional premises nearby in National Avenue, Hull which Paragon Toolmaking still occupies today.

Coming out on top

Beating the recession of the late 1970’s and 1980’s was a difficult time, but the companies that did survive were leaner and fitter and more able to compete in the world markets. Paragon’s customer base steadily grew to cover the whole of the UK and extended into Europe.

Building new premises for Paragon Toolmaking in 1974
Staff at Paragon Toolmaking in 1970s

Investment & growth

During the late 1990’s company founder Carl began to hand over the day to day running of the company to others in order to devote more time to other interests. Martyn Wear became General Manager of Paragon Toolmaking. Martyn first joined Paragon in 1981 and lead the company into the new millennium handing over to the current General Manager, Kevin Batty in 2019.

Continual Investment in new technology has transformed all areas of operations from those early days. Drawing boards have been replaced with state of the art 3D modelling and CADCAM systems and the manufacturing process benefits from the availability of the best in CNC equipment

A fantastic future ahead

Even with the best technology, having the right staff is essential to the success of any organisation and Paragon Toolmaking is no exception to this rule.

Many employees have been trained in-house through our apprenticeship scheme and stayed with the company, some now for over twenty years, with combined experience of more than 250 years.

Their skill and dedication provides a major asset and contribution to the continuing success of the organisation.

The business now competes on a global scale, delivering the highest quality of service and tooling solutions.

We constantly strive to develop new innovative solutions which push the boundaries of press tool design.

The benefit this provides for our customers is the reason they have remained loyal to us for over 50 years, and why parts and products manufactured with tooling made in our Hull factory are used by the likes of Range Rover, Siemens, Audi, Ford, VW, BMW, Mini and Lotus.

Paragon Toolmaking Offices 2021

Our key people

Trusted and respected by our clients

Kevin Batty
General Manager

Abbey Bruce
Technical Sales Engineer

Nigel Riley
Design Lead

John Wells
Production Manager

Dont just take our word for it

What our clients are saying

…Paragon always go the extra mile and ensure that everything is working perfect every time…

James Welbeck – Food company

The die ran extremely well at 50 parts per minute with good quality. We have now commissioned the tool ready for production. The toolmakers deserve a pat on the back.

Paul, New Tooling Engineer – Automotive – Sunderland

Our customer has laid down three sets of tooling, one in Taiwan, one in the UK and one with Paragon Toolmaking. The parts off the Paragon tool are the best by far.

Chris, – General Manager – Computer Casing Components – Tewkesbury

We’ve used Paragon Toolmaking for many years as we know they’ll provide the exact tooling we need, of the highest standard and longevity, and they are always there to offer help and support.

Keith – Process Engineer- White Goods – Rotherham

Paragon Toolmaking

321 National Avenue
Kingston upon Hull
United Kingdom


Company Registration Number: 7567189
VAT Registration Number: 108775201

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