Advanced robotics and pallet systems running 24/7 to meet customer CNC machining schedules Find out more


Armed with an advanced fleet of eight 5 axis machining centres with capacity up to 800mm cube Find out more


Components machined in the specific material, to exacting tolerances, fully finished and assembled Find out more

R E Thompson – always known as RET – have been in the business of excellence for over 70 years. Founded in 1948 as R E Thompson & Son, we specialised from the start in precision manufacture

The Company was an early adopter of computerised manufacturing techniques, purchasing its first CNC mill in 1968 to focus solely on manufacturing precision components for aerospace and industrial applications

Our company has built its reputation through working in true partnership with its customers, collaborating at the early stages of design and right through the manufacturing process. With a proven track record in supplying high volume assembled and finished components to satisfy long term production schedules for Line Side, JIT and KanBan manufacturing systems, we can guarantee quality products delivered on time in accordance with your needs.

R E Thompson has the confidence of major international customers, thanks to both our ‘Zero Defect’ policy and a highly skilled workforce, a testament to our approach to business is that many members of the RET team have been with us for over 20 years

World Leading 99% Up Time

Our success depends on our customers – a simple statement. But behind the success of our customers are RET factories which run as high as 99% uptime 24/7. That efficiency and effectiveness delivers supply flexibility, accuracy and timely delivery

Reshoring of Components, Manufacturing in the UK

RET are a member of Reshoring UK but that is the tip of the iceberg. We understand the complexity of reshoring and have worked with customers to remove all barriers to cost-effective manufacture in the UK – with resulting super-short supply chains

Total Cost of Acquisition

TCA is simple in concept – all the costs associated with a company’s purchasing of components. RET work with customers to reduce batch costs, delivery costs, remove inward inspection, drive lineside packaging, provide assembly kits

Family Owned

Michael Thompson is the third generation of ownership – and that shows in the company’s long-term commitment to customer service, long-term investment plans and long term customer relationships


RET practice long-term collaboration and take the responsibility that entails very seriously. Our manufacturing engineers know our customer’s engineering requirements in detail and have worked with their design engineers for decades

Latest News


A ground-breaking investment of over £3.6 million in DMG MORI machining centres linked to FASTEMS pallet systems paved the way for moving to fully automated lights-out manufacturing Read more
RET Ready for further expansion