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Aluminium is the most abundant metal on the planet and can be used for a wide range of applications. 

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Copper Alloys

Copper alloys are metal alloys that have copper as their principal component. 

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The application for cast iron are expansive and we produce small one off architectural or replica castings..  

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Zinc & Lead Alloys

ZA alloys were initially developed for gravity die casting, while Lead has been used for thousands of years.

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Our Services

Casting Abilities

Pressure Casting
Die casting with accuracy
If you want high volume castings with a high level of dimensional accuracy in aluminium or zinc then our Pressure Die casting plant is the answer.
Shell Moulding
High Dimensional Accuracy
If you require parts with a high dimensional accuracy but perhaps not the volume to consider die casting, then shell moulding provides an ideal solution.
Shell Core Products
Quality castings, in house
Being self-sufficient provides complete control over the quality of your castings so production of cores is always carried out in house.
Sand Casting & Pattern Production
Globally recognised for our skill
Sand casting is one of the oldest and most widely used metal casting skills and ours are recognised by customers across the globe.
Gravity Die Casting & Tooling
Dedicated die casting zone
Our casting design consultants will work with you on your products to design a die that will deliver results time after time and is as cost effective as possible.

Engineering and Finishing

Shot Blasting
For a uniform surface finish
After careful fettling all our castings have the option of being put through our Sisson Lehmann shot blasting machine.
CNC Machining
Completely Machined Castings
To provide a complete one stop engineering solution we can provide completely machined castings using our Haas CNC machining centres.
Powder Coating
In gloss or matt finishes.
Our power coating facility allows us to supply castings painted uniformly, after shot balsting and etching.
Rumbling & Polishing
De-burr and shine!
Castings that may need to be handled are part of assembly or form part of a decorative item can be rumbled to de-burr the surfaces.
Heat Treatment, HiP & Impregnation
Make me stronger!
We perform heat treatment in a highly controlled environment to ensure that the casting retains its original shape without cracking.
Conventional Machining
Castings accurately finished
Simple conventional machining operations are also easily performed by our skilled machinists, to provide an accurate finishing to your castings.

We build our products with precision and care, to represent our core values.


Development in consultation with our design team ensures that not only will the item be functional but, complimentary to the most efficient production processes. This can prevent costly modifications and our skilled team are on hand rdesign perfection.


We’re at the cutting edge for prototyping new ideas utilizing the latest in 3D CAD modelling software and 3D printing in various materials. Our qualified design engineers can work to produce a prototype that will easily convert to full scale production.


Our broad manufacturing options are all housed under one roof and the multi-disciplined design consultants can work to provide direction on the best route to give you a cost effective solution that rewards you with great castings time and again.


Quality is a word often tossed around without much thought, but not at C H Cowards. Since day one we train all our staff to take pride in their work and see it as the skilled craft that it is. Our customers buy from us time after time because we care enough to get it right.

Family Business

When Peter Hogan and his son, also Peter, took over the running of Charles H Cowards in 1991 they had already established themselves as a casting producer you could trust in their original company Hogan and Sons. Like most things in life the simplest solution is often the best one and Peter Snr. had an expression that still is the backbone of the operation today – 

“it takes as long to make a bad casting as is does to make a good one”. 

The integrity in all our workforce means we take pride in our work. Quality casting is recognised as a hands on skill that has become a highly valued craft in recent years. We’re here to welcome you to a company that will do more than just make your castings and we would love to hear from you.

Meet The Team

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Peter Hogan

Managing Director

After finishing high school, Peter entered the foundry industry on an apprenticeship at a leading foundry in the Sheffield area.  

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Julie Hogan


Having gained a Degree and worked as a nursing professional Julie joined her husband helping manage the expanding business.

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Anthony Wareing

Sales Director

From a background in plastics engineering and manufacturing, Anthony made the transition to casting and drives commercial development.

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Chris Hogan

National Sales Manager

Gaining broader experiences in the service industry, Chris offers a sharp insight to customer needs and relatoinship development.

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Matt Hogan

Head of Procurement

After his Degree, Matt joined the company to spearhead development across the accounting function of the company

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Daniel Frain

Foundry Foreman

Joining as an apprentice, Daniel was soon promoted to Foundry Foreman ensuring quality casting, delivered on time.