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About Us

The company

We are a British company specialising in metal finishing and fine quality tableware. Our purpose built factory and offices are situated in Walsall, near Birmingham, ideally located for easy access to the UK motorway network.

Originally known as Ralph Tomkins Ltd, the company has a world renowned reputation as manufacturers of silver candelabra and candlesticks. ACF Howell acquired the business in late 2002, expanding the company portfolio to provide high-quality metal finishing services to other industries including the automotive and healthcare sectors.

Tableware and giftware

The newly formed Howell Tomkins Ltd has continued to supply tableware and candelabra to a long standing worldwide customer base, which includes department stores, specialist homeware and catering groups, garden centres and independent retailers. Our in-house design team enables us to introduce new products on a regular basis, thus satisfying ever changing consumer trends. The traditional candelabra ranges have been supplemented by a growing number of other giftware products, allowing Howell Tomkins to create an offer which increasingly appeals to an ever more discerning customer base.

Packaging and presentation have also been re-developed and improved to reflect and enhance the quality aspect of the tableware product ranges. Each product is assembled and packed by hand. The products are lacquer coated to prevent tarnishing and each piece is individually inspected to ensure the highest quality.

As all of the products are manufactured on site, Howell Tomkins are able to respond to specific commissions from customers with special requirements. The Tableware Products pages depict our current catalogue ranges.

Metal finishing

We also supply quality plated finishes for other products, including to several companies in the Prestige Automotive Group. Our in-house die casting facilities for aluminium and zinc enable us to produce precision parts for a variety of applications. We have a 3D CAD facility and we are able to assist our customers with any 3D modelling requirements they may have. The Metal Finishing pages provide an overview of our specialist capabilities.