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Sub-Assembly Manufacturing

We have just updated our website to include our sub-assembly services. Many customers do not realize that we can combine our fabrication and machining departments to supply fully-assembled units. Please see the article below:


A sub assembly is a number of machined and fabricated components integrated into a single unit. 

For over 30 years D&D have been combining both their Fabrication and Machining capabilities to offer sub-assemblies to our OEM customers. By utilizing the sub-assembly service our customers place only one order and receive a an assembly ready to be fitted to their equipment.  Not only does this reduce the up-front purchasing work but it also reduces your shop floor requirement meaning they can concentrate on what they are good at!

  • Single order number for all components.
  • Delivered assembled, ready to be integrated.
  • Various levels of testing offered.
  • Reduce in house labour hours
  • Assembled Fabricated and Machined components all from one supplier.


  • Food
  • FMCG
  • Automation
  • Packaging
  • OEM’s.

D&D Celebrates double success at East Riding College Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce the success of Alex Mason and Matthew Power at the East Riding College Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 8th March 2017.

Alex is in his final, of four years, with the company and completes his apprenticeship in July, he will also complete his NVQ qualification with East Riding College. Alex competed in the World Skills UK competition at the skills show in Birmingham this year and achieved a third place finish in his qualification category. We are confident that Alex be a major asset to the company taking his skills forward on CNC turning.

Matthew joined the company on Monday 13th March 2017 and successfully completed an initial work based interview process, competing against a number of candidates to gain a four year apprenticeship. Matthew joins the company a mature student in his first year highly recommended by East Riding College Engineering Tutor, Clive Isaac



D&D Apprentice Reaches WorldSkills UK final

Engineering apprentices Alexander Mason from Hedon and Daniel Coupland from Beverley are both on their way to the UK finals of the WorldSkills competition at the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 16th November.

Having reached the top six in the UK, the pair will be competing in CNC Milling, which is Computer Numerical Controlled machining.  This involves programming a computer control module to operate a lathe or milling machine to cut and shape metal and other materials with precision – all from complex technical drawings.  They are up against four other finalists from across the UK, vying for a place in the squad that will compete at the WorldSkills ‘Olympics’ in Abu Dhabi in 2017.

Alex, aged 20 is an apprentice engineer at D&D Engineering in Hull.  D&D Engineering specialize in bespoke items and produce products as diverse as conveyor systems for factories, packaging machines, valve wheels for ships, bottling plant machinery, and food dispensers that get jam into doughnuts.

Alex said, “It feels good to be through to the final, I’m happy that my tutors and employers saw me as good enough to be put forward for the competition.  The other competitors are at the top of their game, and taking part as one of the top six in the country is amazing.”

Alex’s employer, Mark Robinson of D&D Engineering said, “having Alex as an apprentice has really helped our business, along with the support and practical advice the College have given us.  The WorldSkills Competition is a wonderful opportunity for Alex.  Milling isn’t even his specialism, but it will stand him in good stead and we have supported him all the way – good on him!”

Danny, aged 21, works for John Hall Engineering in Bridlington who make many components including artificial hip joints and knee joints.  He said, “I’m feeling excited and nervous about the competition – a mixture of everything really, it’s been a lot of hard work to prepare, but it’s a good opportunity.  I’ve been practicing at weekends and teaching myself the software every night at home.  The idea of getting to the Worlds is a bit daunting, I’m just taking it one step at a time, and I’ll try my best.”

His employer, Martin Hall said, “We’re really proud of Danny for getting this far in the competition, it’s a real achievement. I know he’s been practicing in his spare time after work, and he deserves to do well.  It will be fantastic if he gets to compete in Abu Dhabi, on the world stage.  Having him as an apprentice has been great, it’s been of benefit to him and a boost for our business.”

Head of Engineering at East Riding College Gary Simm said, “Alex and Danny have achieved great things throughout their time at the College and are very able CNC engineers.  They both have the potential to be selected for the squad.  They are both on track to complete their apprenticeship programs ahead of schedule too, even though the competition has taken up a lot of their time.”

To get to the UK finals both apprentices competed at a regional level.  The competition is tough and involves making components to within a thou of a millimeter.  The component must be the right size and shape, include accurate, intricate marks such as tapped holes (a hole that is threaded to take a screw or bolt), drilled holes, ringed holes, and pocketed holes.  The competitors have to first program the machine using specialist software, interpreting complex technical drawings.  They then use the machine to create the component.  This is all done against the clock and there is no room for error – they work with one piece of metal or material, so there are no second chances!

Alex is from a family of engineers, his father and grandfather were both in the profession. When he joined the College after leaving school he believed he might be joining a dying trade, but in just the last few years he has seen more people coming into engineering and can see that it has a bright future.  He is keen to encourage others into the sector and his tutor Clive Isaacs has noted that Alex is a natural at instructing others in the technical aspects of the discipline, and is keen to pass on his expertise. So much so, that Alex has already been asked to help deliver the CNC masterclasses that the College delivers to employers in the area.

Clive also points out: “The competition has highlighted the importance of the College having this kind of hi-tech machinery for students and apprentices to train on.  The mechanical manufacturing field is changing and becoming more and more technical.  It is a field of engineering that is evolving particularly quickly, and East Riding College apprentice engineers are at the forefront of it.  The competition can only improve Alex and Danny’s chances of advancing in the profession in future, and bring benefits back to the businesses that first gave them a chance as an apprentice.”


Article released on on the 11th November 2016.

A huge congratulations from all the team here at D&D! 

D&D are proud to be a part of Green Port Hull

The Green Port Hull vision is to establish Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire as a world class center for renewable energy, creating wealth and employment for the region.

Artist’s Impression of Green Port Hull

By taking advantage of the Port of Hull’s prime location in relation to the offshore wind opportunities in the North Sea the region is perfectly placed to capitalise on the UK’s offshore wind industry.

Hull City and East Riding Councils and Associated British Ports (ABP) along with  partner organisations have been working together to ensure that this ambitious vision becomes a reality.

Through the Regional Growth Fund significant funding has been secured for skills & employment, business support, and research and development to ensure that local people and business gain maximum benefit from the renewable energy sector.  The University of Hull is working to ensure that the knowledge element of the sector establishes itself in Hull.

These attributes are the reason that Siemens has chosen Hull as the location to build its world class offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing, assembly and servicing facilities that will form the centre piece of Green Port Hull.

The Siemens investment will be the catalyst for the Green Port Hull vision as we work jointly to optimise the co-location advantages of the offshore wind supply chain.

As well as offshore wind there are major opportunities in bio fuels, carbon capture and storage, waste to energy, solar, wave and tidal power generation.

The renewable energy sector will be the single biggest influence on the local economy for generations, creating thousands of new jobs along with a wealth of opportunity for local people and business.