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About Us

Dean Group International is a long established family owned foundry with 2 sites located in Manchester, England and supported by strong overseas foundry partnerships. For over 50 years of experience, we manufacture and supply critical components via investment casting, die casting, metal injection moulding, forging and powder pressing. We supply demanding markets like Oil & gas, Aerospace, Defence, Medical, Railways and general engineering.
As specialist metal casting manufacturers with manufacturing facilities in Manchester, Dean Group International also provide fully risk managed and quality assured low cost China supply of higher volume investment castingsdie castings, commercial grade investment castings, forged parts and MIM including additional processes of machining, heat treatment, assembly and various surface finishes. With ISO accreditations, along with UK foundry and stocking facilities, we ensure continuity of supply with full visual, dimensional and chemical analysis. As well as having fast track rapid prototyping facilities in Manchester, we also provide 3D CAD design and product development support using our 3D CAD software and bespoke casting simulation package. We have acquired extensive expertise in working with a wide cross section of industry sectors including oil & gas, specialist and mainstream automotive, rail, mining, renewables, aerospace, fire & safety and many more with specific focus on Baseefa/Atex and other critical applications.

We are a long established family owned business founded in 1972 as Manchester Investment Castings. Our experience, continuous investments in our technology and focus on customer needs provided us with consistent year-on-year growth.

Our Leadership Team

Our History

The original factory was built in Stretford. We made everything ourselves including the wax injection machines, metal melting equipment, even the fencing.


Had a factory purpose built in Irlam; moved from Stretford with no loss of production.


Re-designed the shop floor to maximise the efficiency of manufacturing.


A bespoke Unix production, purchasing and estimating software system was designed and implemented as there was no software available on the market at the time; it was used for 15 years before upgrading to another bespoke software system in 2005 written on MS Access.


Introduced automated wax injection.


Expanded automated wax injection.


New runner system facility installed.


Converted from alcohol (used for 20 years) to water based ceramics due to new challenging environmental legislation.


Automated robotic shell production, introduced bar coded manufacturing system. Manual lifting became a problem with larger moulds so added manual manipulators to pick up heavy loads to comply with lifting regulations and some specific DGI requirements. This has revolutionised, improved efficiency, and increased the size of moulds.


Brought DGI into the 21st century and revolutionised casting techniques: added SolidWorks 3D CAD, Mavies CAD casting simulation, Mitutoyo coordinate measuring machine, fast prototyping, made 3D CAD models available to the shop floor.


Significant investment to balance the capabilities in the foundry to match downstream facility.


Integrated SolidWorks CAD software and 3D CAM software to cut our own tooling which allowed us to be self sufficient in tool manufacture.


Introduced cellular manufacture to improve efficiency.


Re-aligned the business to the changing market conditions: introduced suppliers in China for high volume work keeping low/medium volume work for manufacture in the UK. Focussed around 3 main requirements: quality, service, and price, which remain fundamental to our business to date. The change was completed by 2003 with no disruption to customers.


After taking a hit from a lightning strike which nearly destroyed all DGI data, a bespoke MS Access database software was designed and specifically written for DGI for Production control, Estimating and Quality.


Manchester Investment Castings re-branded to Dean Group International. New marketing and business strategy encompassing other types of cast processes: precision grade investment casting, commercial grade investment casting, die casting, fabrications, sub assemblies and more.


Shell development for non ferrous metals. Spectrometer for the analysis of Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, Nickel and Cobalt alloys.


Multiple fast prototype tooling developements: introduced fast tooling or soft tooling options which have bridged a gap and won several new jobs in quick succession.


Major upgrade to Access database: Estimating, Stock and Quality Control linked into Sage software allowing for further efficiencies. DGI won Salford Business Award for Technology as a recognition of our technical innovation and abilities.


Significant upgrade of the investment area environmental control allowing for better shell consistency, less scrap and improved quality.


Added to the capability of our spectrometer with lines for Aluminium and copper base alloys. The factory was refurbished in preparation of forthcoming 40th Anniversary celebrations.


Significant investments into our foundry of a new Aluminium melting facility, and Microscopy laboratory.


Major investment in staff and training. New warehouse facility for storing casting for our customer to enable rapid deliveries, new material testing laboratory, started 4 x apprentice’s 2 of which are Carol and Chris’s sons. Due to a successful sales drive and demand for UK manufactured product increased our UK manufacturing throughput by 300%.


Continued investment in staff and training, and implemented a new raw material stores.


Completion of our new specialised Aluminium line, the name we have given to this process is ELITE. The process produces gas tight castings suitable for Aerospace, Military, Motor sport and any other application requiring high integrity parts.


After 2 years of planning sourcing and implementation our ERP computer system which went live June.


Continued sales growth seen, on gong development of our ERP system, new improved inspection area with applied lean manufacturing principles.


The purchase and installation of our in-house wax 3D printing facility.


Dean Group celebrates it's 50th birthday!


Contact Dean Group for Your Investment Casting Quote

To find out more about our investment casting, or to get a quote for your project, please get in touch with us on 0161 775 1633 or submit your enquiry online.
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