The sub-Regional network for Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology

Key Members:


The BIG-Kent Network enjoys the support of over 60 members from numerous companies.  The key contributing companies to the initiative are:

AR Engineering Premier Foods Prior Clave
BAE Systems MEP Raster Vision
Circatron MJ Allen Renishaw
HAAS NIC Instruments

MJ Allen

Formed in 1958 and based in the Ashford UK, the MJ Allen Group is made up of 9 companies manufacturing a diverse range of products including:

  • Castings
  • Foundry patterns
  • Machined ferrous and non-ferrous castings
  • Sheet metal working machines
  • Precision tooling
  • Metrology equipment
  • Architectural street furniture. 

AR Engineering

AR Engineering Industries is a precision engineering, machining and manufacturing company with a wide range of capabilities that can proudly boast of its ISO 9001:2008 UKAS accreditation.

As a family run organisation we pride ourselves on offering a personal service that can deliver quality products, efficiently and cost effectively.

 Besides manufacturing we also carry out repair and refurbishment to tooling, fixtures, machine/equipment parts and other components.

AR Engineering is the perfect partner for any manufacturing requirements ranging from aerospace and automotive components, to parts for the food and beverage industry and solutions for transport and utilities sector.

AS well as these high tech applications we serve a range of other businesses including the local butchers, tree surgeons and we have even manufactured parts for a famous pen company!

Nothing is impossible.... It's just waiting to be engineered!



A small but experienced company based in the beautiful village of Matfield near Tunbridge Wells, Raster Vision Ltd was set up by Richard and Jacky Leman in 1992 to develop leading edge digital video systems.

Raster Vision has since expanded to offer electronic design and manufacturing, from PCB layout design and small volume assembly to full electronic product development.  With an onsite design lab and secure testing and manufacturing facilities, we can save you the time, money and hassle of using separate contractors.

Raster Vision is proud of its longstanding relationship with Michelin to exclusively design and manufacture the MEMS Tyre Pressure Monitoring System for earthmoving trucks in mines worldwide. We are currently developing the system to meet Michelin’s future needs.

Key assembly and inspection staff are Certified IPC Specialists to the IPC-A-610D standard. This standard is recognised worldwide for the inspection of electronics to the highest levels and, together with our ISO9001:2008 accreditation, demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards of competence and performance.



Founded in 1972 as M.E.P. (Aeroplastics) Ltd., MEP has maintained a steady growth by continually supplying Quality products to both existing and new customers, at home and overseas. Accredited to BS EN 9100:2003 andISO 9001:2008, we invest heavily in plant, equipment and facilities to ensure we continue to offer customers the most advanced technology and techniques.

We are very firmly committed to continual improvement and producing the best quality products and services.  This is heightened by our commitment to training at all levels so that we can continually adapt to the ever changing world and challenges around us.

As we have both comprehensive moulding and machining facilities, it enables us to give you a non-biased approach to achieving the very best manufacturing method, performance and cost effective selection of materials. Our customer base comprises defence, aerospace, electrical, electronic and allied industries in the UK and abroad. A full technical service is available and encouraged to all our customers, from product design involvement, through research and development, in to production. This ensures that new products are manufacture-able from the onset. 



Circatron Ltd is based in Paddock Wood, Kent and was established in 1996 as a contract electronics manufacturer specialising in surface mount production.

Over the years complimentary services have been added to our portfolio to enable us to assist our clients by offering a complete engineering service incorporating enclosure design and production, CNC metal working and electronics testing.

Housed within 10,000 square feet our facility is equipped with a dedicated prototype assembly line, automated volume SMT line, walk in EMC test chamber with vibration table, X-ray inspection room and inert nitrogen storage cabinets to ensure all components are kept in pristine condition. Our mechanical workshops are equipped with mills, drills lathes, vacuum forming and small run powder coat. At any stage from Concept to delivery Circatron can support your project and provide the services that you require to realise your goals.


BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a global defence and security company with approximately 100,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and support services. In 2010 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 34.6 billion).


Premier Foods

As one of Britain's largest branded food producers, Premier Foods is committed to delivering the taste the British love, with food that's made in Britain by people who understand British consumers.

We supply a range of retail, wholesale, foodservice and other customers with some of Britain's best loved brands, including Ambrosia desserts, Batchelors convenient meals, Bisto and OXO stocks and gravies, Loyd Grossman and Sharwood’s cooking sauces and Mr. Kipling cakes.


Prior Clave

Priorclave are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of Laboratory Autoclaves for use in the food, drink, dairy, health and pharmaceutical industries. They operate at up to 2.4 Bar, with capacities from 40 to 700L and over.

We also manufacture low pressure autoclaves and climatic cabinets for use in the electronics, packaging and plastics industries.


NIC Instruments Ltd

NIC instruments, manufacturers of internal security search and bomb disposal equipment. Our products are used world wide by Army, Navy, Police, Customs and all organisations involved in safe keeping operations.

Our products fulfil core requirements when dealing with hazardous device disposal, Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), unexploded ordnance (UXO) or improvised explosive device disposal (IEDD). 

We also supply equipment to Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) to assist in demining, which has in recent years become an important task for clearing anti-personnel mines and unmarked minefields.



The largest machine tool manufacturer in the world, Haas Automation designs and builds a full range of metal-cutting machine tools including CNC machining centres, lathes and rotary tables.  Haas machine tools and rotary products are built to deliver higher accuracy, repeatability and durability than any other machine tools on the market.



Renishaw is a global company with core skills in measurement, motion control, spectroscopy and precision machining. We develop innovative products that significantly advance our customers’ operational performance - from improving manufacturing efficiencies and raising product quality, to maximising research capabilities and improving the efficacy of medical procedures.

Our products are used for applications as diverse as machine tool automation, co-ordinate measurement, Raman spectroscopy, machine calibration, position feedback, CAD/CAM dentistry, stereotactic neurosurgery and medical diagnostics. In all of these areas we aim to be a long-term partner, offering superior products that meet our customers' needs both today and into the future, backed up by responsive, expert technical and commercial support.