Company History

Established in 1978 with an idea…

Straight Length Element

TPFay 40 years Trading 1978 to 2018The company founders Terry Fay and his father Peter Fay had worked for a locally established company, manufacturing various products including Heating Elements.

However, there was little emphasis on the market for heating elements with their employer, despite a reasonable demand, so Terry Fay set up production to source, supply and custom form special heating elements from the garage at the side of his family home, he was soon joined by Peter Fay and the company TPFay (Kirkby) Ltd was incorporated on 27 July 1978.

The company continued to trade from the homes and garages of the two directors. Stock of Straight length heating elements, purchased from selected UK manufacturing partners grew steadily to over 4000 items, as storage space was at a premium, every available area was used, production and storage needs were such that the loft spaces of the homes were used; it was not unusual to see bundles of Straight Length Heating Elements being carried through the kitchen to the workshop.

David Fay joined the company in 1983; he and his father,Terry ensured the continued growth of the company by creating a policy of good customer service and quality. The need for further space was soon satisfied by the purchase of a disused factory building opposite the family home.

Original TPFay Factory

Incorporated in 1978 trading from the garage of the home of the founder, Terry Fay.

Refurbishment works to Factory

The factory had been empty for some time and required extensive refurbishment

Travelling to work was never a problem

Terry Fay never found the journey to work too difficult.

Expansion 1

With the addition of 330m² of space, the company continued a plan of expansion. The niche market requirement for small quantity heating elements on a quick delivery had been ignored by large volume producers. The ability to satisfy these orders required the company to increase stock levels. Soon there were over 80,000 straight length heating elements in stock, enabling TPFay Ltd to meet customer delivery times in days rather than weeks or months.

The company increasingly became know as The Only Name In Elements.

Aerial View of increased production facility

Continued growth required the acquisition of the adjoining property in 1997


Before and After

New Heating Element Workshops 

Before and After

Before and After Image of Element Store

Skilled technicians were employed to meet demand, investment in plant and machinery, technology, production improvements and training continued.

Expansion 2

In 1997 a decision was made to acquire the adjoining property to secure further space for future expansion. This provided over 1000m² of factory space and almost 0.75 hectares of land.

Heating Equipment Ltd – Rosamon Immersion Heaters

In 2004, Heating Equipment Ltd, a customer and supplier to TPFay based in Sailsbury, Witshire ceased trading. Established in 1931, they produced high quality Immersion heaters under the renowned and revered brand name Rosamon. The assets of the business was acquired and a programme of knowledge transfer was established to help TPFay technicians continue to build and refine Rosamon Immersion Heaters. You can find more information about the Rosamon Immersion Heater Range by clicking here

UK Manufacturing Decline

TPFay, established with an idea to purchase carefully selected Straight Length Heating Elements from multiple, established, UK manufacturers had grown steadily since its formation. Now with over 12 employees, custom re-manufacturing heating elements for all sectors of UK and international trade, many of its UK suppliers had ceased to trade or reduced their UK production. Replacement suppliers were researched and vetted for 8mm diameter metal sheathed rod elements, however none could satisfy the quality, logistical, and security of supply tests imposed by TPFay. There were few UK suppliers able to meet our demand and international suppliers delivery schedules and logistic costs ruled out their offer.

There was no other option, TPFay (Heating Elements) Ltd was established to manufacture High Quality Straight Length 8mm Diameter Incoloy and Stainless Steel Metal Sheathed Rod Heating Elements for TPFay (Kirkby) Ltd.

Space in the factory was re-organised and building works began. Proprietary, machinery was designed in collaboration with a premier global machinery manufacturer to be installed as a turn-key project.

Expansion 3

A New UK Manufacturing Company

On April 28 2011 the first 8mm Incoloy Metal Sheathed Rod Heating element was produced from the new manufacturing facility. 


Since that time, tens of thousand more have been produced. Supplied daily to satisfy the demanding quality requirements of TPFay (Kirkby) Ltd and our customers.

See more about our production capabilities here Straight Length Heating Elements

Future Plans

Our team now counts Sarah Fay and Hannah Fay as the 4th generation to join the company. Her role is varied, as is most other members of the team and includes the implementation of our online presence together with a vitally important role of credit control. You can view details of all our team members here.

The aim of the company is to continue to achieve steady growth by building on our strengths. Metal Sheathed Tubular Rod Heating Elements remain a one of the most versatile and robust methods of heating a diverse range of materials reliably and efficiently. As energy conservation and efficient consumption will remain a priority for society, we will seek to help our customers use our products to best effect. 

We will continue to follow lean principals of operation and production and wherever possible we will implement energy efficient methods of operation to minimise our environmental impact.


Emphasis on customer service and the drive for continual improvement, earned TPFay (Kirkby) Ltd a place in a survey by BDO of the top 100 North West UK companies in 1994.