Downhole Tool Hardfacing

Downhole Tool Engineering

About Us

We are an international,world-class organisation supplying downhole tool technology to drilling equipment manufacturers across the world.

Cutting & Wear Resistant Developments started in 1968 manufacturing hardfacing materials for the oil and gas drilling industry. As the company grew it continued to develop its hardfacing technology and diversified into the manufacture of downhole tools. 

We have grown with the industry and understand its demands. We provide industry leading technology and quality, and strive to deliver excellent customer service. 

In 2012 we moved to a new 3 acre site into a purpose built 38,000 sq ft manufacturing facility providing industry leading facilities. From here, Cutting & Wear ship to all corners of the world to a global network of customers and to its strategically placed stock points in the USA & UAE.


Our Vision


Our History

Cutting & Wear was established in Sheffield by Mr Brian Russell in 1968, to supply hardfacing materials to oil and gas operations in the North Sea.

Our original product range was confined to composite rod hardfacing materials, having either cutting or wear resistant properties.

Tungsten carbide tipped drills were also produced for such specialised applications as drilling reinforcement in reinforced concrete and taking sample cores from road surfaces.

Whilst we started out small, in terms of both numbers of staff and volume of business, we built a reputation for high quality and excellent customer service from the very beginning.

Mark Russell, now Managing Director, joined Cutting & Wear in 1975. The increase in oil exploration and production in the North Sea led to a higher demand for our products and a drive to grow the business. This led to the move to Rotherham in 1976 into larger premises.

Following the move to Rotherham, development work commenced on the production of integral blade stabilizer bodies. This proved to be a successful addition to the company's activities.

In 1981 we took over the adjoining factory unit and doubled our factory space.

Growth has continued, and we have now moved into a 38,000 sq ft, purpose built factory on the edge of Sheffield.

Our range of products is wide from basic hardfacing consumables through to complete tool assemblies for directional drilling. We use many innovative manufacturing processes in an environment of continuous improvement.

Our engineering resource include the latest C.N.C. equipment, backed up by digitally-based design and draughting facilities.

The export market has always been of great importance to Cutting & Wear. Over 50% of turnover is exported to more than 50 countries. Our export efforts were recognised in 1991 when we were awarded the Queens award for Export Achievement.

We gained approval for ISO 9002 in November 1993 and have continued development of our quality systems, gaining API Q1 accreditation in 1995.

The Company regularly exhibits at oilfield exhibitions at home and abroad as well as visiting its overseas markets.


Quality Vision

Sustaining Our Commitment to and Leadership in Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE)

As a solutions driven organisation supplying downhole drilling equipment to oil service companies across the world, our strategy is to provide solutions that enable us to exceed our customers´ expectations whilst retaining our leadership in quality, service, health & safety and the environment.

Our proactive QHSE culture ensures that quality, health & safety and environmental considerations remain top priorities for Cutting & Wear's management and for all our employees.

Minimising the risk of loss from process failure is a recognized, integral part of our continuous improvement process. QHSE activities begin with risk management.

Stringent policies and standards ensure that any losses related to people, assets and processes are addressed. Non-conformances are thoroughly investigated to better understand where we need to improve.

Our QHSE Vision is to:

  • Assure the quality and technical integrity of our products and services so that they are fit for purpose and that their functional specifications match the customer´s applications in all instances.
  • Communicate effectively with our customers and exceed their expectations. Key to this process is to ask for regular customer feedback on our performance.
  • Provide a framework for the setting of QHSE goals and performance objectives through the use of an effective management system.
  • Monitor, evaluate and continually improve our QHSE performance through defined operational standards, training, assessments and audits.
  • Be fully prepared to respond to any QHSE situation.
  • Minimize our impact on the environment through pollution prevention and control of emissions, the efficient use of natural resources and the reduction and recycling of waste.
  • Educate our employees, contractors, and business partners in the safe and environmentally responsible use of our products and services and demonstrate how their actions can influence QHSE performance.
  • Consult regularly with employees, and others, with regards to Quality, Health & Safety and the Environment.
  • Ensure all employees are given the training and resources necessary to meet company requirements.
  • Ensure that all suppliers and sub-contractors are selected and monitored on their positive approach and continued commitment to quality and service standards.
  • Strive for continuous improvement.


Quality Policy

Cutting & Wear Resistant Developments Limited are committed wholly to meeting our quality policy.

The Board of Directors and all employees of Cutting & Wear Resistant Developments Limited are committed to actively developing their resources including people, technology and processes to provide innovative quality products, excellent customer service and improved financial strength.

Cutting & Wear Resistant Developments Limited are also committed to continued compliance with all applicable standards and approval schemes and to ensuring that the organisation meets applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

We are currently accredited to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and API Spec Q1 and Spec 7-1.

Employees are given the training and resources necessary to meet company requirements, improve their own performance and take appropriate preventive and corrective action to continuously improve the overall performance of the company.

Suppliers and subcontractors are selected and monitored on their positive approach and continued commitment to quality and service standards.

To comply with this policy, Cutting & Wear Resistant Developments Limited sets and monitors the achievement of goals and objectives and ensures that resources are made available to achieve these objectives.

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