World leaders in Tube Bending

“What can we do to make our customers' jobs easier and their companies more profitable?”

"Our desire to innovate and not merely copy others has rewarded us with a global reputation for solving the most challenging customer problems." Julian Kidger, Joint Managing Director

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Our History

Unison have a design and management team experienced in running large complex military and commercial projects, with the constant demands which these large projects exert on quality and technology. This is our story.

The beginning: computerisation in tube bending

Unison was established in 1973 to design and build computerised control systems for industry. Unison designed the first computer controls for several well-known Tube Bending machine manufacturers in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

New territory: our own tube bending machines

In 1989 Unison felt that customer needs were not being listened to and expanded to design and develop a full range of tube bending machines. In 1993/4 Unison completed a feasibility research study into the possibility of removing the ‘Black Art’ of tube bending, by designing a fully automated tube bending machine. This method of control was revolutionary and enabled all positions and forces necessary to bend a tube to be stored and recalled by computer. This method of control was patented in both the UK and Germany.


In 1995 Unison developed the first three ‘all-electric’ tube bending machines with; 20mm, 40mm and 65mm tube capacity. The very first machine went into service in 1996 and is still in production.

Our company now: continued innovation

Since the first tube bending machines were developed Unison has increased the range to cover tubes from 4mm to 180mm diameter with the ‘all-electric’ technology capable of running machines of over 275mm. The use of the servo technology to control all moving parts has enabled Unison to build machines for customers with virtually unlimited control features completely unavailable to machines using hydraulics to move the tooling or the part being made.



To conduct business with integrity, honesty and fairness at all times.

World Leaders

To be recognised as the world leaders in tube technology underpinned by superb, high quality products and solutions with a reputation for customer support that is world class.


As an OEM to manufacturer the most advanced, efficient and safe manufacturing equipment, systems and technologies that are available in the marketplace today.

Driven by community

Unison are constantly developing and expanding our Software to help the tube bending community, as we know listening to our customers is key to helping us improve and drive innovation. If you would like to take part in our feedback sessions, please get in touch.

Looking for talent

Imagineering Clubs, Unison lead many of the STEM Educational programs in its community including Scarborough Science & Engineering Week and Master Classes at Scarborough UTC in the hope that Unison will inspire children to consider a job in STEM.

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Case studies

Custom Products

Van Rijsoort Buigwerk is one of the best known specialists in Northern Europe for bending tubing and profiles.

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Fabspeed Motorsport builds high-performance exhausts and air intakes for prestige and racing vehicles. The company’s exhaust systems increase an engines usable power output and deliver a unique sound.

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Oil & Gas

TechnipFMC, the leading supplier of subsea tree hydraulic control systems for wellheads use Unison machinery to substantially reduce build times and multiply its manufacturing capacity..

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Military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) wanted to increase the efficiency of its tube bending facility at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.

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To maximise operational efficiency, British Airways maintains its fleet of aircraft in-house.

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