James White Engineering Group Ltd
JWE - James White Engineering Group



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History of James White Engineering Group

James White was born in Reading in 1856. By 1891 James was a Job Master and by 1911 was running a cab business using horse and cart as well as revolutionary motorised vehicles.

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During the 1920s, the company ran a fleet of charabancs and coaches in addition to the cabs and hire cars and by the beginning of WWII, the company’s workforce were developing themselves as motor engineers in order to keep the business running during such a difficult time.

They were able to service and repair their own vehicles, as well as manufacture parts when these were unavailable.

The engineering talent of White’s workforce soon built them a very strong reputation, and White’s were famously required to complete the manufacture of several Aston Martin racing cars, when Aston Martin themselves were strikebound.

During the war, with the Woodley Airfield being on the outskirts of Reading, the company made components in support of the aircraft industry.

With an increase of engineering business, James White Ltd. gradually directed more resources towards the engineering side of the business and specialised in high specification precision fabrication.

With a focus on improving systems and processes, the company became one of the first to be able to weld aluminium components successfully worldwide, which led to the obtainment of MOD Air certification in the early 1950s.

Aston Martin racing car
Aston Martin racing car
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Since 2008 under the ownership of Ian Tubbs and Dave Stevens, James White Engineering Group has put the majority of its focus on driving forward its excellent reputation within the Aerospace and Defence sectors.

Thanks to the company’s dedication to using highly skilled and experienced engineers, plus investment in the latest state of the art machinery and technology, James White Engineering Group has been awarded the prestigious AS 9100 D certification as well as approvals from the CAA, AWS and Nadcap.