Arkote Manufacturing Group

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Quality & Service

Arkote’s integrated management system with accreditation to ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 helps deliver products that not only meet our high quality standards but also exceed the expectations of industries that demand the very best levels of customer service.

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Our Values

We are passionate about quality and high levels of customer service. This is what drives us to continually improve every aspect of what we do in order to deliver an outstanding service to a worldwide market.

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Why Arkote

We have a reputation for quality and service built up over 60 years and an extensive experience of working with Global brand producers in over 80 countries. We strive each day to improve all parts of the company – from production to logistics.

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About ARKOTE Group

Having spent several years looking to diversify outside of the core business, in 2015 Arkote’s board approved the acquisition of Hardy UK Ltd, a further ‘niche’ knife making business which fitted closely with many of the manufacturing processes and export expertise. The following year a further opportunity was presented in the shape of HMK Ltd, a long time supply partner to Arkote. HMK Ltd products complement the core product range and allowed further expansion in this sector. In 2018 the final piece of the current structure fell in to place with the acquisition of Zanogen Ltd, a competitor to Hardy in the leather production sector. Who’s to say what the future holds…

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Arkote Ltd is based in Parkway Rise, just outside the city of Sheffield. Over the past century the company has evolved to become one of the world’s leading suppliers of knives to the tobacco industry alongside a range of other products.

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Hardy UK

Established in 1854, the Hardy name has always been associated with high quality products in leather cutting industry. Significant continual investment in research, development and machinery enables Hardy to supply class-leading leather fleshing and shaving blades that will produce consistently high-quality finished products with the highest possible yield and lowest absolute cost.

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Stitchedboxes is continuing a hand-made box making tradition which originated in Sheffield in the late 1800’s at Joseph Pickering Ltd. Stitchedboxes manufacture all types of traditional wire stitched boxes in a range of solid board materials for a variety of uses; from steel blades to bow ties to acid-free museum archival boxes.

Hmk tungsten carbide knives


HMK specialises in the development and manufacture of Tungsten Carbide Knives, HSS knives and replacement wearparts for high speed processing machinery.

Our People

We strive to provide a safe, engaging and inclusive work environment for all employees and to recognise their collective and individual contributions to the company’s success. In doing so we look to employ people of integrity and passion that help drive the company forward through teamwork and collective effort.

Our Environment

We endeavour to be a responsible business with respect to the environment and apply the principle of sustainable development by meeting the needs of the present without compromising future generations. We are proud to have accomplished the environmental and sustainability accreditation ISO14001:2015.

Agents & Distributors

Arkote are proud to supply products to the worldwide tobacco industry. We have a global network of Agents and Distributors, serving over 50 countries, who are all qualified to advise you on the range of Arkote knives and associated grinding products for the tobacco industry. 

To find the details of your local Agent/Distributor, please contact us.

Interested in becoming a distributor?


We are always interested in partnering with like-minded businesses who are driven by a will to succeed and a desire to provide the highest levels of customer service. If you would like to work with us as a distributor or agent please contact us.

Peter Oxspring joined Arkote in 2003 and has over 25 years’ experience in high quality export driven manufacturing. After 5 years on the board of directors, Peter became Managing Director of Arkote in June 2015 and now heads up the team at both Arkote and its subsidiaries.

Peter Oxspring


Jeffrey serves as Chairman of Arkote Ltd. Jeffrey is a graduate mechanical engineer with over 30 years of experience in international sales, marketing, and business development. He is actively involved managing and growing businesses based in the USA, Mexico and UK using his technical and managerial  background to develop the global sales and strategic initiatives for these group companies.

Jeffrey Bassett


Robert joined Arkote in 2012 and has been in the position of Commercial Director since 2015. With over 20 years’ experience working in materials handling in industrial market places around the world, his specialties lie in managing international distributor relationships, operations management and marketing.

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Arkote Limited

6 Parkway Rise
Sheffield, United Kingdom
S9 4WQ

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Tel: 0114 262 6250

Office Hours

Mon-Thu: 8am – 4pm
Fri: 8:30am – 4pm
Sat-Sun: Closed

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