Pioneering Precision Tooling Since 1975

We supply Cutting Tools and Abrasives to the Engineering Manufacturing Industry across the Island.

We understand the importance of precision and the impact of efficiency on your projects. Our technical teams have extensive application experience seeking better and faster ways to produce parts and maximise productivity

About Hard Metal

Hard Metal was formed in 1975 to serve the needs of the Irish Metalworking industry. Throughout our history we have promoted, supplied and supported the highest quality brands and employed talented engineers to help our customers improve productivity.

From our Head Office in Bray, Co. Wicklow, and our main warehouse and distribution centre in Shannon, Co. Clare, we support our growing customer base throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland

What drives us is simple; quality, accuracy and a genuine desire to see our customers succeed. We’re more than just a supplier, our dedicated, friendly team of industry veterans and approachable, knowledgeable backoffice staff are a capable force with decades of experience. Our commitment to quality is reflected in our long-time ISO9001 certification, first awarded in 1995.

Whether it’s through custom built vending or our focus on cost reduction and increased productivity, we are here to support you with innovative products, enhanced logistics and our quality assured service

Our Solutions

Hard Metal is committed to providing solutions in a demanding and ever changing manufacturing market. Our key suppliers invest heavily in R&D and allow us to focus on best in class tooling and abrasive technology for challenging applications.


Custom Solutions for Every Challenge

At Hard Metal, our Matrix Vending services redefine how you manage and distribute tools within your operations.

Understanding that each workshop has its own unique challenges and specific configuration, we tailor each Matrix installation and design our cabinet layout to meet your requirements. This personalised approach ensures that your Matrix system is fit for purpose and best matches your tooling profile in both capacity and software functionality.

With an intuitive management application and easy to use touch screen interface for the shop floor, Matrix allows you to automate purchasing tasks and eliminate stock outs. A sophisticated reporting engine provides valuable usage insights, and biometric logins provide secure and reliable user trends and consumable costings


Expert Advice to Elevate Your Operations

Our consultancy services, focusing on cost reduction, help companies maximise productivity and improve output.

Benchmarking and analysis of existing processes allow us to present technology improvements and innovative ideas to get the most from your machining and finishing.

Through the application of almost 50 years’ experience, our technical expertise and supplier knowledge & support, we work with our customers to establish real savings through productivity and intelligent tool choices.


Your Partner in Continuous Progress

The cost of tooling compared to the value of a finished component, is just 5%. By applying the latest advances in cutting tool technology and producing more parts in the same time, impact on productivity can be dramatic.

We follow our suppliers innovations closely, and introduce upgraded methods to save on material costs, machining times and maintenance. These measurable improvements help ensure your processes are leaner, faster and more cost effective.

With Hard Metal by your side, continuous improvement isn’t just a concept, it’s a reality that drives your business forward every day.

Our Suppliers

Our rigorous selection process involves visiting new and prospective suppliers to meticulously evaluate their product quality, supply chain reliability and the consistency of their logistics and technical support. We are proud to represent these quality brands in Ireland.

Ready to Transform Your Precision Tooling?

Interested in exploring how we can work together to enhance your machining process? Contact our team today. Let’s talk about your needs and how Hard Metal can bring our expertise, experience, and passion for precision tooling to your projects.

Dargan House, Duncairn Terrace, Bray,
Co. Wicklow,
A98 Y4C9,

Telephone: +353 1 286 2466
Fax: +353 1 286 1514

Bay C7-C9, Smithstown Industrial Estate, Shannon,
Co. Clare,
V14 EY04,

Telephone: +353 61 361 600
Fax: +353 61 361 610

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