About us

Austin Hayes has been on the Yeadon site since 1953 and today has over 50 years experience in refurbishment of ammunition containers and over 30 years experience in providing specialised surface coatings services. It is this extensive experience that has propelled us to be a leader in our industry.

Over our many years of service we have built strong and lasting relationships with our clients, based on our extremely high standards and our long serving team of directors and managers, many of whom have been with us for over 20 years. We have worked with many of our customers for between 5 and 30 years, allowing us to grow and develop alongside them.

In 2015 Austin Hayes appointed a new Managing Director, former Finance Director Julie Bickerdyke. In the two years leading to her transition to M.D., Julie worked closely with then M.D. Nik Vjestica jointly managing the company. Despite this change at the top, Austin Hayes’ senior management team remain in place and the company is excited to embrace a bright future under Julie’s excellent leadership.


A brief timeline of our history

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1953

Austin Hayes establish on Yeadon Site, an area with a strong military history, being used to manufacture Avro bombers during WWII. Our first work was the refurbishment of military helmet.


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1960s

We began working in the refurbishment of ammunition containers


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1979

The Shah of Iran fell leading to cancellation of some large ammunition orders and an over-supply of refurbished packaging. At this time the MoD made the decision to use refurbished packaging wherever possible, including for the British army.


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1980

Austin Hayes began to use the processes and technology already established to work for the commercial market. Our first customer was Cameron (now One Subsea).


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2014

We opened a new division dedicated to the application of applying dry film coatings, also known as thin film.

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