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Historic Sheffield manufacturer of precious metal alloys placed into administration

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Date Published: 27/10/2023

Thessco Ltd, manufacturers of brazing alloys and contact materials since 1760, was placed into administration on 26th October 2023 with Joanne Hammond and Kris Wigfield of Begbies Traynor appointed as joint administrators.

One of the world’s largest manufacturers of silver brazing alloys, metal joining products and industrial silver alloys, Thessco has its head office and production site in Royds Mills, Sheffield.

The company ceased to trade upon the appointment of administrators with the expected loss of all 47 jobs. The administrators are currently working to ensure the best return for creditors.

The company’s directors said: “It is with heavy hearts that we have been forced to make the decision to close Thessco Ltd in Sheffield, following a year of turbulent market forces. Spiralling energy prices, increased raw material costs and the significant rise in finance costs have all had a huge impact on the business.

“We would personally like to thank all our staff for their hard work and dedication, and all our customers and suppliers for their loyalty.”

Joint administrator Joanne Hammond said, “It is very said to see the demise of such a historic Sheffield business, but, unfortunately, market conditions make it unviable for it to continue. As well as supporting employees, we will be seeking the best return for creditors and anyone interested in purchasing plant or machinery should contact us.”

For further information about the administration, please contact Begbies Traynor at

The Attercliffe site has been occupied by Thessco, which was originally The Sheffield Smelting Company, since 1788. In recent years, it has developed to include the busy tenanted Solpro Business Park which will continue to operate as part of Solpro Manufacturing Limited, hosting a variety of businesses which all benefit from a secure site in an easily accessed area of Sheffield.

Thessco SAS in France will continue to serve all its traditional precious metal markets both within the EU and the UK. To find out more, contact

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Jo is a Licenced Insolvency Practitioner based in the Sheffield office.

Since qualifying as an Insolvency Practitioner in 2014, Jo has handled a large number of insolvency appointments and, more recently, has overseen the corporate case team in the Sheffield office. Jo has impressive technical knowledge and is adept at managing complex administrations and investigations, with particular expertise in bank-led work.

Jo has spent her entire career with the business having initially joined on work experience after leaving university in 2007.

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