Founded in 1964 by engineers Les White and Jack Blackman, Blackman & White (BW) remains a family-owned company.

Based in Essex, England – in a town where sailing is the local sport – our roots are in sail making and the maritime industry. Yet during the last five decades we have worked with clients from industries as diverse as aerospace and fashion.

We’re proud of our heritage which has seen us create a unique range of high quality machinery with longevity; pioneer multi-tool laser cutters within the textile world and; launch specialist cutting tools for the filtration and graphics industries. We’re always looking for new ways to showcase our cutting expertise.

Timeline

1964
Blackman & White (BW) founded by Les White, an engineer with a special interest in machine tools, and electrical engineer Jack Blackman. (We’re still family-owned. Les’s son Alex is our MD).
1979
We designed a two-axis cutting table for our workshop. Launched as our first ever cutter, the AW80 debuted us as a machine tool manufacturer and sold worldwide.
1984
Requests from local sail makers led us to design and build the first Orion machine. This floor-mounted unit created the shapes required for sail making quickly and accurately and is the grandfather of today’s Orion range.
1995
We designed laser cutting systems to complement our Orion, Genesis and MasterCut blade cutters.
2002
We supplied our largest ever MasterCut machine measuring 260 metres long.
2003
We launched the first twin-headed simultaneous cut machine for the filtration industry.
2004
We launched the first ‘kiss cutting’, multiple tool head cutter, for working with vinyl in the graphics industry.
2005
Our stringing machine was created for sail makers requiring laminated strung sails.
2008
The Genesis Conveyor is born to help customers maximise floor space and increase productivity.
2009
Our dual gantry combined blade and knife cutter was developed to enable simultaneous knife and laser cutting.
2010
We launched our first abrading head for combined sanding, grinding and knife cutting on a vacuum conveyorised bed.
2010
The deep blade reciprocating knife cutter is launched for the caravan industry to tackle thick polysterene.
2012
We supplied machines for the Foxhound military vehicle project and create new innovations including the hybrid inkjet composite cutter so thousands of parts can be simultaneously cut and coded.
2012
We were shortlisted as finalists in The Manufacturer of the Year Awards for our design and innovation.
2013
The MasterCut Versa-Tech was created to fulfil the needs of the graphics market and features routing and multiple driven knife tool options.