High quality shims from Stephens Gaskets

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Here at Stephens Gaskets Limited we have 70 years of experience in shim and foil manufacturing. We produce shims from a whole range of materials for a vast variety of applications. Not only do we provide shims UK we also supply shims to our customers worldwide and are confident we can provide the service you are looking for in terms of quality and pricing.

Quality control is of the utmost importance to the production of all the pressed parts and shims that we manufacture here at Stephens Gaskets, which is why we are proud to have ISO 9001:2000 accreditation. With the quality control procedures we have in place, our aim is to get it right first time so our shims are perfect for your requirements. We are based near Birmingham, West Midlands making us extremely central with great access routes. We are also very proud to say that all of our products are manufactured on site.


  • Shims, washers and foils are available in stock for standard sizes.
  • We can manufacture small one-off runs to repeat orders of thousands.
  • A custom made shim in any material can be manufactured.
  • Self adhesive backing and a laminated finish is also possible.


What is a shim?


The best way to describe a ‘shim’ is that it is essentially a ‘spacer’ or ‘washer’ which is a thin piece of material used between objects to fill small gaps and spaces. With the shim filling this gap it allows for a better fit, level surface and supports the object better, prolonging the lifespan of the machine / components. A shim has a large impact on the function, performance, and longevity of a piece of equipment. Although easy to overlook, they have the potential to greatly reduce costs.


Our shims and light pressings come in multiple materials and sizes. Each of these materials has a different shim washer property that enhances performance. As shim washer manufacturers, this versatility is our strength – we understand our customers’ requirements and the market.  

We manufacture shims and foil in a wide range of materials including:

  • Rubber
  • Foam
  • Plastic
  • Felt
  • Fabric
  • Leather
  • Aluminium
  • Brass
  • Many more


Brass shim washer properties include aspects such as non-sparking properties, which make brass shim washers very good for using in applications that have chemicals and explosive gases. Brass is also supple and has unique acoustic properties, so it can be used in sectors that manufacture electrical appliances. Elsewhere, aluminium is popular with industries that require shim washers that are non-magnetic; aluminium does not ignite easily, it has excellent thermal and electrical conductivity, reflects very well, and is corrosion resistant.

Plastic shims, meanwhile, are another type of shims, which are known for their durability. Most plastic can resist corrosive materials like oil. So they’re well known to customers for their long lasting application. Plastic shims are also very adaptable. They’re easy to trip and manipulate, which gives customers a far greater range of applications.

The different applications for our shims are endless, but a few typical uses are automotive, aerospace, construction, packaging, medical equipment and many more.

Here at Stephens gaskets shim manufacturing is something we are proud of. Our shims, washers and foils are available in stock for standard sizes, or we can offer a bespoke service for customized shims & Gaskets using any material with our state-of-the-art machines. We can manufacture small one-off runs to repeat orders of thousands. We can also offer self-adhesive backing and a laminated finish.

Stephens Gaskets Limited is a long-standing precision shim manufacturers having been established in 1947. Whatever your shim uses, we can cut material to size quickly and accurately for a quality product every time.  


Please call and speak to one of our team at Stephens Gaskets, who will be happy to assist you with anything you need.
For all your pressed part, foil and shim requirements please Contact us for a quotation.

Stephens Gaskets Limited
Units 1-4 Alston Road Oldbury Oldbury, West Midlands B69 2PP
Phone: 0121 544 5808 Fax:121 544 4188, E-mail: