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Materials Direct, The Company

Custom Manufacturing You Can Rely On

Providing Engineers with Tailored Manufacturing


Materials Direct is a division of Universal Science and was founded by James Stratford in April 2002. James is a design engineer himself and has worked in the thermal management of electronics markets, consulting with many of the well-known brands in electronics around Europe and global Multinationals.

Like many engineers, James found he could not get the materials needed to be made quickly and would often face long waiting times. For this reason, he set out to find a solution.

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Custom Cut Parts
For The Lowest Price, In The Fastest Time Possible

James founded Materials Direct and set out to create a service where engineers and electricians could get the materials they needed, when they needed, without it costing a fortune.

The need for technical materials to be delivered quickly was answered by Materials Direct with its new online custom ordering system, which allows its customers to order custom-designed parts quickly, and with no extra cost.

Universal Science

Universal Science is the mothering company of Materials Direct and has an established history in two defined areas of operation; thermal management of electronic assemblies and LED lighting assemblies.

With 19 years in operation, Universal Science has become a global organisation. Established in 2002, their team of experts have 29 years of experience in thermal management and LED lighting solutions.

Sustainable Manufacturing

At Materials Direct, we are not only working to provide customers with high-quality and convenient manufacturing service, but we are also working hard to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

To reduce the amount of waste that occurs during production, we only send the materials that the customer requires. We then make parts from the remaining materials for other customers. This allows us to reduce the cost price to customers as they only pay for what they receive; whilst also reducing waste, as no scrap is left unused.

tooling cost

No Tooling Charge
There is NEVER a tooling charge for manufacturing

fast manufacture

Fast Manufacturing
Parts made & shipped worldwide in as little as 24 hours


Technical Support
Technical expertise available from our specialists


100% Payment Secure
We ensure secure payment with SagePay

Getting You The Materials You Need,
When You Need Them

Unlike other manufacturing companies, Materials Direct Promises to get you the custom cut parts you need in the quickest time possible.

We can get custom parts made and shipped within 24 hours when the materials are in stock and will NEVER charge for tooling. This saves you both time and money on parts that made to your own specification.

Materials direct partners with top brands in the industry, ensuring that that you only receive high quality materials from the suppliers you trust.

Instant Quotes
Purchasing Made Easy

The main problem for design engineers and purchasing has been until now the quick supply of parts as often the custom pad is one of the last items to be specified in the design of an Electronic assembly.

Materials Direct not only provides an instant quote but gives the buyer the offer of uploading their custom design for it to be manufactured within 24hours if the material is in stock.


step 1 quote
Get an online quote
for the part / gasket


step 2 approve
Upload your design
and approve


step 3 pay
Place and pay
for your order


step 4 deliver
Parts dispatched to you
in as little as 24 hours.

Custom Cut Materials

Materials Direct is approaching this market in a way that is easy to order and specify in Electronics across all industries. Customers who need a certain brand of material that does not appear on the site can apply for us to add this stock to the site’s portfolio based on potential usage.

Quality Assured

We Provide Technical Materials from Trusted Brands

You’ll find a wide range of technical materials at Materials Direct. We cater for the conversion of sheet materials into custom parts such as custom pads, gaskets, and standard shapes to suit applications in both the electrical and engineering sectors. We only source these materials from trusted brands.

  • Marien Chevennement
    Very fast reply, very good order following and delivery in 24H. to recap a verry good experience with Materials Direct for a verry urgent need. I recommend a lot.
    Marien Chevennement
    Schneider Electric
  • Engineer, Rolls Royce
    'Having the ability to be supplied with precision cut materials for prototypes within 2 days has been excellent!’
    Engineer, Rolls Royce
  • Buyer, Eaton Aerospace
    'We have the need for small to medium batch sizes of various technical materials and Materials Direct have been highly responsive to our urgent needs'
    Buyer, Eaton Aerospace
  • Design Engineer, Philips
    ‘We have had to change our designs in the development stages three times. Materials Direct did not charge for these changes as the sizes stayed the same. Excellent!’
    Design Engineer, Philips
  • Quality Manager, GEC
    ‘Precision and high quality of parts received have been consistently to a high standard.’
    Quality Manager, GEC
  • Buyer, Selectronic
    'Buying online with Materials Direct has proven to be more efficient in time and deliveries, especially when scheduling future orders.’
    Buyer, Selectronic

Our Partners

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logo 0001 Saint Gobain
logo 0002 Jungbecker
logo 0003 covestro
logo 0004 Laxalite
logo 0005 Bright View
logo 0006 luminit
logo 0007 Burgquist
logo 0008 du pont
logo 0009 3m
logo 0010 Laird
logo 0011 universal science

All of our suppliers are stakeholders as they get their products into designs in the quickest possible way. We offer their most used materials as well as showcase their new products. If you are a supplier and wish to be included on our website please feel free to contact us and apply.

Explore Our Product Range

Materials Direct offers a wide range of products to suit your electrical and engineering specifications.

Thermal Interface Materials

Thermal Interface materials allow design engineers to create better designs with more complete thermal management, starting at the device level.

Tapes & Adhesives

For a wide variety of applications including installation, repair, insulating, reinforcement, bonding, chemical and paint masking, and erosion protection.

Sealing Gaskets

At Materials Direct we offer a wide range of sealing gasket materials and parts, custom cut to meet a wide range of applications.

LED Optical Materials

Materials that help you to enhance the performance and durability of your LED lighting assemblies; from Light shaping to LED protection.

EMI / RFI Shielding

A wide range of our technical materials deliver high-quality EMI / RFI shielding to your applications or can be specially coated to do so.

Electrical Insulators

Materials Direct offers an extensive range of electrical insulation materials that protect against interference, short circuits, and from heat.

Supplying Technical Materials

To a Range of Sectors

Each sector has its own unique requirements and specifications. Materials Direct works to ensure that each sector we supply to, receives the highest quality and best-performing products in relation to their industry and specific need.



The Aerospace industry demands the highest performing, most reliable technical materials to protect their electronic assemblies.


Automotive / EV

Automotive applications range from Engine management systems to motor drive controllers and custom-made gaskets and pads.



Industrial electronics are robust, have long lifetimes, are cost-sensitive, and suitable for use within difficult environments.

LED Lighting

LED Lighting

Sufficient thermal management in LED lighting can preserve longevity, increase reliability and optimise performance.



Materials used in military applications need to be of the highest quality and performance, often very rugged to very exacting standards.



Coupling discreet heat-generating semiconductors to heatsinks remains commonplace in power supply assemblies.

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