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Cottam’s Cutting-Edge Leap


~Local University Joins Forces to Propel Offerings Forward!~

Cottam is thrilled to announce that it has been granted an Accelerated Knowledge Transfer (AKT) by Innovate UK, in collaboration with the esteemed team at Teesside University.

The collaboration commenced with a dynamic Discovery Day hosted at COTTAM HQ, where both teams delved into the realm of ‘brushy innovation.’ Together, they discussed avenues to enhance and refine brush techniques for pipeline cleaning and inspection, while also brainstorming strategies for the development of ground-breaking products tailored for pipelines.

Under the guidance of Teesside University, students will now embark on assessing the feasibility of novel production methods for brush manufacturing, employing data-driven digital modelling techniques.



Established in 1858, Cottam Brush Ltd has grown from a small workshop in Samuel Cottam’s Sunderland home, to one of the world’s foremost designers and manufacturers of trade, industrial and specialist brushes. Family-run for six generations, Cottam Brush is a product of the North East’s industrial heartlands. With our historic connection to the shipyards, docks, foundries and mines of the region, we’ve supplied local businesses, artisans and industries for more than 160 years. Starting by hand-making brushes for businesses in both the local area and across the country, our journey closely mirrors that of the people, city and country of which we’re a proud part.

Whether it’s our pioneering designs for the defence sector, products that clean subsea pipelines or brushes used to remove debris from gear cogs during the production of jet engines, we deliver on projects that demand ingenuity, precision and a faultless finish. From our home in the North East, we supply some of the world’s most prestigious companies with the precision-engineered custom brushes they need to get the job done. For six generations of Cottams, we’ve always striven for excellence. We aim to continue doing so for many generations to come.

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