Welcome to John Ayrey Die-Casts Ltd
Whether you are an existing customer, or have never dealt with us before, we hope that you will find something to interest to you on our web site.
Details of all the current model ranges we sell are shown in the Product Catalogue section. Please remember, we are TRADE ONLY. If you wish to purchase individual models, please see our Retailer directory.
The origins of the Company go back almost sixty years, to January 1950 when John Ayrey and his father opened their first model shop, only about a mile away from the present Shipley premises. From the earliest days they imported models into the UK from Germany and the rest of Europe. This included Eheim trolleybuses and Seuthe smoke systems amongst others.
The Company grew, opening additional Retail shops in Huddersfield, Leeds and Manchester. The retail shops were sold in the late 1970’s and the Company concentrated on the import and wholesale distribution of die-cast collector’s models.
The business was run by Mr Ayrey until his retirement at the end of 1996, when control of the business passed to the present Managing Director, Norman Hinchliffe. Norman first became involved with the business in the 1960’s, when he worked for Mr Ayrey in his retail shops.
The business is still very much a family affair, Norman and his wife Judith, and her brother Michael are the major shareholders of the Company and all three take an active role in the running of the business. In addition, Norman & Judith’s four children either are currently or have previously been involved in the running of the business, and all take a keen interest in the operation of the Company.
In March 2000 the Company opened a small ‘Cash & Carry’ showroom in Christchurch, Dorset, which proved very successful, and outgrew the initial premises. In April 2006 the Christchurch operation moved to much larger and more spacious premises at Three Legged Cross, just off the A31 near Ringwood, Dorset. These larger premises are able to stock and display a much wider range of product than was possible at the old Christchurch location.
The day to day running of the Shipley branch is in the capable hands of: Steve Driver (Sales Director), Neil Gill (Inventory Control Manager) and Daniel Blake (Logistics & IT Manager), whilst the Dorset branch is ably managed by Branch Manager Bill Troman.
Whilst John Ayrey retired from the business completely in 1996, he still takes a keen interest in the business and helps the staff in Dorset on a part time basis.
John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited
Discovery House, Unit 8a Sapper Jordan Rossi Park
Otley Road, Baildon, Bradford, West Yorkshire,
United Kingdom, BD17 7AX
Tel: 01274 594119 - Fax: 01274 531505
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John Ayrey Die-casts Ltd. Discovery House, Unit 8a Sapper Jordan Rossi Park, Baildon, BD17 7AX Registered in England and Wales Company No. 3234257