About Us

LK is the oldest CMM manufacturer in the world. LK Tool Company Limited was founded in Derby, England in 1963 by Norman Key (former Rolls Royce engineer) and Jim Lowther (Norman’s father-in-law). It was a supplier of granite inspection tooling to the engineering industry and then became the innovator of the “Bridge Type” multi-axis coordinate measuring machine. LK started operating in the United States in 1983, capturing a large part of the automotive market for high volume production inspection systems. Since then, LK Metrology has been designing, manufacturing, and deploying CMMs throughout the world.

Throughout its history, LK has been recognized as a market leader and is credited with a long list of “firsts and successes” such as:

First to design a Bridge Type CMM
First OEM to integrate a computer with a CMM
First to develop inspection software specifically for CMM use
First to use all air bearing and granite guideways for stability and stiffness
First to use carbon fiber composite spindles
First to use microprocessor controlled drive systems
First to produce a High Accuracy, Horizontal Spindle CMM
First to produce a truly thermally stable CMM
Worked in partnership with Rolls-Royce Ltd to develop Renishaw’s  First Touch Trigger Probe for use on a CMM

Headquartered in Derby (UK), LK Metrology has Sales and Support offices in the UK, North America, China, Belgium, France, Germany and Italy.

The LK brand is renowned for its high quality innovative CMM products and excellent customer service serving industries such as automotive, aerospace, medical and electronics for almost 60 years.

 I would like to thank you and everyone at LK for keeping us up and running for 20 + years. LK has always provided us with excellent service and response over those years.

Richard N. Lippincott, CMM Technician of Henrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems

“I can’t say enough about the professionalism and speed in which things get done with the service side of LK.”

Herman Presley, Die Cast Quality Team Manager – Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC

“LK has responded to all of the calls made by BAE Systems and proven to be an excellent partner. On behalf of BAE systems I would like to thank all the staff at LK.”

Sham Desai, Engineering Process Improvement Lead – BAE Systems, Military Air and Information.

“On a personal note, I wanted to thank you for turning the job around for us so quickly, it is very much appreciated.”

Christian Evans, Product Evaluation – Southco Manufacturing Ltd.

“Just wanted to take the time and let you know that your engineer is doing a great job.  Just wanted to pass on my appreciation.”

Robert Moretti, Manufacturing Supervisor – Greene, Tweed & Co.