Our History

UK Rigibore Office

Our History

Rigibore was founded in 1983 by Roger Bassett and initially produced the standard R & TR boring units and standard boring bars.  It is part of the Bassett Group which also incorporates R & R Bassett Engineering Ltd

Special Tool Design & Integrated Manufacturing

In time the company started to manufacture special boring tools and realised that they would have to change their method of manufacturing in order to be able to offer shorter delivery times and competitive pricing.  In 1991, the company purchased its first mill-turn machine, a Voest Alpine WNC 500S.

This machine speeded up the production of special tools to such an extent that a bottleneck appeared in the design and engineering of the tooling.  In 1995, Rigibore participated in the Teaching Company Scheme with Plymouth University and employed a software developer who with the Rigibore team developed RADS – Rigibore Advanced Design Software – a bespoke tool design software package which the company still uses today.  The use of this tool design software speeded up the process and eliminated the need to a large staff of design engineers.

A fully-integrated manufacturing system was developed over time linking RADS to Solidworks and to Edgecam for programming. RADS interfaces with modelling & CAM software to optimise the design & manufacture process.  With a high level of accuracy a 3D machining simulation ability enables automatic tool clash detection and other verifying functions and interacts with the manufacturing chain from the generation of the quote to the NC code.

Innovation, the use of technology and ‘thinking outside the box’ research and development have always been at the heart of Rigibore’s philosophy and operation.

Product development is key to Rigibore’s success and ability as a small company to succeed & excel in a highly competitive global marketplace.  Products like Smartbore and ActiveEdge, unique in the field of precision hole boring have to date not been rivalled by multi-national competitors.

Rigibore has been awarded some accolades over the years including:

2002 – Institute of Mechanical Engineers – The Foresight Award for the Best SME

2003 – Institute of Mechanical Engineers – Best Practice in IT, Best Practice in Customer Service

2011 – BAE Systems – Chairman’s Award – Bronze Award for Active Edge – ‘ Interesting but still boring ‘

2013 – The Queens Award for Enterprise – International Trade


The company is still family run and continues to strive for continuous improvements in all aspects of the business.

Company Details...

Registrations & Certifications

Registered in England : 01465509

VAT Registration: GB 168268668

EORI Number: GB 168268668000

Quality Registered to ISO9001:2008  Certificate Number: FM582798

Company Directors

Mr Roger Bassett

Mrs Rosemary Bassett

Mr Anthony Bassett

Mrs Suzanne Bennet

Mr Richard Bennet

 Registered Address

Guildford Road Industrial Estate

Hayle, Cornwall

TR27 4QZ

United Kingdom


Registrations & Certifications

Corporate Tax ID: 39-179-4696

Company Officers


Mr Roger Bassett

Mr Anthony Bassett, President

Registered Address

700 Swan Drive



Registrations & Certifications


SUPPLIER’S VAT TIN : 383749018

IEC CODE : 0713017082

Company Directors

Mrs Suzanne Bennet

Mr Roger Bassett

Mr Lalit Sharma

Registered Address

# 4/1 Brindavan
Millers Road
Bangalore 560052