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Cockayne has been the market-leading manufacturer of filling and disgorging solutions to the whisky industry for 50 years. That expertise has now been significantly enhanced and we’re providing intelligently engineered process control systems to clients across the world.

The original business of JE Cockayne Limited was founded in 1965 and quickly established a reputation as the leading manufacturer of cask filling and disgorging solutions to the whisky industry. In 2016, the company was sold and, after a number of difficult years, it went into liquidation in August 2019. The intellectual property, including all designs, software and technical knowledge, was acquired by Cockayne Systems Limited, a joint venture between Edwards and DPS Group.

Edwards Engineering has strong mechanical and structural engineering experience across several industries, while DPS Group is a leading automation and controls company that has established OEM partnerships with Siemens, Rockwell Automation and Schneider Electric. Together, Edwards and DPS have more than 70 years’ combined experience of serving customers in the whisky, brewing, steel, pharmaceuticals, food, power, water, oil and gas sectors.

The support and experience of the owners means that Cockayne now has strong resources and complementary expertise to offer our clients.

Learn more about Cockayne Systems, the products that we offer, and how we’ve supported the whisky industry for more than 50 years, in our explainer animation:


Our mission at Cockayne is to be the best automated distillery maturation systems provider in Scotland and the UK, and we’re now also supplying other areas of the globe, offering products, systems, technical support and after-sales services that are second to none.

Our market-leading knowledge of primary measurement instrumentation and industry-standard PLC/SCADA systems allows us to offer comprehensive packages of solutions to our clients. And although we work closely with many major manufacturers, and have close partnerships with Siemens and Rockwell Automation, our independence as a business means we can provide the best technical solution to suit your specific circumstances and objectives.

The talented Cockayne team has re-energised business, combining 50 years of engineering expertise with the leadership of experienced directors and managers who are driving an emphasis on innovation and outstanding customer service. We are working closely with clients old and new, helping you to solve your process and engineering challenges.

Do get in touch to discover how we may be able to help you.