Vacuum presses, materials, Veneering and Laminating services


What we do

Make things

Teach  things

Help you make money

help you pass exams

Sell everything you need

give stuff away


Suck lots of air out of .....

solve problems (for you!)

Take on problems (for us!)

Face the day’s challenges


Drink lots of tea & Coffee

(thank you Kerry!)

Say ‘yes’ rather than ‘no’

Have fun!

Bagpress is a UK based company, set up in 2001, specialising in the process of vacuum pressing. As far as we are aware, Bagpress is the only company in the world that not only sells vacuum press equipment but also uses it daily on a commercial basis. We vacuum pressed several thousand panels every year, of all shapes and sizes, construction and surface finish. With approximately 75% of the company’s turn over being derived from sub-contract manufacturing activities, if you buy a vacuum press from Bagpress, you have access to, probably, the best vacuum pressing technical support line anywhere on earth.

Our product range has developed and grown with the experience gained in our own workshops. We take a commercial view in all the advice we give and prefer to offer recommendations based on this experience rather than regurgitating ‘accepted wisdom’. For example, we press and veneer nearly all non-structural panels using a high grade D3 PVA rather than a UF or Resorcinol resin. PVAs have improved dramatically in recent years to the degree that they are the ideal adhesives for vast majority of vacuum press requirements. We do employ other adhesives when the job specification demands such as when there a fire retardancy standard to be reached or if the component is going to form a structural element.

Bagpress has also pioneered the use of extruded polystyrene as the ideal material for vacuum press tooling and offer a CNC hot wire cut mould making service. You can now build accurate costs for tooling into your quotations and, when you win the job, just order the moulds and two or three days later they arrive ready to go! Lightweight, extremely accurate and with centre lines and other reference marks permanently cut into the foam block as part of the CNC cut process. See the Styromould page for further details and examples of pricing.

We hope that you find the information on this site interesting and useful but if you have any questions that aren’t addressed here, please feel free to call or email for further advice.

About Bagpress

Our stand built for the Grand Designs Exhibition 2008
FramePress Pro Bagpress vacuum press system
A display of curved and veneered drawer front panels