For over 35 years, Cochranes of Oxford has been helping people
to understand and enjoy our world through unique experiential teaching
products and original kite designs for fun and specialist uses.
Cochranes of Oxford works with schools and universities to design
and develop unique educational products. Ideas from teachers are
welcomed and where possible made real by the company.
The products cover pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary
education and focus on kits and equipment that help students learn
through hands-on experience and demonstration in science, maths,
design and construction. We make our products widely available through
our international distribution network of school supply and laboratory
catalogues, as well as directly to you via telephone and on-line.
Don Dunford MBE came to Cochranes to produce the Dunford Flying
Machine, the world's first two-line stunt-kite. The range grew with
more original Dunford designs. A more recent addition to the range
came from Kenneth Sams, inventor of the UFO SAM spinning kite -see
it to believe it!
Birds eat over 25% of the world's crops, so keeping the birds at
bay is an important task. With our leading edge design in kites
and the assistance of experts at Reading University, Cochranes developed
hawk-mimic kites that hovered in the sky for longer and scared birds
off crops for longer even in severe winter conditions. Our business
is based in rural West Oxfordshire and we have a testing-ground
where our kites fly for weeks on end.
Specialist and Custom Products
Your requirements are often unique, or you require labelling or
customisation of the product. So, over the years we have also developed
and produced a wide range of special products for individual customers
from specialist laboratory equipment to unusual flying toys and
super-sized DNA models.
If you have an idea you want made real, do contact
us, however, please realise that we cannot take forward all
Founded by Ralph Cochrane, in 1962, the business is now in its
third generation. Working from the Cotswolds, near Oxford in England,
the business is family run, providing useful employment for local