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Pump and Winch manufacturer, of 67 Upper Thames Street, London.
1857 Company established beside the Thames by 35 year old Henry Sykes, who had come to London from Sheffield and established a small engineering business in Upper Thames Street.
Late 19th century: Henry Sykes worked on high profile Thames pumping schemes
1868 Moved to 66 Bankside, Southwark; began construction of the deep well pumps with which Sykes' name was to become closely associated. Produced portable vertical steam engines, portable engines and boilers, friction hoists and pumps.
1879 Henry Sykes died; his wife, Margaret, took over the business
1886 Henry Sykes Junior, eldest son of Henry Sykes, took control of the business; his cousin, Edmund Jackson, joined the business and contributed strongly for the next 40 years, designing pile-driving winches, contractors' pumps, and the Tripulse - a three throw bucket pump.
1897 Limited company
1899 Headquarters located at 66 Bankside
WWI designed and built special rolling-friction winches used for a large number of "Kite Balloons", which were used for observation work.
1928 Acquired 51 acres of land on the Greenwich marshes at Charlton.
1930 Supplied plant which was used to build foundations for Ford's new motor works on the marshes in Dagenham
WWII Supplied a large number of winches for the erection of steel masts on the East and South coasts for radar installations. Sykes's Pumps were supplied at short notice to float the Mulberry Harbours when the MOD's pumps failed to do the job.
1957 The Univac pump was introduced which solved many pumping problems considered almost insoluble.
1961 Introduced a fleet of self priming Univac pumps
1972 Sykes Pumps introduced submersible pumps
1977 Hanson disposed of its holding. The company was then listed on the London Stock Exchange
1983 Acquired by US conglomerate Alco Standard
1986 Acquired from Alco Standard Group by SPP. This acquisition expanded SPP's product range with the addition of vacuum assisted self-priming pumps. It was around this time that SPP moved its manufacturing site from Reading to a more modern facility in Coleford, in the West of England.
1989 Formation of Andrews Sykes Hire Ltd
2003 Sykes Pumps introduced "super silenced pumps".