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Sigmund Pulsometer Pumps

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1961 Booker McConnell Group, which already owned Sigmund Pumps, acquired another pump company, Pulsometer Engineering Co. This combination created one of the largest pump companies in Europe, which became known as Sigmund Pulsometer Pumps, or SPP for short.

1970 Booker Group sold the Gateshead part of SPP to Ingersoll-Rand of USA[1]

1983 SPP was bought out of the Booker Group

1985 SPP was floated as a public company, with emphasis on marketing of pumps rather than manufacturing; one of its suppliers was Kirloskar of India which owned 5 percent of the company[2]

1986 SPP acquired Henry Sykes, pump maker, which had a factory in Gloucestershire[3]. This acquisition expanded SPP's product range with the addition of vacuum assisted self-priming pumps. SPP moved its manufacturing site from Reading to a more modern facility in Coleford.

1986 Acquired American Fire Pumps of Tennessee[4]

1988 Godiva Fire Pumps Co was part of SPP when it was acquired by Braithwaites, engineering and cleaning equipmnt group[5]

Now known as SPP Pumps, it is owned by Kirloskar Brothers Ltd[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 11, 1970
  2. The Times, Nov 08, 1985
  3. The Times, September 05, 1986
  4. The Times, September 18, 1986
  5. The Times, April 29, 1988
  6. [1] SPP Pumps History webpage