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Spirax-Sarco Engineering

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1959 Spirax-Sarco floated on the London Stock Exchange as Spirax-Sarco Engineering Ltd.

1960 Introduced a range of self-acting pressure controls for the first time.

1961 Specialists in industrial heat control, producing "Spirax" steam traps, "Sarco" temperature controllers and "Ogden" automatic pumps. 350 employees. [1]

1963 Acquired Drayton Controls, a control valve and instrumentation business.

Subsequently acquired:

1982 Re-registered as a public company Spirax-Sarco.

1982 Turnover was over £43 million; 2,250 staff employed. Specialists in fluid control equipment. In twelve years grew from 8 overseas subsidiaries to 25.[2]

1990 The Company diversified into pump manufacturing when it bought Watson-Marlow

Subsequently expanded the pump range by purchasing:

  • Bredel Hose Pumps BV, the world leader in high-pressure hose pumps
  • Alitea, a Swedish manufacturer producing small precision pumps
  • Flexicon Liquid Filling of Denmark, maker of peristaltic-powered aseptic filling and capping systems;
  • MasoSine of Germany, manufacturers of rotary pumps for food and cosmetics.

2014 Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc. Revenue £678m. 70 operating units in 41 countries. Divisions are Spirax Sarco for steam specialties and Watson‑Marlow for niche peristaltic pumps and associated fluid path technologies. Eploy 4,800 persons.[3]

2021 Spirax Sarco Ltd website here.



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