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Universal Metallic Packing Co

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Example Installation Duplex packing box drawing - typical stationary mill engine design from 1930s
1975. Brochure Cover.

Universal Metallic Packing Co of Beehive Mills, Longside Lane, Bradford

Engine component on steam engine. Exhibit at Queen Street Mill Museum.

1900/1901 The Universal Metallic Packing Co (UMP) was formed as a business entity when there was a demand for reliable seals due to the development of steam engines. Metallic seals were produced for the local industry: Cone rings replaced soft packings.

1913 Advert for metallic packing.

1917 Advert for packing.

1930 Production of seals for the shafts of marine screw propellers for deep sea fishing boats.

1940 Production of Marine sterntube seals for US-Marine Liberty boats.

1950 Production of packings with segmented ring. Design for higher pressure and temperature duties. PTFE blends started to replace bronze and white metal. Focus starts to change toward compressor seals.

1957-60 Acquired by Associated Engineering Group[1].

1970 UMP produced mainly seals, bearing and engine stanpipes for the marine sector.

1987 Became part of Turner and Newall (T&N).

1994 Purchased by Austrian engineering company HOERBIGER.

1998 UMP became HRPU - (Hoerbiger Rings and Packings UK).

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times 31 January 1958