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Severn acquires Leeds Valve

07 August 2012 at 15:35

Engineering specialist Severn Glocon Group has taken over butterfly valve manufacturer Leeds Valve for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition complements and adds a new dimension to Severn Glocon Group’s global business in valve engineering, manufacture and supply. It will act as a platform from which the Group can strategically develop its capability and extend its product portfolio.

Leeds Valve, formerly part of Wärtsilä, is a world leader in the manufacture of large diameter, high-pressure, high-temperature butterfly valves for severe service applications. It produces control and isolation butterfly valves in exotic materials such as Hastelloy®, Titanium, Monel®, Duplex and Superduplex.

Severn Glocon Group will acquire all Leeds Valve’s Intellectual Property Rights and 18 employees – including technical experts. The business will operate as part of the Group’s Severn Unival division which specialises in advanced technical advisory services, as well as control valve service, repair and manufacture.

“This is a mutually beneficial acquisition,” explains Colin Findlay, Managing Director of Severn Unival. “With our well-established routes to market we expect to significantly boost the order book of Leeds Valve in a short period of time. Bringing butterfly valve manufacture in-house enables us to ensure the valves we supply meet the exacting criteria that underpin our world-class positioning. Leeds Valve has a strong capability profile and a proven track record. Our businesses are a good fit, and we are very optimistic about the future.”

The Severn Glocon Group won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International trade in 2011, and the Group employs 500 people worldwide. More information is available at

Severn Glocon Group announces subsea acquisition

07 August 2012 at 14:18

Valve engineering specialist Severn Glocon Group announces today that it has acquired LB Bentley Ltd for an undisclosed sum as it seeks to diversify its offering and make inroads to the subsea market.

LB Bentley designs and manufactures small bore subsea valves for the global oil and gas industry, as well as high-pressure filters and desiccant dryers – also for a worldwide market. The firm’s core business is in patented valves – including rotary gate valves - for Christmas tree and Wellhead applications. It has expected sales of £22m in fiscal 2012. 

In the friendly deal, Severn Glocon Group acquires all Intellectual Property Rights, the firm’s 154 employees and its 60,000 square foot facility in Stroud, Gloucestershire. The company will operate as a standalone division within Severn Glocon Group, with Director Bernard Bentley continuing to lead his management team.

Severn Glocon Group’s Chief Executive, Maurice Critchley, believes there is a synergy between the two businesses and that the acquisition will bring mutual benefits.

“In 40 years of trading, LB Bentley has built an enviable reputation for the quality and integrity of its products,” Critchley explains. “The business has a good fit with Severn Glocon Group and our intelligence-led engineering ethos. We expect to grow and develop LB Bentley’s business with the help of our well-established global infrastructure and routes to market.

Severn Glocon Group is a major manufacturer of specialised control and choke valves and a provider of valve aftermarket services for the oil and gas, LNG and processing industries.  This strategic acquisition enhances the Group’s core capabilities and will further strengthen its global positioning.

The Group operates from manufacturing sites in Gloucester & Huddersfield (UK) as well as Chennai (India), with seven service centres in the Middle East and Far East, together with 14 international sales offices. Recent major contract wins in the Middle East, China and Brazil will see Group sales in excess of £100m for fiscal 2012.

In a separate recent transaction, Severn Glocon Group acquired specialist butterfly valve manufacturer Leeds Valve from Flow Group, a division of Wärtsilä.

The Severn Glocon Group won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International trade in 2011, and the Group now employs 800 people worldwide. More information is available at

Severn Ball Valves launches ‘Severn’ valves manufactured

07 August 2012 at 13:59

Global isolation valve specialist Severn Ball Valves, part of Severn Glocon Group, is now supplying a new ‘Severn’ range of highly-specified gate, globe and check valves from the Saudi Aramco-approved manufacturer SUFA Technology Industry Company.

Stock is available from each of Severn Ball Valves’ trading hubs, strategically located in Aberdeen, Dubai and Perth (Australia) to serve the international market.

Engineers have conducted extensive due diligence to underpin an assurance that the valves meet the exacting standards demanded by all Severn Glocon Group companies. Their inspection and testing procedures prove that the quality of the valves is beyond reproach. The valves meet or exceed requirements for applications associated with industries including oil and gas production, LNG processing and nuclear.

SUFA’s 60-year heritage, ISO quality certifications and association with the Nuclear Authority further reinforce the valves’ superiority. Each valve will be produced under agreement with Severn Ball Valves, as well as being tested and inspected in-house by the specialist’s experienced engineers before despatch.

“Severn Ball Valves was established to offer good quality, reliable isolation valves backed up with engineering intelligence,” says Colin Findlay, Managing Director of Severn Ball Valves. “Our arrangement with SUFA proves that good value and exceptional quality can go hand-in-hand. When you have the technical knowledge and expertise to enhance the selection process, it is possible to offer traded goods with absolute confidence in their performance. These isolation valves will enable our customers to initiate cost-effective, technically-assured upgrades at their facilities.”

Severn Ball Valves stocks a wide range of isolation valves, including high-end European-sourced trunnion-mounted ball valves and MARS Valve floating ball valves. Further information is available at

Severn Ball Valves is part of Severn Glocon Group. For further information, please visit:

The Severn Glocon Group employs 800 people across the world and was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2011.

Severn Unival returns to Brighouse roots

07 August 2012 at 13:57

Valve engineering specialist Severn Unival will move from Milford Street, Huddersfield to a new, purpose-built 50,000 square foot premises on Birds Royd Lane in Brighouse later this year.

The entire 84-strong workforce will relocate as part of the £2.5m expansion that includes the development of a dedicated Valve Research & Innovation Centre. All valve manufacture, engineering and administrative services will be based in Brighouse and the creation of new jobs is anticipated in the near future. 

Returning to Brighouse coincides with the firm’s 30-year anniversary. The company began life there - at Phoenix Works - in 1982, trading as Unival Controls and employing four people. It moved to Milford Street in 1995 and was acquired by Severn Glocon Group in 1998.

“Moving back to Brighouse marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Severn Unival,” says Colin Findlay, Managing Director at Severn Unival. “We pride ourselves on our world-class engineering skills, and now we will have world-class facilities to boot. The future is looking very bright – we have a healthy order book and our new premises will enable us to broaden our horizons and explore new opportunities.

“Naturally we feel some sadness leaving Huddersfield after 13 successful years, but the time is right to move on. We will continue to work closely with Huddersfield University and Kirklees College for recruitment, and to support trainee and apprenticeship initiatives.”

Craig Whittaker, the Member of Parliament for Calder Valley is delighted to welcome the return of Severn Unival to its grass roots in Brighouse later in the year. When recently approached Craig said, “I am delighted that a dedicated Valve Research and Innovation Centre will be based in Brighouse, this is welcome news to the area and I hope that this will lead to the creation of additional jobs for the local people of Brighouse. I would like to wish the company every success for the future and wish them the very best with their move.”

Severn Unival has been seeking suitable premises in order to extend and enhance its operations for the past two years. An intended move to Bradford Road in Huddersfield was recently abandoned, despite support from Kirklees MC. The firm began to look further afield for its new home, with the help of Hanson & Co, Younger Developments and Shearwater Rock.

2011 was a landmark year for Severn Unival. It completed a successful bid for a Regional Growth Fund grant and it played a pivotal role in Severn Glocon Group being awarded a coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.  The firm works with major players in the energy industries to develop highly-engineered valves and valve management solutions.

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CNR International appoints Severn Unival

07 August 2012 at 13:51

CNR International (UK) Ltd (CNR) has awarded engineering specialist Severn Unival a three-year contract to manage control and choke valve populations across its five North Sea platforms.

Severn Unival’s brief is to ensure that the control and choke valves on these mature assets operate effectively and efficiently to support productivity and satisfy KP4 Health & Safety objectives associated with ageing platforms.

The contract, which was won following a competitive market tender, demonstrates CNR’s ongoing confidence in the quality of Severn Unival’s technical support. It will run back-to-back with a previous three-year contract initially awarded in 2006, then lengthened with all available extension options.

CNR’s Instrument Technical Authority Craig Reid says it is Severn Unival’s intelligence-led engineering that sets it apart from the competition.

“Our objective is to extend the life of our North Sea assets to maximise profitability without compromising safety,” Reid explains. “Severn Unival’s philosophy is to consider each control valve individually as well as treating the population as a whole. This ultimately proves to be the most cost-effective approach. It underpins precise technical specifications that enable shrewd repair, retrofit and replacement activity.”

Andy Woodward, Sales Manager for North Sea Services at Severn Unival, believes that ageing assets require carefully prioritised maintenance routines to ensure safety, integrity and reliability. The firm’s extensive repair intelligence data, coupled with the expertise of its engineers, mean management work-lists are well-optimised to focus attention where it is most needed. 

“All North Sea operators are faced with the challenge of ageing assets,” Woodward explains. “CNR understands the importance of taking proactive measures to identify – and predict – potential ‘bad actors’ in order to optimise performance. Our considered approach to valve management means we offer tangible added value through exceptional technical support. I believe this is the secret to our enduring relationship with CNR, and it is a pleasure to work with such a like-minded organisation.”

CNR International is the international division of Canadian Natural Resources Limited, one of the largest independent crude oil and natural gas producers in the world. More information is available at:

Severn Unival is part of the Severn Glocon Group, for more information please visit:

The Severn Glocon Group employs 400 people across the world and was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2011.

Severn Unival Relocation Gathers Pace

07 August 2012 at 13:29

Severn Glocon Group today announces that newly acquired Leeds Valve (now Severn-Leeds Valve) will relocate to Brighouse along with Severn Unival’s 84-strong team, bringing the total new jobs coming to the town to 102.

Construction activity for the firm’s new purpose-built facility on Birds Royd Lane has now begun in earnest. Cranes and heavy plant equipment were delivered during July, and steel frames for the office building have been erected. The offices will continue to take shape during August with the internal fit-out scheduled to begin by early September.

Factory construction work will also begin shortly, with fit-out works commencing in October.

In total, the £2.5m factory and office development will measure 53,500 square feet. The premises will house a state-of-the-art Valve Research & Innovation Centre as well as valve manufacture, engineering and administrative services.

Timing-wise, activity is proceeding to plan, and the Severn Unival and Severn-Leeds Valve teams will integrate when they move to their new workplace in mid-December.

Severn Unival Managing Director Colin Findlay says the Severn Unival and Severn-Leeds Valve teams are ‘energised and excited’ at the thought of moving to the new facilities.

“This isn’t just an investment in the business, it is an investment in our people,” he explains. “Each and every one of our employees has played an important role in our on-going success. We think they will be proud of their new workplace, and we are very optimistic about our future in Brighouse. In recent weeks we have secured some significant contracts and relocating to larger premises will allow us to explore some exciting new opportunities.”

Severn Unival and Severn-Leeds Valve work with major players in the energy industries to develop highly-engineered valves and valve management solutions. Both businesses are part of the Severn Glocon Group which employs 800 people worldwide and won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2011.

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