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Clyde Blowers

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1946. Hydraulically-Operated Soot Blower.
1951. Soot blowers for boilers.

of Livingstone Street, Clydebank, Glasgow.

1934 Private company incorporated to make soot blowers[1]

1945 Advert for soot blowers for boilers.[2]

1959 Public company; shares floated on the Stock Exchange

1960 Advert for soot blowers.[3]

1992 Jim McColl, a one time Weir Group apprentice, bought 29.9 percent of the equity[4] and took charge. Over the next five years he focussed the company, realised peripheral assets and made 7 acquisitions.

1994 Acquired the vacuum divisions of Sturtevant Welbeck and renamed Clyde Sturtevant. The Sturtevant Brighton plant was closed with their assets eventually transferred to Clyde Material Handling Ltd. which organized a new Sturtevant vacuum division at South Yorkshire.

1999 Private company - McColl purchased the shares which had fallen substantially after the crisis in Asia.

2007 Weir Group sold its Glasgow-based business Weir Pumps to Clyde Blowers plc, with the pump company subsequently being renamed as Clyde Pumps

2008 Clyde Blowers acquired Textron Fluid and Power Inc, including David Brown Hydraulics

2008 Clyde Union Pumps was formed by the merger of Clyde Pump and Union Pumps in November 2008 when the diverse portfolio of technologies, process knowledge and engineering expertise of both businesses were brought together. It incorporates the product heritage of Weir Pumps, Union Pump, Mather and Platt, DB Guinard Pump and David Brown Pumps

2011 Clyde Union Pumps was sold to SPX Corporation.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 21, 1959
  2. * Mechanical World Year Book 1945. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p47
  3. * Mechanical World Year Book 1960. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p12
  4. The Times, June 28, 2003
  • ClydeUnion -