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Sigmund Pumps

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of Team Valley, Gateshead; and Reading

1937 Company founded.

1947 Private company.

1958 Acquired by Booker McConnell Group including subsidiaries Small Bore Heating Systems and Crewdson Hardy[1]

1961 Engineers, pumping and irrigation specialists and manufacturers of pumps, acid resisting, automatic, barrel, bilge, boiler-feed, draining, centrifugal circulating, process pumps, and ThermoPak. 850 employees. [2]

1961 Another pump company, Pulsometer Engineering Co, joined the Booker McConnell Group. 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[3]

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[4]

1986 SPP acquired Henry Sykes, pump maker, which had a factory in Gloucestershire[5]. 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[6]

1988 Godiva Fire Pumps Co was part of SPP when it was acquired by Braithwaites, engineering and cleaning equipmnt group[7]

Now known as SPP Pumps, it is owned by Kirloskar Brothers Ltd[8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Oct 20, 1958
  2. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  3. The Times, May 11, 1970
  4. The Times, Nov 08, 1985
  5. The Times, September 05, 1986
  6. The Times, September 18, 1986
  7. The Times, April 29, 1988
  8. [1] SPP Pumps History webpage