World-class valve makers show off their work in Germany

Valve making at Blackhall Engineering

The strengths of Leeds City Region’s valve and pump makers have been showcased to international buyers and manufacturing CEOs at Valve World Expo 2018.

Exhibitor James Blackhall, Owner of Brighouse-based Blackhall Engineering, said:“It’s great to work with the City Region’s LEP to showcase the world-class capabilities we have in this part of the world. Here at Blackhall, we engineered the world’s largest water gate valves for use in Texas. They stand 100 feet tall and weigh 117 tonnes each. We also manufactured valves that control 60% of the water going into New York. From Leeds City Region we are enabling global infrastructure projects for mega cities.”

The purpose of the region’s presence is to meet new customers, increase exports and attract new investors. The event is the largest international trade exhibition for this sector and is held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Companies showcasing their products and capabilities with Leeds City Region included JB Valves, Blackhall Engineering, Brooksbank Valves and Valve Connect. Eight companies from the region exhibited; Advanced Actuators, Alco Valves, Brooksbank Valves, Gee Graphite, Koso Kent Introl, Severn Unival, Weir Flow Control and YPS Valves.

Roger Marsh, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, said: “Our aim was two-fold; to increase export prospects for our leading manufacturers of valves, pumps and supply chain whilst promoting investment opportunities to international companies with UK relocation plans. We have a world class cluster of manufacturers and the scale of their impact significant. Products made here are used around the world. Slurry pumps made by Weir Minerals in Todmorden are used in the world’s largest mines in Chile.”

With over 7,000 manufacturing businesses employing over 140,000 people, Leeds City Region offers investors access to an extensive supply chain, skilled workforce and Enterprise Zones offering business rate relief incentives.

The value of export has been highlighted in a recent LEP report which found that Leeds City Region exports goods worth £9.75 billion annually.  Additionally, a report by HMRC observed that in the year to June 2017, the overall value of Yorkshire and Humber trade in goods exported increased significantly by 13% compared with the same period to June 2016.