Two Well-Known Brands Unite

Tony Willicombe, Nick Long, Paul Matthews and Alun Hobbs, outside the GBVG facility in South Wales.

Two well-known brands in the UK valve industry have recently been brought together as subsidiaries of a newly formed parent company, The Great British Valve Group (GBVG).

The current group structure consists of three BVAA members; Hobbs Valve Ltd (HVL), Cambrian Valves Ltd (CVL), and Hobbs Precision Engineering Ltd (HPE) plus a new start-up company HVG Techno Ltd (HVGT).

In addition to these four great companies, and with secured financial backing, GBVG are negotiating acquisitions, mergers, and new start-ups and are actively seeking targets from within the UK valve industry, with a view to growing its UK manufactured product range to support the products currently offered by HVL. Outside of the valve industry UK targets are being sought to bolster the supply chain activities that support valve and associated equipment manufacture. The kind of which will be: design, engineering, machining, fabrication, metal forming, metal casting, paint and packing all being key elements for consideration.

GBVG’s vision is to become a global supplier valued for its high quality, technically advanced products and excellent customer service, delivered by a loyal, technically knowledgeable workforce and an experienced, highly focused management team. The group is committed to developing its people, products, supply chain partners, business processes and operational capability to enable it to excel in customer service, employee engagement, growth and financial performance. Group Chairman Alun Hobbs is supported by Group MD Tony Willicombe (far left).

HVL will continue to manufacture its industry-leading TOV in the UK and is adding valves such as double offset, concentric and ball valves due to launch in the first quarter of 2018. Tony Willicombe is currently HVL’s MD.

CVL will continue to service customers with their rapid supply of valve related products, underpinned by a growing list of globally manufactured reputable Brands exclusive to CVL. Paul Matthews (second right) is MD of CVL.

HVGT are manufacturers of Subsea and filtration equipment, placing an emphasis on bespoke design and manufacture of equipment such as; Filtration, Separation, Test & Flushing Systems - Subsea PLEMs, PLETs and Manifolds – and Skid based packages. Nick Long (pictured) heads up the design and innovation that underpins HVG Techno’s products. Nick is currently GBVG Group Technical Authority.

HPE formerly the in-house machining division of Hobbs Valve has recently been spun-out with additional Design Engineering capabilities, operating several seats of Solid-Works 3D software. The company is to expand by way of investment in Machine Tools and will offer its capacity to the valve industry for sub-contract supply of valve components. Andrew Williams GM heads up the company’s machining and design services.

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Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 42

Autumn 2018 // Issue 46
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