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Severn-th heaven for valve firm after accolade

Staff at Severn Unival, Brighouse, celebrate winning their Queen's Award for Enterprise

Staff at Severn Unival, Brighouse, celebrate winning their Queen's Award for Enterprise

Brighouse-based valve engineering specialist Severn Unival has helped parent company Severn Glocon Group win its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in four years.

The award recognises the British manufacturer’s success from the past three years in overseas sales between 2010 and 2012.

Severn Unival’s own export sales played a key role in the success, increasing by 21.8 per cent to represent 35 per cent of total turnover during the three year period.

“The past three years have been the most dynamic in our 53-year history,” said CEO Maurice Critchley. “Many different strands of activity have come together, driving significant growth and success. I am proud to be at the helm of a progressive British engineering and manufacturing firm that delivers truly world class valve products and technical advisory services.”

Across the group, growth was accelerated by acquisitions of UK firms including butterfly valve specialist Leeds Valve, now trading as Severn Leeds Valve from Brighouse.

New developments in Australia, China, Brazil, India and Iraq were instrumental in the award win and established markets such as the Middle East also played a major role in overall international sales.

The company made advances with the relocation of established plant division Severn Unival to a purpose-built £2.5m premises in Brighouse, significant expansion of manufacturing facilities in India and installation of sophisticated testing and manufacturing equipment at the Gloucester headquarters.

A Regional Growth Fund grant enabled the opening of a dedicated valve innovation centre at the Brighouse site on Birds Royd Lane.

Severn Glocon Group won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2011.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise celebrates outstanding achievement by UK firms in the categories of innovation, international trade and sustainable development.

 

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