Connecting exporters from the Leeds City Region

Manufacturer of world’s largest water gate valve part of Expo delegation

A West Yorkshire manufacturer which developed the world’s largest water gate valve joined a delegation last month aiming to improve export prospects and boost investment opportunities for similar firms to re-locate to the region.

Manufacturers of valves and pumps in the Leeds City Region showcased their work to global buyers and manufacturing CEOs at this month’s Valve World Expo 2018. The reason for the region’s presence was to connect with new customers, boost exports and attract fresh investors. The Expo is the sector’s largest international trade exhibition and is held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

JB Valves, Blackhall Engineering, Brooksbank Valves and Valve Connect all put their products and capabilities on show with Leeds City Region, amongst others. A total of eight companies from the region exhibited at the event; Advanced Actuators, Alco Valves, Brooksbank Valves, Gee Graphite, Koso Kent Introl, Severn Unival, Weir Flow Control and YPS Valves. The trade fair is made up of 12,500 delegates and 700 exhibitors, representing over 40 countries.

James Blackhall, owner of Brighouse-based firm Blackhall Engineering, said: “It’s great to work with the 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 valve for Texas. They stand 100 feet tall and weigh 117 tonnes each. We also manufactured valves that control 60 per cent of the water going into New York. From Leeds City Region we are enabling global infrastructure projects for mega cities.”

Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, Roger Marsh, said: “Our aim is 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.”