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Plate heat exchanger exhibit at the National Brewery Centre.
Detail. Exhibit at the National Brewery Centre.

of Wandsworth Park.

of Crawley (1950)

1910 Incorporation of a private company: Aluminium Plant and Vessel Co Ltd in Wandsworth, to apply a newly discovered method of welding aluminium[1]

1946 Public company

1947 Acquired Paramount Alloys Ltd[2]

1948 Change of name to The A.P.V. Company Ltd

1950 Ordinary share issue. Manufacturer of process plant and equipment in many non-ferrous metals for dairy, brewery, chemical, food, etc industries. Acquired new factory in Crawley to which the work would be transferred from the two sites in Wandsworth and one in Shepherd's Bush. Dr Richard Joseph Simon Seligman was chairman.

1960 Acquired Stainless Steel Plant Ltd[3]

1964 Acquired Spiro-Gills[4]

1966 acquired Kestner Evaporator and Engineering Co[5]

1966 Formation of Joint Venture with Bowser Corporation of Chicago: Bowser-A.P.V. Filtration[6]

By 1967 was APV Holdings, a holding company for processing and heat-transfer equipment

1967 APV acquired Clarke-Built Ltd and its subsidiary Clarke-Built (Williams), of Chiswick and Thetford[7]

1968 Acquired D. J. Osborne and Co, of Thornton Heath, maker of mixers which were largely complementary to those of APV-Kestner[8]

1969 Acquired L. A. Mitchell (Holdings) from S. Pearson[9]

1969 Other subsidiaries were Lennox Foundry Co, Clarke-Built Ltd, Stainless Steel Plant Ltd[10]

1970 Divisions exhibiting at ACHEMA were[11]:

1972 Acquired Burnett and Rolfe, engineer of process plant for the brewery, diary and chemical industries[12]

1974 Dr. K. A. G. Miller was appointed as managing director with effect from 1st June. Dr. Miller succeeded Mr. H. P. N. Benson who remained as deputy chairman of the company, and continued as deputy Chairman of APV Holdings and as group managing director. Dr. Willer also joined the APV Holdings board following his previous position as engineering adviser and head of engineering for ICI.

1976 Acquired Hall-Thermotank in an agreed bid[13]

1978 Acquired Carlson-Ford, maker of filter presses and filter media, from GKN; sold APV-Bowser Filtration to Keene Corporation, the licensor of its technology[14]

1986 Siebe bid for APV; Siebe already supplied gaskets to APV and saw potential for introducing advanced technology[15] but the bid failed.

1987 APV acquired Baker Perkins Holdings; the group was renamed APV Baker, and would cover every sector of food processing machinery, as well as other areas including rocket fuel and breathing systems for submariners[16]

1987 Sold Rose Bearings, acquired with Baker Perkins[17]

1989 Expansion into bottling machinery; sold the printing machinery business PMC acquired with Baker Perkins, which needed capital investment, to Rockwell; sold the plate heat exchanger factory at Crawley[18]

1992 Sold Vent-Axia to Smiths Industries, except for the industrial division at Milton Keynes[19]

1997 Siebe acquired APV plc.

2007 Invensys sold the APV business to SPX Corporation[20]

See also A. P. V. Co (Australia)

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Monday, Jul 03, 1950
  2. The Times Jul 03, 1950
  3. The Times, Oct 29, 1960
  4. The Times May 01, 1964
  5. The Times May 19, 1967
  6. The Times May 19, 1967
  7. The Times Jul 15, 1967
  8. The Times, Sep 30, 1968
  9. The Times Aug 01, 1969
  10. The Times, May 02, 1969
  11. The Times, Jun 15, 1970
  12. The Times, Sep 23, 1972
  13. The Times, Nov 17, 1976
  14. The Times, Oct 06, 1978
  15. The Times, April 25, 1986
  16. The Times March 17, 1987
  17. The Times December 14, 1987
  18. The Times, February 15, 1989
  19. The Times , December 02, 1992
  20. The Times, November 01, 2007