The Evolution of Power Utilities Group: A Journey from 1934 to Modern Day

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Founded in 1934, Power Utilities Group, originally known as The Power Utilities Supply Co. Ltd., embarked on a mission to supply ancillary equipment to the power station generating industry in the UK and abroad. From its humble beginnings, the company expanded its operations and influence, particularly within Commonwealth countries such as South Africa and India.

Expanding Horizons: New Ventures and Subsidiaries

To bolster its supply chain and offer specialised services, Power Utilities Group established several wholly owned companies, including:

– Boiler Plant Equipment Ltd.

– Industrial Utilities Ltd.

– Instrument Erectors Ltd.

Furthermore, the company incorporated additional associated companies to enhance its product and service offerings:

– LaMont Steam Generator Ltd.

– Riley (IC) Products Ltd.

– International Combustion Ltd.

– Dresser Inc. (Ashcroft Instrumentation)

– Senior Platecoil Ltd.

These expansions allowed Power Utilities Group to provide a comprehensive range of products and services to the power station industry, solidifying its position as a key player in the market.

Anecdotal Evolution: From the 1950s to the 1990s

The operational landscape of Power Utilities Group from the 1950s through the 1990s was markedly different from today. This period was characterised by:

– Lack of Modern Technology: No computers or mobile phones, and extensive use of shorthand typists, telex machines, and stencils for printing.

– Strict Work Environment: A five-and-a-half-day working week, stringent timekeeping, no home working, and limited bank holidays (with New Year’s Day and 1st May being working days until the 1970s).

– Economic Challenges: The three-day week in 1973/74, record inflation rates up to 25% in the 1970s, and the challenges of unreliable motor vehicles.

These anecdotes highlight the resilience and adaptability of the company and its workforce in the face of numerous challenges.

Modern Day and Looking Forward

Today, the operational environment of Power Utilities Group has evolved significantly with advancements in technology and changes in workplace culture. The strict, manual processes of the past have given way to digital solutions and more flexible working conditions, reflecting broader industry trends.

Power Utilities Group’s journey from its inception in 1934 to the present day is a testament to its adaptability and commitment to excellence. By continually expanding its offerings and embracing change, the company has not only survived but thrived, maintaining a robust presence in a highly competitive market.

Our business now consists of five key operating divisions that operate across a range of applications. Namely;

Aercon – providing the highest quality air pressure stabilisers and pressure relief valves in an ever evolving market.

Filterserve  – a fully comprehensive service, providing unparalleled quality filtration products from genuine world renowned brands to meet their filtration needs in an ever evolving market. 

Non-Wovens – best in class filter consumable solutions and services for their filtration needs in an ever evolving market.

Metal Technique – specialists in precision metal manufacturing and fabrication.

Toolmarque – specialises in supplying premium tool storage boxes, accessories and a high-quality range of our foam toolsets.

For more detailed insights into our journey and current operations, feel free to get in touch.

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