Lister Petter

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Lister Petter is a British company that manufactures internal combustion engines for industry.

It was formed in 1986 from the merger of Petters Limited and R A Lister and Company. At that time the company was part of the Hawker Siddeley group, but today L-P is independent. Its products are small diesel engine market, ranging from single-cylinder water-cooled engines of 2.7 horsepower (the 'Zeta' series) up to the 64 horsepower (48 kW) 'Delta' engine. One higher-power engine of up to 335 horsepower (250 kW), the 'Omega' is also produced under licence. The engine designs range from more recent design high-speed turbodiesels (such as the 'Gamma' or 'Omega' engines) to traditional single-cylinder medium-speed types such as the 'A-Series' and 'Phi' types.


Lister Petter engines are generally used in stationary industrial applications such as pumping and electricity generation. The company produces a range of complete generator sets, units equipped for welding and in-house pumping sets, as well as supplying engines to other equipment manufacturers. L-P engines are widely exported[citation needed], especially for use in irrigation projects[citation needed]. The company also maintains a long tradition (of both its founder companies) in supplying engines for marine applications both as prime mover engines for small vessels and as auxiliary power units in larger ones.

Gas-fuelled engines[edit]

Lister Petter's main product[citation needed], the 'Alpha' series of sub-2-litre engines, is also available in spark ignition forms for running on natural gas or propane. L-P also manufactures and sells biodiesel plants, allowing customers to produce their own fuel for diesel engines.


  • 1867 R A Lister company founded by Robert Ashton Lister.
  • 1893 James B Petter & Sons founded.
  • 1895 First oil engines made by Petters.
  • 1910 Petters Ltd founded.
  • 1929 First diesel engines produced by R A Lister in Dursley.
  • 1986 R A Listers and Petters Ltd merged to form Lister Petter Ltd.
  • 2004/2005 Lister Petter sees unprecedented growth and re-investment in its core products.

Lister & Petter engines were workhorses of the British Commonwealth[citation needed]; many of these engines[citation needed] are still in use today in dump trucks[citation needed], generators[citation needed] and water pumps[citation needed]. They generally, but not exclusively, leave the factory in a Mid Brunswick Green colouring.


The company's headquarters and manufacturing facility are in Dursley, Gloucestershire, formerly the headquarters of R A Lister and Company. Lister Petter have agents in France, the USA, China and India, which market their products and carry out final assembly of larger items such as generating sets from imported parts.

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