Hunting plc

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Hunting plc
Public (LSEHTG)
Industry Energy
Founded 1874
Headquarters London, UK and Houston. USA
Key people
Richard Hunting, Chairman
Dennis Proctor, CEO
Revenue £1,386.5 million (2014)[1]
£217.8 million (2014)[1]
£73.2 million (2014)[1]
Number of employees
4,044 (2014)[1]

Hunting plc is a British-based supplier to the oil and gas industry. Some 27% of the business is owned by the Hunting family.[2] It is headquartered in London and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


The business was founded in 1874 by Charles Hunting, a veterinary surgeon, as a shipping business.[3] The business, originally known as Hunting & Pattison, was managed by the founder's son, Charles Samuel Hunting, and comprised two sailing ships, the Genii and the Sylvia.[4] In the 1890s the company invested in oil tankers and became a tanker broker.[5]

In the 1930s and 1940s, it diversified into aircraft maintenance and manufacturing as well as air transport, establishing Hunting Aircraft in 1944 by the purchase of Percival Aircraft: this business was absorbed into the British Aircraft Corporation in 1959.[6]

At the end of 1945, Hunting entered the airline business and established Hunting Air Travel Ltd, a business headquartered at Luton Airport.[7] The new airline began commercial operations from Bovingdon Airport at the start of 1946. In 1951, Hunting Air Travel changed its name to Hunting Air Transport. Another change of name occurred in late-1953, when Hunting Air Transport became Hunting-Clan Air Transport. This change of name resulted from the Hunting family's decision to split the group and to transfer their airline business to a new holding company which they had set up together with the Scottish Clan Line, a rival shipping company owned by the Cayzer family.[8]

In June 1998, Hunting Cargo Airlines was sold to a consortium consisting of CMB (Belgium) and Safair (part of the Imperial Group) and rechristened ACL (Air Contractors Limited).[9]

In the 1990s, Hunting became involved in defence contracts, notably, in 1993, being a member of the winning consortium contracted to manage the Atomic Weapons Establishment, a contract that lasted until 2003.[10] More recently, it refocused on its core oil and gas activities.[11]

In December 2008, it completed the disposal of Gibson Energy, its operation transporting and marketing crude oil in Canada, for a total consideration of £517m.[12] On 16 August 2010, Hunting PLC announces the acquisition of Innova-Extel Acquisition Holdings Inc. for a cash consideration of US$125 million.[13] On 12 August 2011 Hunting announced the acquisition of Dearborn Precision Tubular Products for US83.5 million.[14]

Current operations[edit]

Today Hunting's business comprises oil well construction as well as the completion and supply of oil platform accessories. Closed Nisku Canada office today October 29, 2015 (drilling tools)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Full Year Results 2014" (PDF). Hunting plc. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Hunting says no to Duke Street Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2000
  4. ^ "Gibsons". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Hunting plc: Heritage
  6. ^ "Our Businesses - BAE Systems". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Dix, Barry (15 January 2009). "Fly Past: A hunting we will go". The Hounslow Chronicle. 
  8. ^ "air transport - hunting air - aircraft services - 1954 - 0089 - Flight Archive". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  9. ^ About us - History. ASL Aviation- official website
  10. ^ "Relicensing the Atomic". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  11. ^ What is the point of innovation in pressure regulator design? Energy International, November 2008
  12. ^ Hunting sells Gibson Energy unit for £626 million Forbes, 6 August 2008
  13. ^ Hunting acquires Innova-Extel for $125m CEOWORLD Magazine, 16 August 2010
  14. ^ Hunting buys Dearborn for $85m Upstream, 15 August 2011


  • "Flight International". Sutton, UK: Reed Business Information. ISSN 0015-3710.  (various backdated issues relating to Hunting Air Travel, Hunting Air Transport and Hunting-Clan Air Transport, 1946-1960)

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