Pegler Yorkshire

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Pegler Yorkshire is a British manufacturer of valves and other engineering products. It is part of the Flow Control division of Aalberts Industries.[1]

The company has its head office in Doncaster, with four manufacturing sites in Leeds, Doncaster, Budapest and Jiangmen. In 2012, it employed over 1400 people.


Pegler Yorkshire was created in 2009[2][3] by the merger of Pegler Ltd and Yorkshire Fittings Ltd.

As Peglers Limited[edit]

Pegler Bros. & Company was founded in 1899 by Francis "Frank" Pegler (d. 1938[4]) of the Northern Rubber Company of East Retford, Nottinghamshire, to manufacture plumbing fittings. The company was incorporated as Pegler Bros. & Company (Doncaster) Limited in 1914 and renamed "Peglers Limited" in 1932. In 1933, it employed 1,100 people.[5] It became a public company in 1935.[6] Another of the founders, Francis Egerton Pegler, died on 16 February 1957.[7] The company merged with another plumbing manufacturer in 1968 to become Pegler-Hattersley.[8]

As Yorkshire Fittings Ltd[edit]

The "Yorkshire" brand of plumbing fittings belonged to Yorkshire Copper Works Ltd of Leeds.[9] This company was founded in 1909 on the site of the former Elmore's Depositing Co.,[10] to manufacture copper and brass tubes for boilers. The company developed corrosion-resistant alloy products such as "Bemal" brass condenser tubes, "Leespec" copper boiler tubes and "Gumal" copper/tin tubes. In 1934, the "Yorkshire" solder-ring pipe fitting was patented and launched. In 1954, the Register of Trade Marks ruled that a geographical name such as "Yorkshire" was not sufficiently distinctive to be registered as a brand name,[11] but this did not stop it becoming a generic term for this type of pipe fitting.

In 1958, the works merged with the Metals Division of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) to form Yorkshire Imperial Metals.[12] Yorkshire Copper Works (Holdings), representing the copper works, owned 50% and ICI owned the other 50%. In 1962 ICI created Imperial Metal Industries (IMI) to look after its half-share of YIM.[13] In 1968 IMI bought Yorkshire's half-share in the business.[14][15] Yorkshire Fittings then became IMI Yorkshire Fittings.[2]


  1. ^ Who Are Pegler Yorkshire?, Pegler Yorkshire website, accessed 1 July 2012
  2. ^ a b "£20m boost for manufacturing defies slump",". Yorkshire Post. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Pegler and Yorkshire merge". Housing. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Peglers Limited" (annual report), The Times, 19 May 1938, p.23
  5. ^ "Another Doncaster Firm Reduces Hours", The Times, 19 August 1933, p.10
  6. ^ "Peglers Limited" (share issue notice), The Times, 10 October 1935, p.19
  7. ^ "Peglers Limited" (annual report), The Times, 4 July 1957, p.16
  8. ^ "Pegler Holdings–Hattersley Holdings", The Times, 12 September 1968, p.20
  9. ^ "Yorkshire Copper Works" (annual meeting), The Times, 9 June 1945, p.9
  10. ^ Yorkshire Potable integral solder ring fittings, IMI Yorkshire Fittings Limited, accessed 1 July 2012
  11. ^ "Geographical Name Not Apt As Trade Mark", The Times, February 1926, 1954, p.12
  12. ^ "I.C.I. and Yorkshire Copper Works", The Times, 4 January 1958, p.12
  13. ^ "Imperial Metal Industries Limited–Share Offer", The Times, 7 March 1966, p.20
  14. ^ "Yorkshire Imperial Metals' profits soar above £6m", The Times, 2 November 1968, p.12
  15. ^ "Imperial Metal Industries Limited–Offer for Sale", The Times, 27 October 1977, p.28