Weir Celebrates 140 Years of Innovative Engineering
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
2011 marks the 140th anniversary of The Weir Group PLC.
It was in 1871 that brothers George and James Weir set up
the engineering firm of G & J Weir and joined the booming industrial scene
in the west of Scotland at the height of the great Victorian era of industrial
One of those innovations was the celebrated direct-acting
feed pump which was crucial to the development of steam ships – and
particularly Clyde-built steam ships – at that time.
Although recognized worldwide as a designer and
manufacturer of pumps and valves, Weir has operated in many markets. Over its 140-year history, it has built cars
and buses, constructed prefabricated housing, oil pipelines, desalination
plants and been involved in the development of the precursor to the helicopter.
Today Weir’s global footprint covers over 70 countries
employing over 11,000 people with a focus on the minerals, oil & gas and
power sectors with over 40% of its 2009 annual revenue coming from the key
emerging markets in Asia Pacific, Africa and South America.
The Weir Group PLC is the parent company of Weir Valves
& Controls USA, a VMA member company. More...