Members’ News

26 Feb 2019


Pearson Hydraulics acquire P & R Hydraulics

BFPDA member Pearson Hydraulics Ltd was established in Lincoln in 1964 and has since become a well-established and respected player in the hydraulics industry. Current Directors Rick Dring (Managing Director) and Paul Rushby (Sales Director) helped the company achieve Danfoss Power Solutions Tier 1 status in 2012, and the company is now the largest Danfoss distributor in the UK.

The Directors of Pearson Hydraulics are delighted to announce the acquisition of P & R Hydraulics Ltd in January 2019 which will expand the company’s product range and services even further. The new company will strengthen the team to over 45 employees and bring additional skills to workforce. Pearson Hydraulics is very excited and committed to a successful future with their established suppliers Danfoss, Intertraco, Turolla, OMT and now new business partners R & G Acquisitions.

Paul Rushby commented: “We welcome Justin Gill and all the P & R employees and look forward to working with them and all their existing customers for many years to come.”

Pearson Hydraulics currently supplies many industrial sectors including agriculture, marine, offshore, aerospace, construction, rail and the general hydraulics trade and has a wide range of products in stock. The company’s capabilities range from a single component to complete turnkey packages, tailored solutions for all industries and applications from concept to completion, along with engineered products and solutions using the very latest 3D CAD software, all manufactured and tested in-house using our intelligent electronic control systems integrating highly advanced Danfoss Plus +1 compliant products and customised software programs written by our dedicated team of engineers.


Manuli Hydraulics (Americas) Inc, joins John Deere supply base

BFPA member Manuli Hydraulics UK Ltd is pleased to announce that Manuli Hydraulics (Americas) Inc. has been chosen to supply Hydraulic Hose Assemblies to John Deere’s operation in Dubuque, Iowa. Manuli Hydraulics (Americas) Inc. is a supplier of fluid conveyance solutions, components and associated equipment for high pressure hydraulics, based in Warrendale, Pennsylvania.

“We’re delighted to begin this supplier relationship with John Deere which plays to the strengths and aspirations of both companies. Here at Manuli we take pride in our position as innovators within the field of Hydraulics and it is this approach which has kept us at the forefront of the heavy duty, high demand systems required by John Deere to ensure their construction equipment, can meet the performance and reliability demands their customers have come to expect,” said Ryan Turner, General Manager for Manuli Hydraulics, North America.


HydraForce Apprentice wins British Education Award for England’s Vocational Student of 2019

HydraForce Hydraulics Ltd, BFPA member and Birmingham based manufacturer of hydraulic valves and manifolds, is delighted to announce that their former apprentice, Daniel Millington has won the Vocational British Education Award for England (Zone 1 Region).

Daniel, who completed his Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship one year early, moved into the position of Engineering Technician following successful completion of his apprenticeship, before being promoted to Process Engineer at the end of last year. Although he was unable to attend the ceremony, due to exam commitments for his Engineering degree, Daniel was excited to achieve this fantastic award:

“I’m absolutely thrilled to win the Vocational British Education Award! It’s brilliant to be involved in such a prestigious and important event and it really showcases what the up and coming generation can do, have done and are doing in a range of sectors. My apprenticeship and education has been a fantastic journey and has allowed me to accomplish some fantastic things, it’s the best decision I ever made!”

The British Education Awards is a non-profit organisation, established to celebrate and promote excellence in British Education; with the ceremony now in its third year.

The award ceremony, held at Hilton Manchester Deansgate, saw seventy-six candidates shortlisted, with awards presented to winners in five regions: England (divided into two zones), Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; and within four different categories – GCSE or Scottish National 5, A Level or Scottish Advanced Higher, Vocational and Degree.

Students were also judged for their extracurricular activities and responsibilities, of which Daniel has many, including being an ambassador for young apprentices throughout the Midlands region, as part of the West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (WMAAN), which helps young people to start their careers; as well as mentoring the company’s younger apprentices.

This award also follows Daniel’s success as winner of the Regional Apprentice award for the Midlands, for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018) and the National Apprentice of the Year award for 2018.

Christine Tolley, Head of Human Resources at HydraForce, accepted the best Vocational Student award on Daniel’s behalf in Manchester:

“We are incredibly proud of Dan. Since he joined as an Apprentice, he has worked incredibly hard and been extremely diligent both in his academic studies and his work, which has culminated in his success. Dan is an example to people of all ages of the value of both apprenticeships and life- long study and we are confident he will continue with his development and become a role model to others in the business”

Daniel attended Birmingham Metropolitan College, where he studied during his apprenticeship, and is now Student Governor, sitting on the board and is a member of the Financial Committee discussing future expenditure and departmental costs.

HydraForce offers an engineering advanced apprenticeship scheme, which began back in 2004 and sees apprentices study at college full-time for their first year. In their second year, apprentices gain valuable work experience on-site at HydraForce in different areas of the business, with a day release to college to continue their studies. The apprenticeship scheme gives the candidates the opportunity to achieve their BTEC, with the company sponsoring them to go onto either HNC or Foundation degree. In 2018, the company took the decision to broaden its apprenticeship scheme and now offers management apprenticeships to its employees as part of their professional development.


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