Year
Event
2000 BC

The Shadoof consists of an upright frame on which is suspended a long pole or branch, at a
distance of about one-fifth of its length from one end. ...
200 BC

Ctesibus invents the reciprocating pump
Archimedean screw pump described by Archimedes. ...
1580

Sliding vane pump invented by Ramelli. ...
1593

Service invents the gear pump...
1650

Otto van Guericke invents his piston vacuum pump...
1674

Sir Samuel Morland patents the packed pluger pump...
1790

Plenty Ltd established - Thomas Simpson establishes his pump business in London
1815

Hayward Tyler established establishes his pump business in London
1830

Screw pump invented by Revillion
1834

Sulzer Brothers founded
1840

Henry R Worthington invents the first direct-acting stream pump
1848

Goulds Pumps founded
1851

John Gwynne patents his centrifugal pump improvements
1853

Boremann Pumpen founded
1857

Roper Pump Company founded
1859

Jacob Edson invents the first reciprocating stream pump
1860

Allweiler founded - A.S. Cameron invents the first reciprocating stream pump
1862

Lawrence Pumps established - Philipp Hilge founded
1866

Lederle founded
1868

Sigma Lutin founded
1871

KSB established, Southern Cros established in Australia - George and James
Weir set up the partnership that will become the Weir Group
1875

Hodgkin and Neuhaus, forerunner of SPP founded
1877

Ritz Pumpenfabrik established
1881

Halberg MA schienbau founded
1883

Holden & Brooke founded
1884

A W Chesterton founded
1888

Kirloskar Brothers Ltd founded
1890

Salmson starts making pumps in Paris
1893

Uraca Pumpenfabric founded
1894

Sero Pumpenfabric founded
1896

KSB opens UK subsidiary
1897

Worthington Pump Company and Thomos Simpson amalgamate to from
Worthington Simpson Ltd.
1901

Flygts forerunner Stenberg founded
1905

Leistriz Company established
1906

Stuart Turner Ltd founded
1907

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries produced its first pump
1909

Fristam Pumpen and Ernst Vogel founded - Ingersoll Rand enters the pump business
by acquiring the Cameron Steam Pump Works
1910

Dickow Pumpen and Hitachi founded
1911

Jeans Nielsen builds the first Viking internal gear pump, founded the Viking Pump Company
1912

Ebara Corporation founded
1916

Worthington Pump & Machinery Corporation acquire Worthington Simpson Ltd
1917

John Crane founded - Louis Berqeron invented the concrete volute pump and founded Bergeron S.A.
1918

Scanpump and CCM Sulzer founded
1919

Torishima Pump Mfg Co and Kawamoto Pump Mfg Co established
1920

Bombas Itur Werner Pumpen and SIHI established
1921

Labour founded
1923

Peerless founded
1924

Leistritz starts making screw pumps - Rheinhuette starts pump production
1927

Edur Pumpenfabrik founded
1928

Girdlestone Pumps founded
1929

Pleuger pioneers the submersible turbine pump motor - Stenberg and Flygt commence their cooperation
1930

Rene Moineau receives a dectorate for his thesis which will lead to the invention of the progressing cavity pump Ensival starts selling centrifugal pumps
1932

Sarlin Pumps founded - Bran + Luebbe founded
1933

Bush pump invented Gormann-Rupp established
1936

Robbins & Myers acquires North American license for the Moineau progressing cavity pump
Mono Pump Ltd formed to manufacture and distribute Moinequ's pump design in the UK
1937

Sigmund Pump Warman International founded
1940

Grindex founded
1941

Britsh Pump Manufacturers Association founded
1945

Grundfos Pumps, Caprari and Flexibox founded
1946
Cornell Pump, Klaus Union, Totton Pumps founded
1947

HMD Seal/Less Pumps established Hyundai founded
1948

Stenberg Flygt AB design the first submersible drainage pump, Varisco commences pump production
1949

HMD supplies its first production magnet-drive pump
1951

Tsurumi and Netzsch Mohnopumpen founded
1952

Lewa and Rovatti founded
1953

Nikkiso established
1955
Wilden and DMW Corporation established Borg-Warner acquires Byron Jackson
1956

Flygt introduces the submersible sewage pump
1957

Richter Chemie-Technik founded
1959

ABS and Calped FOUNDED
1960

David Brown Pump division formed
1961

Ingersoll-Rand acquires the Aldrich Pump Company
1962

Acromet commences operations
1965

Warren Rupp founded Sulzer acquires majority interest in Weise & Monski
1966

ITT acquires Jabsco
1967

Scienco founded
1968

Johnson Pump International founded Weir acquires Harland Engineering and ITT Corporation acquires Flygt
1970

Weir buys Drysdate ; Ingersoll-Rand buys Sigmund Pump Ltd (GB) in Gateshead, UK
1971

Sihi takes over Halberg Turbonsan founded
1972

Seepex Seeberger founded
1973

Crest Pumps Ltd founded
1976

Worthington acquires Sier-Bath Pump Division from Gilbarco
1977

Ingersoll-Rand buys Western Land Roller Irrigation Pumps
Sterling Fluid System (TBG) buys Peerless Pump
1979

SPP acquires Godiva Fire pumps
1981

Red Jacket and Hydromatic merge to form Marley Pump.
Sterling Fluid Systems takes a half share in SIHI
1982

Pump Pompes Pumpen is relaunched as World Pumps Magazine
Biwater acquires W Allwin Pump
1984

Sihi buys the canned motor programme of Bran & Lubbe
1985

Dresser Industries acquires Worthington Simpson Ltd.
1986

KSB acquires Pompes Guinard
Pentair acquires FE Myers
Goulds Pumps acquires Lowara
1987

Weir buys Mather and Platt Machinery
Sihi France buys Schabaver
1988

Idex Corporation founded Braithwaite acquires SPP and sells off Godiva Fire Pumps
1989

Scanpump acquires ABS TBG acquires SPP Ltd part of Sterling Fluid Systems
1990

Dresser Industries acquires Mono Pumps Ltd Ingersoll=Rand acquires Scienco Ltd;
Watson-Marlow bought by Spirax-Sarco
1991

Index acquires Corken;Baker Hughes acquires Geho
1992

Ingersoll-Rand and Dresser Industries merge their pump business to form Ingersoll Dresser Pumps
Warman acquires Girdlestone Pumps;
Idex acquires Pulsafeeder and Johnson Pump (UK) Ltd ;
Weir buys Floway;
BW/IP buys ACEC
1993

United Dominion acquires Marley Pump;
Vogel acquires Ochsner;
Sterling Fluid Systems acquires Labour
1994

Weir acquires Enviro Tech Pumpsystem, Warman acquires Barrett Haentjens;
Idex acquires HAle Products;
Goulds acquires Vogel;
ITT buys Richter Chemie-Technik;
Sundstrand acquires HMD Seal/less Pumps
1995

BW/IP acquires the Wilson-Snyder centrifugal pump business from National Oilwell;
Durametallic acquires Pacseal and then is bought by Duriron
1996

Hayward Tyler sold by Sterling Fluid System, which buys the remaining half share in SIHI Grundfos acquires Interdab Pump Industry Analyst launched
1997
BW/IP acquires Stork Pump's engineered pumps business;
Johnson Pumps Durco and BW/IP merge to form Flowserve ITT Industries acquires Goulds;
Index acquires Blagdon Pumps;
Textron acquires Magg Pump System;
Spirax-Sarco acquires Bredel Pentair acquires General Signal's Pump Group;
Constellation Capital acquires Imo;
1998

Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon buys Wallwin Pumps from Biwater;
Textron buys David Brown Union Pumps;
Constellation Capital buys Allweiler;
Glynwed acquires Friatec;
Sundstrand acquires Ansimag and Masco Weir buys Schabaver.
1999
Hayward Tyler acquires APV Industrial Pumps
Ebara acquires Cryostar cryogenic pumps
Howard Anderson buys Pullen Pumps
Sterling Fluid Systems acquires QVF Engineering (Germany)
United Technologies Corp acquires Sundstrand
Textron buys KSB Annecy (France)
Weir Group acquires Warman International (including Girdle stone Pumps)
United Dominion Industries acquires Bran+Luebbe; Ensival merges with Moret
2000

Flowserve acquires IDP
ABS acquires CH&E Pumps (USA)
Cat Pumps (UK) buys Ram Pumps
Grundfos acquires Myson and Sarlin Pumps
Sulzer acquires Ahlstrom Pumps
Watson-Marlow Bredel acquires Alitea (Sweden)
Roper acquires Abel; Blackmer buys Chesterton's System One pumps
Sulzer (temporarily) decides to leave the pump business; Sundyne acquires Caster (Italy)
2001

SPX acquires United Dominion Industries
Godwin Pumps of America acquires Godwin Pumps (UK)
Lightnin (of SPX) acquires Plenty Group
Metso acquires Svedala; Idex acquires Versa-Matic
2002

Gorman-Rupp acquires American Machine and Tool
Grundfos takes controlling interest in Chung Suk (Korea)
ITT acquires Svedala Robot (Holland)
Idex acquires Wrightech (USA)
2003

National Oilwell acquires Mono and Corlac (Canada)
Wilo acquires EMU
Weir Engineering Services acquires Allen Gwynnes pump business
Kirloskar acquires SPP Pumps; KSB acquires controlling share in Bombas Itur (Spain)
2004

Howden pumps merge with Orbit in South Africa
Flowserve acquire Thompsons, Kelly & Lewis
Armstrong Pumps buy Holden Brooke Pullen, Baric and RMI
Grundfos take control of Philipp Hilge
Dover Resources acquire Almatec
2005

Grundfos takes over Tesla (Italian submersible motor maker)
National Oilwell merges with Varco International
Interpump acquires Hammelmann
Weir acquires Pompe Gabbioneta (Italy)
Wilo acquires majority holding in Mather & Platt Pumps and Fire Systems (India)
Grundfos acquires Brisan Turbo (South Africa)
2006

SPX acquires Johnson Pump
Franklin Electric acquires Little Giant Pump
United Components acquire ASC Industries (USA)
Wilo acquires Circulating Pumps (UK)
South Bank UK acquires Hayward Tyler Group
Sulzer Pumps sells Paco to Grundfos
Pentair acquires Jung Pumpen (Germany)
Lowara buys Mercury submersible motors (Italy)
2007

Sulzer's proposed acquisition of Weir Pumps falls through
Clyde Pumps (part of Clyde Blowers) acquires Weir Pumps
SPX acquires APV
Grundfos acquires Peerless Pump
Wilden Pump acquires Griswold Pump
Franklin Electric acquires Monarch Industries pump division (USA)
Weir Group acquires Multifl o Australia and SPM Flow Control (USA)
2008

Weir Group acquires CH Warman Pump Group
Franklin Electric acquires Industrias Schneider (Brazil)
Flowserve complete acquisition of Niigata Worthington (Japan) Dover Corporation acquires Neptune Chemical Pump to join its Pump Solutions Group (Wilden, Blackmer, Griswold, Almatec)
Weir Group acquires Mesa Manufacturing (USA)
Hamilton Sunstrand acquires Marelli Pumps (Spain)
Clyde Blowers acquires Textron Fluid and Power division (including Maag Pump Systems and Union Pumps)
IDEX acquires Richter Chemie-Technik.