Albany Pumps makes standard, customised and special positive displacement pumps from 5L/min to 500 M3/hr. We manufacture external gear pumps, twin screw pumps and rotary lobe pumps. We supply large OEMs and direct to users, last year exporting to more than 40 countries. Notable is the new range of twin screw pumps manufactured by Albany and developed from the well respected Stothert & Pitt range, which sold around the world. Albany supply spares and exact replacements for Stothert and Pitt pumps using all their original records, dating back to the 1930s. Albany also support pumps from five other brands which the company has taken over. When you buy a pump from Albany you are drawing on more than 100 years of experience and capability – we think you’ve found the right place for PD pumps.
History of Albany Pumps
The Albany pump was born in 1902 in the Old Kent Road area of South London in a small workshop controlled by R. White & Co. Mineral Water Manufacturers. This workshop and associated brass foundry had already existed for about 10 years. In 1904 a patent (No. 25,222) was obtained and through the years various improvements to gear pump design have led to other patents and product features.
Albany was located in London until the factory was destroyed on the third day of the Blitz in 1940. The firm’s wartime wanderings included five years in farm buildings in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, before settling in the present 2 acre site at Lydney in Gloucestershires Forest of Dean (England) in 1946.
Fire Fighting for over 100 years
Seen here is a photo of a 1910 fire engine for export to Calcutta with an Albany rotary water pump fitted. Contrast this with Albany’s foam concentrate pump sets, diesel driven, for export to Qatar delivered in June 2010, below.
The foam pump delivers 1460 l/min and is fitted with an in-built relief valve. ASA 150 lb flanges and gunmetal casing. Albany makes a range of foam pumps to over 3000 l/m using rotary gear and twin screw pump designs. Water turbine driven foam pumps for up to 1200 l/m are an Albany pump speciality.
Historical note: The Calcutta pump was part of a range of external bearing gear pumps designed in 1908. Water pumping was a regular solution from London based Albany at the time. In today’s fire industry this low pressure pump has been replaced by high speed centrifugal pumps, operating at three to four times the pressure – if not more.