Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was shown a scale model of the famous Warman slurry pump on a visit earlier this month to the Weir Advanced Research Centre (WARC) at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.
Her Majesty The Queen with Weir Group chairman Charles Berry (left) and Weir Group CEO Keith Cochrane, examining some Weir 3D printed models.
Warman slurry pumps have been manufactured around the world since 1938. The Minerals Division of The Weir Group is now market leader in slurry pumps used for minerals processing: the method by which valuable minerals are extracted from ore bodies.
The collaboration with the University of Strathclyde is part of Weir’s commitment to continuous innovation of its products, a commitment which includes engineers working with academics from some of the world’s leading technological institutions. Weir already has similar research relationships with Imperial College London, the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
The Queen was also shown a scale model of a minerals processing plant, and learned of Weir’s global operations empire, which stretches over more than 70 countries and includes more than 200 manufacturing and service centres, the most recent addition being the recently acquired range of Trio comminution products for crushing, screening and grinding.
Commenting on the visit, Weir Minerals’ divisional managing director Dean Jenkins said, “It is a great honour to be able to share Weir and Warman’s story with Her Majesty, and for her to take such an interest in our firm’s long-standing commitment to developing innovative solutions, aimed at making our customers more productive and maintaining our market leadership.”
Founded in 1871, The Weir Group PLC is based in Glasgow, Scotland and is one of the world’s leading engineering businesses. Weir designs, manufactures and services innovative solutions which make our minerals, oil and gas and power customers more efficient.
The group aims to be a partner of choice to customers with a worldwide network of around 200 manufacturing facilities and service centres. The business has a presence in more than 70 countries, with more than 15,000 people working in three divisions - Minerals; Oil & Gas; and Power & Industrial. Annual revenues were more than £2.4 billion in 2014, of which almost two thirds came from the provision of services and aftermarket support.