Bulletin ….Work carries on in the new factory but we always need more volunteers – especially wiremen and visitor guides. If you are based in the West Midlands or can travel easily to Stoke Prior, please consider volunteering – its good fun, always challenging, and then there’s lunch.
brimar grid winding process libraryThe UK was the centre of thermionic valve (tubes for our U.S buddies) production for many years and we produced the best and most consistent products which are still highly sought after even now – nearly 50 years after production stopped. Our dream is to restart manufacturing of valves in the UK using existing knowledge and equipment but bringing it into the 21st century where not only consistency and performance are drivers but efficiency and the environment.The Great British Valve Project is about creating a valve manufacturing base in the UK. There have been many twists and turns since we started this project back in 2015 but our biggest breakthroughs have been finding a backer and the final acquisition of equipment which will allow us to start small scale manufacturing of a limited range of valves in the UK.


Now that we have presses, grid winders, out-gass, bulb making, etc. machines located in our West Midlands base we need to get on with their refurbishment and building all the ancillary facilities, equipment, QA procedures etc. that will bring our manufacturing into the 21st century.  We now need to assemble a small army of volunteers  with experience in project management, fund raising, finance, negotiation, law, production engineers, etc.

You can email the ‘Great British Valve Project’ team using the form below if you want to volunteer, ask for more information or are able to help us revive valve/tube manufacture in its spiritual home – the UK. You can also sign up to our newsletter to get regular updates.

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Wishing all our customers, volunteers and followers a very happy Christmas and a happy and healthy 2023 from the team at Brimar!

Wishing all our customers, volunteers, and followers a very happy Christmas and a happy, healthy 2023

Our 10 ton vertical press made in Birmingham by Sweeney & Blocksidge is nearly finished it's make over. While cleaning, Oliver found an asset label from M.O.V. so we lucked out on our recent acquisition with 2 out of 3 presses having direct links to valve making in the UK.

Our small 4 slide press has had a Brimar make over and is now ready to accept tooling to make new parts. The last job to be done is to add a control box with a VFD speed controller and e-stop. Anyone out there need any metal parts made?

With move done, time to work on Alf - 9 pin button pinch m/c. New gas piping passed tests so 5,4,3,2,1 ignition! The jets need adjustment and focus once flames are right size. Unfortunately, a loose bevel gear stopped us after an hour - stiff turrets identified for strip down.

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brimar grid winding process libraryThe UK was the centre of thermionic valve (tubes for our U.S buddies) production for many years and we produced the best and most consistent products which are still highly sought after even now – nearly 50 years after production stopped. Our dream is to restart manufacturing of valves in the UK using existing knowledge and equipment but bringing it into the 21st century where not only consistency and performance are drivers but efficiency and the environment.The Great British Valve Project is about creating a valve manufacturing base in the UK. There have been many twists and turns since we started this project back in 2015 but our biggest break throughs have been finding a backer and the final acquisition of equipment which will allow us to start small scale manufacturing of a limited range of valves in the UK.


Now that we have presses, grid winders, out-gass, bulb making, etc. machines located in our West Midlands base we need to get on with their refurbishment and building all the ancillary facilities, equipment, QA procedures etc. that will bring our manufacturing into the 21st century. We now need to assemble a small army of volunteers with experience in project management, fund raising, finance, negotiation, law, production engineers, etc.

You can email the ‘Great British Valve Project’ team using the form below if you want to volunteer, ask for more information or are able to help us revive valve/tube manufacture in its spiritual home – the UK. You can also sign up to our newsletter to get regular updates.

Stop Press …. (@brimarbob)

Wishing all our customers, volunteers and followers a very happy Christmas and a happy and healthy 2023 from the team at Brimar!

Wishing all our customers, volunteers, and followers a very happy Christmas and a happy, healthy 2023

Our 10 ton vertical press made in Birmingham by Sweeney & Blocksidge is nearly finished it's make over. While cleaning, Oliver found an asset label from M.O.V. so we lucked out on our recent acquisition with 2 out of 3 presses having direct links to valve making in the UK.

Our small 4 slide press has had a Brimar make over and is now ready to accept tooling to make new parts. The last job to be done is to add a control box with a VFD speed controller and e-stop. Anyone out there need any metal parts made?

With move done, time to work on Alf - 9 pin button pinch m/c. New gas piping passed tests so 5,4,3,2,1 ignition! The jets need adjustment and focus once flames are right size. Unfortunately, a loose bevel gear stopped us after an hour - stiff turrets identified for strip down.

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