History & VisionYear 2012 saw Armstrong Lyon Hydraulics reach the big 40 in the Hydraulics and Pneumatics business. It is still a privately owned company, which has survived the ups and downs of the industry over this period.
We shall strive to keep up with the latest technology, products, communication skills and offer best value for the customer. Staff training, quality control and best practice will be our tools.
November 2006 saw the appointment of two long-standing employees to Directors of the company. The future is now in their hands and our goal is to reach the fifty year trading mark. Our reputation for technical ability, service provided to the customer, honesty and integrity have served us well.
- We are a privately owned company formed in 1972 following the purchase of James Lyon & Sons, a Merseyside company since 1848.
- The Armstrong name was adopted through the old company’s association with Armstrong Patents Co. of Beverley, Yorkshire. Armstrongs was a major manufacturer of automotive shock absorbers, employing 24,000 people worldwide.
- A unique range of closed circuit hydraulic remote control systems was developed using modified lever-arm shock absorbers. Two units could be piped together and installed up to 100 metres apart. Manual operation of the master unit shaft through 90o angle could be reproduced at the slave unit.
- These hydraulic systems became very popular for remote operation of isolating valves, engine throttles and clutches, skylight window opening and closing etc.
- As Armstrong Patents progressed further into the automotive market with steering systems, fixings etc., the remote control equipment manufacture was transferred to James Lyon & Sons in 1970.
- Manufacture continued until 1990, when alternative equipment had been devised to replace the product e.g., electric servo and pneumatic equipment. We were still assisting Armstrong Patents at this time and manufactured after-market support for commercial vehicles e.g. hydraulic cab tilt pumps and cylinders, door closers and Wej-It foundation bolts for the building industry.
- In 1980 Armstrong Lyon entered a new field of activity with Balfour Beatty Power Construction Co. Manufacture and testing of electrical Voltage Transformer Cubicles was undertaken and until 1990 was a large part of the business. 125 cubicles were produced for the North Wales “Dinorwic” power station along with other major UK and foreign stations for a period of ten years.
- During this time Busbar Trunking Air Conditioning units were also manufactured to compliment this product.
- During the above period of time Armstrong Lyon Hydraulics had a steady growth in industrial hydraulics. The demand for custom design, manufacture and installation of hydraulic systems gradually took over the companys activity. In 1985 a move from the old works was undertaken to a modern 12,500 square foot industrial unit. This was ideal for hydraulic equipment manufacture, which demands a clean environment.
- An overhaul and service section was set up covering cylinders, valves and pumps. Aircraft jacks became part of the sections work with a specially designed load test rig for certification. Major customers were Raytheon Aircraft Services Ltd and British Aerospace.
- During our 35 years we have taken on distributorship agreements with leading manufacturers of hydraulic equipment. Each one is in a different field, which enables us to offer a complete service. Also our relationship with all the main suppliers has allowed us to provide a comprehensive range of products both in hydraulics and pneumatics for our customers.
- Year 2002 saw a further move to our existing factory in Knowsley Industrial Park. This location is ideal for ready access to all local motorways and close to our major customers in the area.