The history of the Kent Power Cylinder
The Kent Power Cylinder was originally designed and manufactured by George Kent Limited. The production of the Kent Power Cylinder originally took place at the Biscot Road factory, located in Luton, United Kingdom during the mid-1950s. Although, still part of the George Kent Group, during the early 1970’s the company began manufacturing and trading as Kent Instruments Limited. In 1971 Introl a specialist valve company on Armytage Road Brighouse, West Yorkshire also joined the Kent Group.
In 1974 Brown Boveri, a Swiss electrical manufacturing company acquired the British controls and instrument manufacturer, George Kent. The newly acquired company was renamed Brown Boveri Kent. During 1985 the manufacture of the Kent Power Cylinder was then transferred from Biscot Road Luton to the Kent Introl Factory on Armytage Road, Brighouse, West Yorkshire.
In 1988, Brown Boveri merged with the Swedish company ASEA to form ASEA Brown Boveri, commonly known as the ‘ABB Group’. The manufacturing plant that now produced the Kent Power Cylinder became known as ‘ABB Kent Introl Limited’.
The Kent Power Cylinder was produced by ABB Kent Introl up until the company was sold to Japanese valve manufacturer Koso in 2005. The company dropped the ABB name and then became ‘Koso Kent Introl’ as it is today. Further to the acquisition of the valve business by Koso they decide to cease production of the Kent Power Cylinder.
Power Cylinder Products Limited was formed in August 2005 by three past and present Koso Kent Introl employees. The Kent Power Cylinder is now manufactured a short distance from the Koso Kent Introl Factory at Bailiff Bridge in Brighouse West Yorkshire.
With over 25 year's experience we still manufacture the whole Kent Power Cylinder range today, working to the exact drawings, designs and tolerances of the originals manufactured when the product was first designed.