We became the first UK business to market Polybutylene pipe and fittings for industrial and domestic applications, including a patented heat fusion joining system.
In 1978 the Teekay design concept was approved by a number of leading UK consulting engineers, and with their advice the materials, especially the quality and anti-corrosion aspects, enabled the Axiflex pipe coupling to be used on buried pipelines in highly aggressive ground conditions.
In 1982 we patented our Stepped Coupling design and in 1984 a Hinged Coupling. During the ‘80s these products were used widely in the UK water industry for new projects and repair, especially the renovation of old pipelines by the scraping and relining method.
A new era began! Four key inventions were patented and the original Teekay Axilock Coupling was born, bringing new levels of performance and corrosion resistance, especially to the marine industry.
It was apparent that the fire safety standards of marine industry pipework would, in future, require the use of fireproof pipe couplings. We patented the original Teekay Axilock-FP, which has now become an industry standard on commercial and military ships.
Between the millennium and 2005, Teekay Couplings doubled in size, and then did so again between 2005 and 2010.
Teekay Rohrkupplungen GmbH opened in Germany for sales and distribution to middle Europe and expanded our plant, providing 40% more manufacturing space than before.
We were very proud to be a part of the construction of Europe’s tallest building, The Shard, when it opened to the public on 1st February 2013. At 310 metres tall to the tip, construction started some four years previously, in March 2009.
Having extended our manufacturing plant through the acquisition of Unit 7 in 2009, in 2015 we expanded again, this time into Unit 8. Providing 40% additional manufacturing space, this also provided much-needed office space from which our sales and marketing team will operate.
In 2016 we celebrated the 21st Birthday of the first couplings to be installed on commercial vessels which remain in operation today.