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New European Sales Manager

Fort Vale are pleased to announce that our former colleague Ton Stam will re-join us as our new European Sales Manager. Ton has a wealth of experience regarding Fort Vale and also externally within the industries we supply.

Ton will work directly for FVUK but be based in Europe, reporting to the European Sales Director and Managing Director. He will be responsible for developing customer relationships and growing business with the lessors, operators and builders across our various markets. Ton will also be tasked to generate aftersales business for the UK and where appropriate, pass on leads to the Fort Vale BV office.

This is an external sales position and will strengthen the presence of Fort Vale UK in mainland Europe.  Being based in mainland Europe and with BREXIT in mind this role demonstrates the customer support that the UK head office wishes to extend to our European customers.

Ton will be joining the business on the 1st May 2019. Upon his initial commencement, he will spend time in both Europe and the UK to re-familiarise himself with our products and customers. He will then work mainly mobile throughout Europe selling FV products and developing and strengthening relationships with customers and decision makers within the industry.

Please please join us in extending Ton a warm welcome and look forward to his return.


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Fort Vale 'Superseat' Valves

To help customers who have applications that perhaps do not merit fully exotic materials, but for which an upgrade from 316 stainless steel would be desirable, Fort Vale had developed a methodology for incorporating a permanent Inconel® seat within all footvalves.

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Fort Vale Appoints New European Sales Director

As part of Fort Vale group strategic planning, we are pleased to announce that from the 1st of January 2019 we are appointing Graham Blanchard as European Sales Director for Fort Vale Engineering Limited.

Graham has been with Fort Vale for 20 years and has a high level of knowledge and expertise in our products and their applications, together with extensive experience in manufacturing, costing, engineering and was instrumental in setting up Fort Vale's Nuclear business. Graham will be liaising closely with the current Sales and Marketing Director, Andrew Bishop, from now until the 1st January 2019 and both will be working with Ian Wilson, Managing Director of Fort Vale Engineering Limited. From 2019, Ian will increase his day-to-day engagement with both Fort Vale's satellite operations and our major global customers.

In the New Year, Andrew will join our associate company, Riggs Autopack to take up the role of General Manager Designate in a planned move to support the leadership succession for our growing subsidiary business.


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Fort Vale Engineering Limited is the world leader in the precision manufacture of valves and fittings for the transportation of bulk liquids in the tank container, road tanker and rail industries. 

The transportation of gases and liquids by road, rail and sea must be safe and Fort Vale works with the industry and regulatory bodies so that the quality of its design, materials and manufacture ensures that first-class safety is a reality.

The company goal is not only to be the preferred supplier of new OEM equipment but also the premier after-sales  supplier for spares. To this end Fort Vale has offices and stock in the UK, USA, Holland, Singapore, China and Russia, as well as authorised distributors located around the world (see Authorised Distributors tab).

Fort Vale owns self-sufficient manufacturing facilities, having total control over all manufacturing processes from foundry to testing. From initial research and development to the final product, Fort Vale can supply quality equipment, both standard and bespoke to meet with each client’s requirements.

Fort Vale’s standard equipment portfolio includes: manways & hatches, airline valves, safety relief devices, top & bottom discharge valves, butterfly valves, ball valves, dry disconnect couplers and the associated ancillaries and fittings. Fort Vale also manufactures the Safeload 4" API coupler for the safe transfer of fuel at road loading oil terminals. More information about our products can be found under product catalogues.


Providing stainless steel equipment for:

  • Tank Manufacturers
  • Tank Lessors
  • Tank Operators
  • Repair Depots
  • Oil Terminals
  • Nuclear

Industry sectors:

  • Tank Containers
  • Road Tankers
  • Rail Tanks
  • Non-Refrigerated Liquefied Gas Tanks
  • Swap Tanks
  • Offshore Helicopter Refuelling Tanks
  • IBCs
  • Powder Tanks
  • Static Storage Tanks
  • Nuclear
  • API 1004 Fuel Transfer Coupler

Accreditation & Standards:

  • ISO 9001:2015
  • IMDG
  • ADR
  • AAR
  • RID
  • ASME “U” Stamp
  • PED Module D & H