A brief history of Blain Hydraulics

Incorporated in 1971 by Roy W. Blain

Born in May 1932 in Salford, Manchester and lived in Ilford, Essex, until he was 6, before moving back to the North where he later studied engineering at Salford Royal Technical College.

After serving 2 years in the Merchant Navy followed by 2 years in the army, he pursued a career in industrial hydraulics in England, Switzerland, Spain, USA and finally Germany, where he founded Blain Hydraulics which is known worldwide as the finest elevator control valve manufacturer.

With customers and installations in more than 75 countries, Mr. Blain was a true pioneer and believer in the hydraulic elevator technology. A true gentleman and very good person at heart he was a visionary who worked tirelessly in the hydraulic elevator industry for more than 5 decades.

 

A brief history of Blain Hydraulics

Incorporated in 1971 by Roy W. Blain

1971-1980
Blain Hydraulics GmbH was incorporated in Heilbronn. With a modest infrastructure and man power, elevator control valves like EV & KV started rolling out initially with 1 person and eventually with 5 people on the outskirts of Heilbronn. For catering to growing demand, the factory was moved in Heilbronn and steadily expanded.

1981-1990
Blain adds new KV (small lift valve) models, especially keeping in mind the home and small lift market. Pressure lock valve (L10) was also introduced as an additional safety valve which is now known as UCM-A3 valve.
Blain gets the CSA certification for export to North America.
Company infrastructure was expanded to meet growing demands.

1991-2000
Modernisation of machines to make production cost effective and productive. Blain is awarded the ISO 9001 certification.
Blain gets EC Type certification for pipe rupture valves. Blain introduces the servo electronic valve.
Other new products like micro levelling drive were also introduced. Accessories like ball valves were introduced to expand the product range.

2001-2010
Blain becomes the first company to bring explosion proof solenoid valves for elevator industry in the market. Blain becomes the largest producer of elevator control valves both in terms of production capacity & in terms of installation base worldwide. Along with introducing new pipe rupture valve models.

2011-today
Blain launches the EV4 (VVVF driven valve) together with Yaskawa; Japan as a joint venture. Export of Blain products achieves new record with a footprint in more than 75 countries. Blain employs around 80 people from more than 14 nationalities to support customers worldwide. Year 2015 saw Blain enlarging its presence in India by incorporating Blain India.
Blain has partnered with DAIKEN ELEVADORES (Brazil) to expand its presence and increase the penetration of hydraulic elevators in the Brazilian and South American market.Summer 2017 Blain introduced the integrated pressure  lock valve iL10 for EV 1½” & 2″ valves and L20 for EV ¾” valves. The new UCM-A3 valve allows to modernize existing installations with less cost and efforts.

Roy W. Blain 1932-2014