Hallite Seals International

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Hallite Seals International's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Hallite Seals International is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
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NickHurt, UK managing director
Hallite Seals produces sealing
solutions for hydraulic cylinders
in a wide variety of industries
For over 110 years, Hallite Seals has been a leading supplier
of innovative sealing technologies and engineered solutions
for hydraulic cylinders and the fluid power industry. They
are able to leverage their expertise in engineering design,
superior quality and advanced manufacturing to meet their
clients’ supply needs when and where they’re most required.
Although they were officially founded in 1903, their UK
manufacturing centre was established in 1925, and moved to
the current site in the 1940s. They have since served clients
internationally with a permanent commitment to global quality
and production standards. Their UK managing director, Nick
Hurt, discusses how this has been achieved here.
We offer a diverse range of products that have been developed in conjunction
with our blue chip customers to help solve their biggest design challenges in the
fluid power industry. You may not see them, but our products are inside the major
industrial applications and related equipment that make sure the world keeps
moving. We manufacture sealing solutions, including rod seals, single and double-
acting rod and pistol seals, wipers, bearings, swivel seals, and unitised pistons, just
to name a few. The solutions and products that we manufacture and supply go
into the hydraulic cylinders, the mechanisms that move up and down or in and out,
of forklifts, excavators, harvesting equipment and lifting platforms.
Across a plethora of specialised engineered solutions, we offer over 105,000
products in a variety of standard and metric sizes, many of which are used to
»UK managing director:
»Established in 1903
»Based in Hampton, Middlesex
»Services: Manufacture and
supply of innovative sealing
technologies and engineered
solutions for hydraulic
cylinders, serving the fluid
power industry
»No. of employees: 600
Hallite Seals
Highlighting best practice
perform a range of functions such as
energy and shock absorption, media
separation, pressure containment, and
wiping and scraping. These products
serve sectors including but not limited
to construction and infrastructure,
mining, oil and gas, agriculture,
Our values
Our four central values – quality,
health, safety and environment – are
more than just fields on a checklist
for us at Hallite. They are ingrained
in our company culture at every
level, and altogether form an integral
level of corporate responsibility. Our
global team strives to provide the
highest quality, on-time delivery and
service excellence by following and
recognising these four key pillars in all
work undertaken.
In recognising that quality is of
paramount importance, we constantly
check ourselves against rigorous
industry standards such as ISO 14001,
ISO 9001, AS9100C and OHSAS
18001 to ensure that every item we
produce, whether it’s the first on the
line or the last, displays the same level
of manufacturing excellence that we’ve
become renowned for at Hallite.
More than just seals
Our customer relationships typically
last for decades. We ensure that the
client always comes first by working
closely with them to create unique
products that aptly suit their needs,
providing comprehensive solutions
designed for a wide and diverse
range of specifications. When one
of our customers requires sustained
technical support, quick turnarounds
and expertise in both engineering
and design, we can step in as
Part of this demonstrable success
has been a result of our capacity to
deliver quality in a quick, flexible and
responsive way, no matter where a
client may be. We’ve been historically
adaptable and nimble, and it’s these
fundamental areas of success that have
allowed us to continuously excel. We
remain uniquely positioned to provide
turnkey solutions as a single-source
supplier to clients and end users all
around the world.
A challenge for us going forward is
the skill gap. It’s becoming harder and
harder to find skilled candidates to fill
manufacturing and engineering roles.
Our UK manufacturing
site is the largest of our
13 facilities
Sample Hallite products:
piston and rod seals,
wipers, and bearings
Our four central
values of
quality, health,
safety and
are more than
just fields on a
There is a real battle to secure the
most talented people. To address this,
we are reassessing our learning and
development approach by investing
more into training to make sure the
business is capable of growing our
own leaders of the future.
A further broader challenge and concern
for us is the growing distrust the public
have in business, which has surfaced
recently in the political and social arenas.
To counteract this, Hallite is determined
to make sure we work to benefit our
community, its people and, ultimately,
in our role as a UK manufacturer and
global exporter, the country. While we
already contribute to local causes and
national charities, we want to do more.
We are determined to deliver value that
goes beyond just profit and shareholder
value, and to take responsibility as
a member of our local, national and
global communities. We have recently
started working with our local team to
create and define a higher purpose for
the business and are developing a plan
to encourage young people to enter
into manufacturing roles by increasing
awareness and pride in the sector.
The next chapter
After over 110 years of continued
excellence, our parent company Fenner
plc was acquired by the Michelin
Group in May of this year, and we
will be run as an independent division
within to continue providing the same
trademark outstanding service to our
valued customers.
We look forward to continuing to
serve our clients’ needs and creating
value for their business. Michelin is
headquartered in France with over
114,000 employees globally and
revenue of approximately 22 billion
in 2017. Our commitment to our
customers, our product quality and our
excellent service has been maintained
for over a century, and we believe
it’s now time to occupy the global
stage as a fully independent division
of one of the world’s true industry
powerhouses. Even considering
present economic, domestic and
international uncertainty, we believe at
Hallite that our future will prove to be
bright and prosperous.
We are
determined to
deliver value
that goes
beyond just
profit and
value, and to
responsibility as
a member of
our local,
national and
Quality is of paramount
We’re developing
leaders and encouraging
young people to enter
into manufacturing roles


This article was sponsored by Hallite Seals International. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy