On the 13th December 2019, the shareholders of Obart Pumps reached an agreement to sell the company to Tsurumi (Europe) GMBH, which became effective on 1st January 2020.
Tsurumi are a Japanese company and are one of the world’s leading submersible pump manufacturers. Formed in 1924, they were the first company in Japan to manufacture submersible pumps and have 4 factories, producing over 600,000 pumps per year while employing over 1,000 people.
This was a strategic purchase by Tsurumi who wish to build upon the success Obart Pumps have created for them in the single-phase contractor market, by growing further the UK market in 3 phase and wastewater pumps. Having been a Tsurumi distributor since 1975, it was a natural step to become part of the Tsurumi organisation and work with its vast resources to achieve further growth in the UK.
MD of Obart Pumps Matthew Hill quotes “I will continue to work for Obart and will retain my role as managing director as Tsurumi are looking for me to not only expand the Tsurumi brand in the UK but also maintain and grow all of our product groups. I am confident this transition will only see a positive impact for our customers in the future.”