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About Us

Who we are

The AC Valve Alliance Group consists of seven separate privately owned companies, each one an expert in their own field.

The companies offer specialist valve and automation solutions for a diverse range of industries and applications. The group operate as major stockists and distributors whilst also offering exciting manufacturing options.

We employ dedicated specialists with wide-ranging industry experience and in-depth product knowledge. This important understanding enables us to provide great solutions and up to the minute advice on the best selection of products and materials.

Our aim is to educate, support and build confidence with our customers in a friendly, knowledgeable manner.

The team

Gary Plant

Gary Plant

Group Sales Director

Steve Jennings

Steve Jennings

Automation Director

Nick Papworth

Nick Papworth

Technical Manager Valves

Stuart Walters

Stuart Walters

UK Sales Manager

Drew Prescott

Drew Prescott

Export Sales Manager

Clive Gamble

Clive Gamble

Project Manager

Facilities and premises

Our 55,000sq. ft facility is centrally located in the heart of the Midlands. We have a policy of continuous investment, we have extended our offices, warehouse and workshop facilities which has enabled us to greatly expand our stock holding, valve automation centre and project valve supply capability.

We have a new dedicated manufacturing and fabrication facility with a 10-tonne overhead crane which has significantly increased our in-house pipe skip design and manufacturing capacity.

Company History

AC Valve & Controls Ltd is formed in a special partnership with PEKOS, an exciting and dynamic ball valve manufacturer from Spain.

The Valve Alliance Ltd is created in partnership with PERAR-Italy to establish a major European stock holding for API 6D trunnion mounted ball valves.

Starline Ball Valves UK Ltd is established as the UK affiliate of Starline spa, a diverse and well-established forged steel ball valve manufacturer from Italy.

Technical Valve Services Ltd is formed by the group to provide dedicated in-house testing and modification services.

Air Torque UK Ltd is formed as an affiliate of Air Torque Italy providing the group with specialist pneumatic automation products and expertise.

Valve & Pipework Systems Ltd joins the group in an exciting new venture to provide a dedicated design and pipe skid manufacturing capability.

Nacional Safety Valve UK Ltd is the latest company, bringing a new specialty to the group with safety valve products manufactured in Spain.

Technical Valve Services Ltd bring a new design and manufacturing capability to the group with its ‘made in Britain’ range of severe service valves for fast track and bespoke duties.

Why choose us

We pride ourselves on the quality of our products and the technical knowledge of our people, we have built up a strong reputation for supplying first class support and offering innovative solutions and designs to suit wide ranging customer requirements.

With extensive investments in enhanced workshop facilities we can provide a flexible and rapid response to a wide range of engineering issues. This sets us aside as we can quickly satisfy specific customer requirements within our own facility and under our own quality control which is continually monitored.

Our stock products are supplied with full traceability and we can rely upon the full quality support of our manufacturing partners.

Our mission is also to provide you with options to cover all possible delivery requirements, whether It’s from stock, upgraded stock, factory supplied lead time or one of our in-house manufacturing solutions, we cover all the possibilities.


With seven individual companies under one roof we are expertly positioned to fulfil any customer requirement internally, under strict quality controls and in a quick and cost-effective manner.

Our unique alliance concept is designed around the close relationships that we have built, over an extended period, with our principal supply partners.

We have carefully selected our manufacturing partners to ensure that we offer into industry only the very best and most current products.

These strong relationships place us at the forefront with the ever-changing demands for new materials, special testing, product qualifications and approvals. We provide a unique continuity of service and supply not often recognised.

This is based not only on our long-standing supplier relationships but also credit to our loyal team that have worked and grown up with us over many years.

Supported Approach

Along with specialist, niche technology comes responsibility, which is where our ethos of product specialist roles comes into its own.

Employing engineers and salespeople with countless years of product specific experience gives customers both large and small peace of mind when it is most needed.

Global shipping

We are proud to offer our products on a global scale and can supply valves from stock on a fast turnaround, tested and packaged to suit your requirements. We can despatch the same day if needed including complex actuated valve assemblies.

We can deliver directly from the factories or from our own dedicated logistics facility in Leicester. Just let us know your requirements and we will find the right solution that suits you. Our quality team works closely with our manufacturing partners and operates an approved supplier list with an extensive vendor approval process. This gives us supply options and flexibility of choice to suit your specific requirements.