Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal visited Valeport, the Totnes-based world leading marine technology company yesterday (06 February 2020). The special visit commemorated 50 years of trading by the firm which creates precision underwater measuring equipment.
During the visit to Valeport’s state-of-the-art riverside premises, The Princess Royal was welcomed by Managing Director, Matthew Quartley, who accompanied Her Royal Highness for a tour of the factory. The Princess Royal spent time chatting to Valeport staff in the Machine Shop and Assembly Area and even tried out the laser engraving machine, which had been set up to engrave the Royal Crest onto a gift which was later presented to The Princess Royal.
Following the tour of the manufacturing facilities The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to commemorate Her Royal Highness’ visit to Valeport and cut a celebratory 50th anniversary cake at a special reception also attended by local dignitaries.
Commenting on The Princess Royal’s visit to the business which employs more than 90 people in Totnes, Valeport Managing Director, Matthew Quartley said:
“We are delighted to have welcomed Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to Valeport to mark our 50th anniversary. This was a very special day for us. I am so proud of everything we have achieved in the last five decades and today is a celebration of the passion and commitment of our people, who are the heart of our business.
“It was fantastic to host The Princess Royal and showcase the innovative work we are doing here in Totnes for a worldwide customer base. And it’s important to me to recognise and thank all of our colleagues, both past and present, for their contribution and dedication which has bought us to this point – I’m pleased to say after fifty years Valeport is still a strong, dynamic and growing business, and we look forward to the next fifty years.”
Valeport has come a long way since its humble beginnings in Dartmouth, Devon (UK) in 1969 with its first product, a Braystoke Flow Meter, used in the feasibility study for the Thames Barrier project in London.
Today, the independent, family owned business which designs and manufacturers precision sensors and probes to deliver high accuracy data, exports 80% of its Devon-made innovative technology to a worldwide customer base that includes the environmental, energy, construction, dredging, civil engineering, scientific research and military sectors.