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Unistrut Channel Support System, A Long History Unistrut channel has been around for almost a century and has become unsurprisingly, the generic name used to describe the syste... read more
Actuated Valve Solutions We offer a wide range of actuated valves here at, much of what is available manufactured by Genebre. Thi... read more
Valve and Pipeline Supplier 30th Anniversary Thirty years ago, this week, the company behind opened for business; Besseges (Valves, Tubes & Fitt... read more
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Unistrut channel has been around for almost a century and has become unsurprisingly, the generic name used to describe the systems of many manufacturers. The original Unistrut system was if my information is correct invented in 1924 by Charles Attwood, at the time being the Attwood System. Originally invented to support cable and electrical equipment, the inventor saw many uses for this ingenious support system. Mr Attwood continued to develop his Unistrut Channel and fixings unti..
We offer a wide range of actuated valves here at, much of what is available manufactured by Genebre. This is especially true when we are providing pneumatic actuated valve solutions. The latest range of pneumatic actuators from Genebre have a built-in visual open and shut indicator; therefore, reducing the cost of actuation when this is specified. We can offer other forms of actuated valve solutions including electric actuation and electro-pneumatic control va..
Thirty years ago, this week, the company behind opened for business; Besseges (Valves, Tubes & Fittings) Ltd became an independent limited company on the 1st of October 1988. Under the current managing director, the business started life as a small merchant in James Howe Mill, Ashton under Lyne and quickly grew into a busy local valve and pipeline supplier. Before the end of the first year, we had expanded the staff and put a representative on the road to..
When you search for WRAS approved ball valves online you will literally find thousands of pages offering a suitable valve. Here at, we can offer the latest Genebre valve to be approved for potable water in the United Kingdom, in fact, it's been part of our online range for years. Genebre offers a wide range of high-quality valves in brass and stainless steel that already meet EU water standards and in 2018 they have added the Art3029 brass ball valve to the U..
Actuated valves from are available in many types and sizes, the majority of the valves we offer are actuated here in Ashton-under-Lyne. This latest blog will cover what products are available and give timescales for delivery on this huge range. Actuated valves can be provided with fully electric actuation, pneumatic actuation and electro-pneumatic actuation. As this range can cover anything from an on/off ball valve to a serious control valve, some explanation..
Many accounts departments across the United Kingdom have the constant battle every working day of chasing payments. Payment terms across the UK vary from industry to retail hugely and having spoken to customers recently some are definitely not paying or playing fair. Delaying payments for many large businesses seems to have become the norm; with supermarkets and large construction businesses using their suppliers like a bank. Can you imagine being a company supplying products to a..
Besseges (Valves, Tubes and Fittings Ltd with have been a distributor of metric BS EN 1092-1 flanges for nearly three decades. When we started selling this product range they were BS 4504 and if and when they alter again slightly following our departure from the European Union, we will still offer this range. The difference between what we offer and some of our competitors’ supply could be of superior quality. At the time of writing this blog one of our main c..
M-Press press fittings are available from a few sources across the United Kingdom and if you are looking for a Northern or Manchester distributor. Look no further than ValvesTubesFittings and Besseges (Valves, Tubes & Fittings) Ltd. We carry stock of the full range in sizes 15mm to 54mm which includes copper, stainless steel and carbon steel. This simple but reliable pipework system can be installed a great deal faster than many traditional pipework methods and if done correctly ..
The Battle of Manchester Hill is a lesser known part of The First World War and came up as part of our last blog about the people of Ashton under Lyne and the Great War. The 16th Battalion of The Manchester Regiment held the hill above St Quentin in France. The hill is above the French Village of Francilly Selency and gave the 16th Battalion an excellent view of the German Positions in St Quentin. The position gave British and French Battalions what seemed to be an advantage; but ..
Our business has been a specialist supplier of process steam products since 1999 and we have grown into a business that is recognised by our customers as a source of process steam solutions. We have made 100s of site visits to businesses with process steam issues over the past 19 years, 100s is probably a very conservative estimate. In that time, we have assisted many contractors and manufacturing companies and offered sensible cost-effective process steam solutions. What we have ..
Cooking with steam offers efficient precise temperature control and it can be used to create direct clean heat using steam injection, or it can be used via heat exchangers such as coils for traditional cooking and baking. Cooking with steam does not mean you need to fill a chamber or oven with direct steam, although if this is your method it does create beautiful restaurant quality cuisine. Dry cooking is efficient but whether the heat comes from gas or electricity, it is essentially..
Grooved pipe and fittings were first used as early as 1917 and invented by a Royal Engineer, Lieutenant Ernest Tribe in conjunction with Dr Henry Hele-Shaw; originally known as the Victory Joint. The sad truth is they were originally developed for use on semi-portable flamethrowers used in battles during World War 1. It was found that many semi-portable flamethrowers had faulty connections; which when they failed covered the operators with burning liquid. A clever engineer Ernest ..
BS EN 10241:2000 Steel pipe fittings can be found at here at in sizes 1/4" to 6" or 8mm to 150mm nominal bore. Depending on your age you might know this range of threaded steel fittings as wrought iron; although they haven’t been manufactured in that material for a few decades. We offer BS EN 10241:2000 steel pipe fittings due to the robustness of the material and for the fact that this range covers up to 25 bar/364 psi. In our experience they are used ofte..
For people of a certain age, the Donkey stone remains a memory of mills and their rows of terrace houses. For those that don’t know what a Donkey stone was this should be a fascinating read and an insight into working-class pride in their homes. Before their decline, Donkey stones were used for cleaning the greasy steps in textile mills, the mixture applied a non-slip coating making them safer. Due to there wide use in the mills and the fact they were often used by female workers..
Looking for the best pipe and fittings suppliers online is a bit of a minefield as no matter where you go they promise the earth. As an online supplier of pipe and fittings, will certainly not promise the impossible. What we will do is provide the quality materials required to complete many pipeline installations. No matter what type of installation is being envisioned, we have plenty of experience across many sectors. The World Wide Web is now full of busi..
We can offer an extensive range of steam control valves from leading manufacturers and have the technical team that can ensure the correct valves are supplied. Here at, we are a leading supplier of steam control valves from market leaders, including Samson and TLV. We also offer steam control valves from less well-known manufacturers such as Genebre, where we have been a trusted distributor for over a decade. For more information on all we can offer in steam c..
Why would a tobacconist from Old Street, Ashton under Lyne be worthy of the paragraphs in our blogs under Ashton is stranger than fiction series? The reason is simple, the gentleman happened to be the first mixed race professional footballer to play English league football and in fact world football. The man was Arthur Wharton born 28th October 1865 at Jamestown South Africa. In the following paragraphs, we follow the history of a fascinating individual who began his life in what ..
Independent industrial plumbing and heating suppliers are few and far between these days, although there are many more domestic plumbing and heating suppliers available on most high streets. Here at ValvesTubesFittings, we are an online industrial plumbing and heating supplier with a trade counter facility. If you are based in and around the Greater Manchester area this means you can order online and pick up the material on the same day; subject to stock and availability. Of cours..
Genebre Valves 28/09/2017
Pay a visit to for Genebre valves, we offer a wide range of product in stock in the UK. As a business, we aren’t just playing the dropship game and immediately placing your order with our friends at Genebre. You can contact us today for a wide range of Genebre valves and be assured we will offer the material in a reasonable delivery time. There are several businesses in the United Kingdom that list a vast array of Genebre valves; only for the customer to find ..
When I joined this business 28 years ago we stocked Yorkshire brand solder ring and end feed fittings in copper. For many years we sold these mainly over our trade counter for those business collecting our more recognisable stock of malleable iron pipe fittings and at the time steel tube to BS 1387:1985. Our goals some years later changed and we discarded our stock of solder and end feed fittings. We made the decision to concentrate on our traditional threaded and welded fare in s..
Compression fittings for metal pipe coupling appear to have been first patented in 1943, with the application being made 22nd July 1940 by Irving Cowle. We know nothing of the man who improved on the idea a compression coupling apart from the fact he was from The United States and had produced a fitting that did not leak. The description of the Patent suggests very strongly that this was an early version of its modern counterpart. Compression fittings for copper pipe are sealed on..
We have several solutions available now in stainless steel M-profile press tube, with options in 304 and 316 stainless steel; and in addition, eco and standard wall options. The following blog will try to explore the pros and cons of each of these possibilities and with the new 304 range in limited sizes to replace carbon steel heating mains. For those not already aware, are M-Press distributors based in the Manchester area and offering deliveries across th..
The ValvesTubesFittings metal store is your one stop shop for all your pipeline requirements. We can offer tube in steel, stainless steel and aluminium; offering full lengths and cut pieces to suit the needs of our growing customer base. This metal store we are referring to is, of course, our main warehouse in Ashton under Lyne but as well as offering excellent delivery coverage across Northern England; we can deliver anywhere on the UK mainland including Yorkshire and across the ent..
Our business is to offer as many solutions as there are available for the installation of compressed air systems. Here at, we can provide most of, many of the associated pipeline products including EQOair aluminium tube and fittings. This system is one of the easiest to put together on low-pressure installations up to and including 16 bar pressure. This Blog will explore the simple installation requirements and the products available to complete your installat..
This is the third in our series of Ashton is stranger than fiction and what could be stranger than the origin of the town’s name. As you are probably aware there are many towns named Ashton; Ashton under Lyne our home then Ashton in Makerfield, Ashton under Hill, Ashton-on-Ribble, Ashton upon Mersey and Ashton Keynes to name but a few. Then add to this all the just plain Ashton’s in Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and you realise why so many places added to their origina..
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