Robert Cort, the Reading-based manufacturer of pipeline ball and gate valves, has been acquired by the Yorkshire-based Flow Group Ltd, suppliers of specialist valve solutions to the global energy industry. Robert Cort has been operating from Reading since 1823 and on the existing site since the early 1960’s. The Cort range of pipeline ball and gate valves covers sizes from 2” to 60” and pressures from class 150 to class 2500. Cort valves are used in oil and gas pipelines, oil refineries, jetties and tank farms all over the world and many that were installed over 50 years ago still being supported and giving excellent service. The Cort business will now be conducted by Robert Cort Valves Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Flow Group Limited. John Wall, the Flow Group Managing Director, will take on the role of Managing Director of Robert Cort Valves and the business will continue to operate from the current site in Reading.