History

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History

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A.K. Waugh Limited was founded by Mr. Archibald K. Waugh (pictured above) in 1940 to capitalise on his experience with Fuel Oil heating, gained with another famous but now defunct Glasgow company, Archibald Low Ltd*. At the beginning of the Second World War he approached the Petroleum Board, comprising Shell, BP and Esso to supply small oil heaters for the War effort. Successful in obtaining an Order for several units, this was the start of the business which continues to this day.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s A.K. Waugh Ltd. held a range of important patents, some of which will be published on this website in future.

Archie Waugh was only the second person to be admitted to Honorary Membership of BCEMA (British Combustion Equipment Manfacturers Association), in 1977. (BCEMA changed its name in 2004 to ICOM)

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Following Archie, his son Billy and later Bruce joined the company, taking it through the boom years of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Bruce left the company in the early 1970’s to successfully pursue other interests away from the engineering world. His contribution to the company is marked here.

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Bruce Waugh

The present Managing Director Andrew Waugh took over on the death of his father Billy Waugh in 1988 and is the third generation of the family to run the business.

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We are proud of the fact that many of our heaters are still in use after over 40 years, as evidenced by spares enquiries for heaters made in the 1940’s and 50’s. Typically these heaters have never required spare parts nor servicing, a testament to the quality and skill with which they were manufactured. We maintain an active database for equipment aged up to about 40 years (currently 1977) which is advantageous when looking for spare parts.

We celebrate our 75th year in business in 2015, with the completion of major energy utility contract behind us in 2012, and in 2013 we supplied a customer with 24 high specification water heater skids at short notice, to locations around the world. We continue to engage in a wide variety of interesting work, from Power Station Oil Heaters to Divers Hot Water systems to small immersion heaters -currently on an Antarctic Research Vessel.

Finally, we work to ISO9001:2000 and have done so for some years. However please note that although we are no longer registered with a provider, (the way that the system is implemented is inappropriate for a business of our size and type) our suppliers are all signed up.

* Archibald Low Ltd. later became Duncan Low Ltd. We supply spares for virtually all types of Duncan Low (DUNLOW) heaters.

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