August 2015 - Marine Technology Reporter

MTR100: Valeport

Posted by Irina Tabakina

St Peter’s Quay, Totnes, Devon,
UK TQ9 5EW   
T: +44 1803 869292   
E: [email protected]   
CEO/President: Matt Quartley   
No. of Employees: 81   
Annual Sales: $12.5m


Valeport is a U.K. manufacturer of underwater measuring equipment that reinvests in R&D to develop new products for Hydrographic & Oceanographic markets.   

Valeport was established in 1969, in the small port town of Dartmouth in the South West of England, with a simple product range based around the Braystoke Impeller Flow Meter.  Sold to Oceanics plc in 1982, a strategy change saw Valeport put up for sale in 1985, and it was acquired in a management buy out by Charles Quartley, Technical Director of Oceonics. Since then, Valeport has expanded its product range, and developed a strong reputation within the industry for high quality, reliable instrumentation. In 2003, the company outgrew the factory in which it had been based since 1969, and acquired a site a few miles up the river Dart in the historic town of Totnes.  The new site met all requirements, and contains all the facilities necessary for the development, production, calibration and testing of all its products. 

In 2005, Charles stood aside as Managing Director to be replaced by his son Matthew, who has been with Valeport since graduating in 1994.  A new investment of $3.6m in a 3.5 story facility was added in 2013 to more than double the workspace to 28,000 sq. ft. and houses the entire production facility with a fully equipped CNC workshop, state of the art calibration laboratory and two floors of ESD protected assembly workshop. The business now employs around 81 staff, and continues to invest heavily both in new product development, and also in all the facilities necessary to manufacture and supply the quality products for which Valeport is known.   

Products include: Sound Velocity Probes / Sensors, Altimeters, Bathypacks, Depth and Pressure sensors, Radar Level Sensor,  Current Meters, Tide Gauges, Wave Recorders, CTD’s, Multi-Parameter CTD’s, new Fluorometer and optical sensor range, plus a  GPS Echo Sounder.   


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