Our history of partnership
Since Hallite’s birth in 1903 we have had partnership at the heart of our company, giving our customers complete confidence in the performance of their hydraulic cylinders, producing premium seals, wipers and bearings of proven quality, and delivering them across the world.
The brand has an enviable track record in innovation. Our success has been built on a reputation for safety and reliability. We offer our customers the best of both worlds, a local team they get to know and trust, together with the support and technical capabilities of our global network.
The original partnership
Our spirit of collaboration comes from the original partnership of the Hall Brothers who, together with their partner A.H.Aaron, began trading as Hallite Douglas Ltd from two small offices on the third floor of a building at 105 Leadenhall Street, London EC3.
The Hallite brand is registered
The Hallite brand was registered.
The first site
Originally based in East London, the enterprising brothers moved the partnership to the Oldfield Works in Hampton, where one of our global manufacturing centres has been ever since. Personally committed to customers and employees alike, the Hall & Hall partnership continued its success, with ‘Hallite’ becoming a reliable trademark of quality, with a growing reputation in the UK market and beyond.
The onset of WWII saw the site being used as an ‘Air Raid Precautions Centre’. Throughout the war years the Company continued to trade across international borders, and sustained war damage on a number of occasions. The Company’s products were classed as essential for the war effort, and day and night shift working took place.
The company began trading with the National Coal Board and today still supplies products to the UK and international mining industries.
The first patents
- Hallite files a patent for the single-acting fluid seal called the ‘Hallprene Patent Fluid Seal’ in the 1953 Hallite Handbook. This design later became known as the Hallite Type 18.
- Hallite registers patent for the double-acting piston seal
Global expansion of the brand
During the 1960s Hallite established a manufacturing centre in the USA as well as distribution centres in Australia and France.
During the 1970s further distribution centres were established in Germany and Canada.
Hallite was expanding globally through the spirit of partnership, maintaining a spirit of coordinated autonomy between its local companies whilst getting closer to its customers without compromising on quality. That spirit of collaboration between the Hallite companies still characterises Hallite today.
Hallite Seals Ltd.
The Company’s name was changed from Hall & Hall Ltd. to Hallite Seals Ltd and the double H logo made its first appearance.
A history of ‘firsts’
- The Hallite 730 seal is introduced. This marks the start of a new era in seal mining leg cylinders. The new design includes polyester face rings in combination with NBR energizers, supported by active, split POM AE rings.
- 506 bearing
- Tight tolerances
- Available in ready-made bearings cut to size and to customer specifications
- Available in spiral lengths and flat coils
- Low friction
605 rod seal
- General purpose rod seal
- Robust design
- Excellent wear resistance
- Increase seal stability
- Performs well over wide temperature range
- and is extremely effective in low temperatures
- Primary lip protection
- Easy to install
Focusing our expertise
Hallite became part of Wellington Holdings plc.
754 piston seal
The Hallite 754 piston seal is launched. The first compact piston seal design from Hallite using all moulded components
716 TPE face rod seal
The Hallite 716 TPE face rod seal is launched as part of a solution for Vee pack housing that requires no maintenance and service for up to 6 years.
During the 1990s Hallite established another distribution centre in Europe and acquired Dynamic Seals in the USA.
The Hallite 846 “Intelligent Wiper” was introduced
Hallite introduces the 846 “Intelligent Wiper” featuring Umbrella Wiper Technology, a protective debris guard flap on the wiping lip that entirely covers the gland housing and prevents the water/slurry trap that is common with conventional wipers. This feature offers added protection to the integrity of the hydraulic system by reducing corrosion and preventing the ingress of contamination into the wiper housing groove. The design minimises the oil transfer out of the ram on the cylinder rod by collecting traces of fluid passing the rod seal.
764 compact piston seal
Hallite introduces the 764 compact piston seal.
Wellington Holdings plc was acquired by Fenner plc. Fenner Sealing Technologies Hallite became a part of Fenner Advanced Sealing Technologies.
Continuing the growth
- Hallite established another key manufacturing site in Shanghai, China
- Hallite opened a new manufacturing site in Wixom, Michigan, USA
- Hallite acquired Australian distributor, Transeals
- Hallite established a distribution centre in India
864 wiper seal
- Fits popular Asian housing sizes
- Nitrided metal case provides maximum corrosion resistance
- Precision trimmed sealing lip ensures drier sealing system
- Textured wiper lip for improved leakage control
- Designed to follow the rod deflection caused by side loads
- Long life and long wear
780 piston seal
- Excellent position holding characteristics under load
- Extremely well proven in a variety of applications using hydraulic oil
- Excellent on a variety of tube surface finishes
- Low friction
The partnership between Hallite and the Milwaukee School of Engineering lives on still now, together, the two organisations push the boundaries of testing and together produce repeatable and comparable test results. Both organisations bring decades of experience in each of their respective areas of expertise with the aim to continually improve sealing technology.
- Hallite expanded the manufacturing and distribution centre in Toronto, Canada
- Hallite further expanded manufacturing facilities in Shanghai, China
The latest innovations
- Hallite launches the PTFE Armorlene™ range
- Hallite launches the new P94 piston seal
The acquisition by Michelin
This event opened a new chapter in our 100+ years history.
Michelin is headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France and is present in 170 countries. Michelin has more than 114,000 employees and operates 70 production facilities in 17 countries, which together produced 190 million tires in 2017. Michelin has a long-standing expertise in the materials domain, and Hallite has a longstanding reputation as one of the leading polymer sealing companies in the fluid power market. By mutually leveraging our expetise in high-technology material, we are expecting new synergies to be discovered that will enhance our ability to deliver new and improved hydraulic cylinder sealing systems through advanced material development and product testing and product testing.
Advancing in technology
This high-density automated storage solution, installed at five Hallite warehouses, maximises storage capacity and dramatically increases stock availability.