Obituary: John Guest

Published:  15 July, 2010

WEST DRAYTON: John Guest, founder and chairman of John Guest International, the manufacturer of the JG Speedfit Push–fit System, died unexpectedly on Saturday 10 July, aged 83 years.

John Guest formed his first company in 1961, specialising in precision engineering and tool making. In 1974 he invented the first ‘Speedfit’ Push–fit Fitting and under his guidance the company grew, now supplying approximately 3500 different varieties of fittings, tube and other fluid control products to a wide range of markets.

The company, which has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise on four separate occasions, employs some 1000 people in West Drayton, Maidenhead, and three other sites across the UK. Another 200 people work in sales and distribution companies around the world.

Always very much a champion of British Industry, John Guest’s philosophy was always to design and manufacture products of the highest quality. Every stage of manufacture, from product design and tool making to final assembly and testing all carried out under one roof, ensuring that only products of the highest standard are produced.

Mr Guest was proud to have received an MBE for Services to Industry in 1982 and, in 1995, an Honorary Masters Degree from Brunel University.

His sons Robert, Barry and Tim and grandsons Tristan and James who also work in the business, fully intend to build upon his legacy and continue the company’s worldwide growth.

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