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Mike Pilkington founded Pilkington Marine Engineering in 1966 at Frodsham in Cheshire. In 1980 the company moved to the South West of England where business has steadily grown.

In the early nineties the decision was made to broaden the company's base by taking on new dealerships for high quality products, MAN Marine Engines and ZF Gearboxes. 1997 saw the birth of Pilkington Marine Engineering Ltd (PME Ltd) with Peter Chalk becomming a partner in the business. High quality dealerships were introduced including MAN Marine Engines, ZF Marine Transmissions, Cummins Mercruiser, Vetus Marine Engines and Rexroth Bosch Control Systems.

During this time the company has steadily grown and with it a reputation for quality and marine engineering know how. Today PME Ltd has a very broad customer base ranging from the private individual with motor cruisers and sailing yachts up to 100 metres in length to large boat builders and authorities. These include the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), HM Customs and Excise, Marine Projects, Sunseeker Boats, Fairline Boats, Sealine Boats and Princess Yachts, the M.o.D. and several pilot authorities.

The company's sphere of operation has changed dramatically from the early years with engineers travelling as far as the Oman, the West Indies, France, Spain, Portugal and of course the length and breadth of the United Kingdom and Eire. Spare parts are supplied world-wide.