For over 160 years our success has been built on providing innovative and high quality solutions for the identification of components and products.
On 23rd May 1849 William Pryor purchased a Sheffield based mark making business where Edward Pryor, his son, was serving his apprenticeship. Edward went on to become a master engraver and led his business to international renown in its field.
Edward's eldest and youngest sons, Edward Staniforth Pryor and George Albert Pryor took over the running of the company in 1883 and 1898 respectively, before handing over to his grandson Ronnie Pryor in 1938. Ronnie led the company through its period of greatest expansion including an extensive global footprint, until his death in 1984.
Today the company is still run from its headquarters in Sheffield, UK. Sheffield is recognised worldwide for its long and proud history in manufacturing and engineering expertise, being at the forefront of metal technology and advanced manufacturing.
The late 20th and early 21st Centuries have seen Pryor maintain their position as a world leading supplier of identification technologies with the development of machines, software and automation solutions.
Our Technology Timeline
Our history of innovation, technological firsts and industry milestones is summarised below, from the creation and launch of precision marking dies to the latest in robotics and machine vision.