South East Water, which supplies water to over 2 million customers, has awarded a five-year framework contract to AVK for the sole supply of mechanical fittings. The contract covers couplings and adaptors from DN50 through to DN1200 to suit all pipe materials, as well as a range of specialist fittings and under-pressure tees.This substantial contract award is the latest in a series of framework contract wins for AVK with water companies across the UK and Ireland.
Dean Wheatley, AVK’s Business Development Manager for mechanical fittings, is delighted with the framework award:
‘The AVK team put in a lot of work to ensure we truly understood South East Water’s mechanical fitting requirements. This enabled us to create an offer that addressed their key objectives.
Whilst hitting key points was important, it was the combination of UK-based supply chain resilience, a coherent strategy and comprehensive product range that gave us a competitive advantage.’
AVK’s UK fittings manufacturing facility is based in Hyde, Manchester. As well as creating standard stock items, Hyde is also the home of AVK’s bespoke 24/7 fabrications unit for specialist fittings. These could include under-pressure tees, one-off repair clamps and dismantling joints. Substantial investment in robotics has had a significant impact on the speed with which bespoke fittings can be fabricated.
‘Covid has caused issues for all suppliers in terms of raw materials and components. I believe this has made procurement teams truly value UK manufacturing and stockholding in terms of supply resilience. The fact that AVK’s fittings range is not beholden to the vagaries of supply from China stood us in good stead during the contract review process.
I believe other water companies will be looking to review their supply arrangements for mechanical fittings in 2022. I feel confident that AVK has the range, supply chain, stockholdings, and technical competencies to put us in a position to win further framework contracts.’
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