AVK has been awarded a framework contract by Yorkshire Water for the supply of mechanical fittings including tensile-resistant fittings, under-pressure tees, repair fittings and end caps. The contract covers AMP7 which runs from 2020 to 2025.
Although Yorkshire Water has used AVK mechanical fittings for many years, this is the first formal contractual award. Graham Charnley, AVK’s National Sales Manager, believes the award is down to AVK’s long-term commitment to product development, the flexibility of its logistics offering and the breadth of technical support it is able to provide:
“Fittings have been manufactured at the Hyde facility since 1979. AVK Syddal was formed in 2012 following the purchase by AVK of Syddal Engineering Ltd. We have invested heavily in UK design, development and manufacturing to ensure we can provide customers with comprehensive ranges across our core product groups. This investment in product, process and people enables us to service and supply larger contracts. We have quite literally grown – in scale, skills and performance – as a company.
We are looking forward to working closely with Yorkshire Water Services (YWS) as a strategic partner across the supply, implementation and support phases of this contract. Our collective goal is the reliable supply of safe and clean water to all YWS customers.”
Two of the priorities for all water companies in AMP7 are reducing leakage and customer service. AVK’s under-pressure tees enable connections to be made without disrupting customers and its repair clamps ensure continuity of supply in the event of a leak.
According to Charnley, the contract will be serviced from the AVK Syddal factory in Manchester and from stockholdings located across the YWS region: “I am a great believer in the savings that can be generated by, in effect, value engineering the supply chain. AVK’s engineers will be involved earlier in the design process to ensure the most effective product is specified. We will also be working hard to streamline and optimise the number of orders placed to reduce transaction costs.”