Burkert is appointing Fluid Controls as its distributor for the South East of England, with the aim of maximising its ability to provide products and services in key markets such as pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, food and beverage, and semiconductors.
Fluid Controls Limited was founded in 1988 as a distributor of high-quality pressure control equipment to the oil and gas industries. Since then the company has grown considerably, establishing itself as one of the UK's leading distributors for pressure control equipment, and as a preferred supplier to many World-leading manufacturers and blue-chip companies.
The new distribution partnership corresponds with the move by Fluid Controls into newer and larger premises, which gives the company a better base from which to expand its activities. Richard King, Managing Director of Fluid Controls, comments: "We were actively seeking new opportunities to match our larger capabilities, when we came into contact with Burkert. Burkert's reputation goes before it as an industry-leader in process markets, as well as a highly respected worldwide brand. What we found was that our operations were a perfect strategic fit with those of Burkert, and that their plans and new product introductions were firmly aimed at the markets we are already serving or are seeking to penetrate.
"In our distribution partnership with Burkert we will be focussing on high-purity markets where hygiene is essential. Burkert is a leader in these market segments and has recently consolidated its position with a number of new products, amongst them the Element range, which sets a higher benchmark in process measurement and control."
With its headquarters in Aldermaston, Fluid Controls has four sales engineers, all of whom – after an intensive training programme - will be actively selling Burkert products. King states: "We aim to train all of our sales and application personnel – both internal and external – over a 12-month period.
"To support our sales activity, and to ensure that our customers receive fast, efficient service, we will also be holding a substantial stock of Burkert products. Our commitment in this area can be judged from the fact that we already hold £400,000 worth of stock to support our existing market-leading brands."
Commenting on the appointment of Fluid Controls, Paul Trevitt, General Manager of Burkert UK, says: "We are delighted to have a company with such levels of technical expertise, market coverage and quality of service as one of our distributors. Fluid Controls already operates in many of the markets which Burkert is seeking to develop, and we feel that the partnership between the two companies can only be beneficial in terms of our growth in the UK market over the medium to longer term."
King concludes by saying: "We are really looking forward to working with Burkert. They are incredibly enthusiastic, knowledgeable people, with a great range of innovative products that continue to lead the market."
More about Fluid Controls
A specialist in pressure management, Fluid Controls is a fully accredited ISO 9001:2000 company, supplying to a broad range of industries, including analytical, medical, food and beverage, chemical, environmental, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, automotive, and oil and gas.