It’s true; 2016’s been a year of global surprises and upheavals. But it’s not all doom and gloom… Take a look at what you helped us accomplish in 2016.
1. Our platinum year
Platinum is one of the most prized resources on our planet. And as the precious metal that marks 70-year anniversaries, it was the theme for our celebrations in 2016.
Like platinum, we’ve been adaptable yet strong, constantly responding to the demands of each new generation of customer, developing the business with those changing demands in mind.
2. New website
In March we launched our brand new website - carefully thought through with the customer in mind and designed to reflect the kind of company Selwood is today.
3. Worldwide exhibitions
This year we’ve exhibited at some of the world’s largest exhibtions for water, sewage, waste, raw materials, quarrying and recycling.
In April we visited Bauma in Germany – and had fun with our colleagues from SPT with some British and German beer. In May we visited IFAT, also in Munich and in June we visited Hillhead in Derbyshire. We’ve also supported a number of distributor expos across the world.
4. New products
We have been working with our global network of distributors to feature the brand new S150M in their line-up of products – this medium head pump is suitable for multiple uses including sewage and sewer bypass and over pumping, water and wastewater applications, long distance water transfer and dewatering for sites and quarries.
We are also introducing a range of pumps with engines that meet the latest emission legislation for non-road mobile machinery. In the USA this means EPA Tier 4 Final and in Europe EU Stage IV.
5. New Technical Training Centre
In January we opened a newly refurbished Technical Training Centre & Classroom at Selwood’s Head Office and manufacturing facility in the UK, to support our expansion plans.
It has been used to train our worldwide distributors, UK-based rental fleet teams and internal staff over the year. Our knowledgeable teams have also visited our distributors around the globe to deliver training including South Africa and South America.
6. New distributors
2016 has been an exceptional year for welcoming new distributors into the Selwood network. This year we’ve joined forces with Holland Pump (USA), Bermad Fluid Solutions (Chile), Nemco (Baltic States) and Hydro+ (Belgium & Luxembourg).
We’ve also started working with Aquamec in Brazil as our new joint venture partners to assemble, distribute and support Selwood pumps in South America.
7. Rental fleet investment
We have made a multi-million pound investment in pump rental as we consolidate our position as a specialist in water and waste water applications.
The company has injected more than £5m into our pump rental business unit this year, and has committed a larger investment for 2017.
8. Europe expansion
In the short term, Selwood has plans to expand in the next 12 months with a specific focus on France and Spain, working with distributors DMTP in France and ABIN in Spain.
The increased network across both countries, plus new branches in the South of France and Madrid, will allow increased national coverage in the pump rental market.
9. 2017 and beyond
Internationally we have ambitious expansion plans for the future, including growing our team, developing new products and working with even more distributors and partners around the world.
In the UK we’ll also be opening two new pump rental branches serving the South West and Scotland, supporting more customers and strengthening our position as the UK’s number one pump rental solutions provider.