End of year Chairman’s update 2016

In his end of year update, our chairman, John Kneller, celebrates another fantastic year in pump efficiency

With an excellent new HQ that opened at the beginning of 2016, we were buoyed that our industry leading business would have a very bright year. Here, our chairman, John Kneller (pictured second from right), looks back at our award-winning year and forward to what will be an exciting 2017.

It was a case of new year, new premises in January. 2016 got off to a flying start with an exciting move to our new offices in Truro, Cornwall, which are now a central base for our expanding team. Purpose-built to house our lab and test centre, a research and development unit, as well as manufacturing and product distribution, the new facility provides a superb space in which we can grow.

With new offices representing a major investment in our business and developing technologies, we soon began to see a significant upturn in new business.

We delivered a pioneering and highly successful project alongside our partner to reduce energy costs across Severn Trent Water’s Melbourne Network, part of the water company’s Midlands and mid-Wales area. In May, we were delighted the work was awarded Project of the Year 2016 by the Pump Centre, a leading light within the UK pump industry.

The project – at the forefront of our real-time information-driven approach to water network optimisation – is the first example of using machine-level efficiency and performance measurements for the minimisation of network energy costs. These form the foundation for a ‘Decision Support System’ – one that can translate huge volumes of real time data to accurately optimise an entire sub-network of pumping assets.

Our team received the Pump Centre award at the centre’s annual conference. This was an excellent opportunity to raise our profile and achieve fantastic visibility at such an industry-leading event. Our Consultancy Director, Tom Clifford (pictured first left, collecting the award) gave the conference keynote presentation about our project. Watch this space for our 2017 exhibition plans.

Elsewhere in the UK we continued to maximise opportunities throughout 2016. Through our work in the north-east of the UK, we installed our first patented ECOFLOW and PROFLOW pump monitoring systems for our water company client. Within the mining industry we’ve also provided on-going pump tests for a company at its kaolin mining plant.

Globally we have completed our first pump tests in the US and are working closely with potential partners in several US states. Our portable testing system is now being used in Hong Kong. We’ve also worked with the petroleum sector along the Friendship Pipeline in Hungary and provided pump efficiency services to a global confectionary brand.

Our business in South Korea goes from strength to strength and we continue to develop relationships across the territory. Our local team, managed by Cho Geum Suk, provide a great service to the region.

During the year, our highly skilled and experienced team, lead by our MD Steve Barrett, has achieved considerable success by transferring knowledge across sectors. The team has delivered papers at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum’s annual MEMO conference, and the Clean Water Modelling Advisory Group Modelling a Path to Resilience conference. The team also continues to work with Exeter University in the UK on the European project – Mine Smart Grid – contributing pump efficiency measurement work.

We have welcomed new people too. Nick Brown recently joined our consultancy team and it’s great to have
him on board.

With exceptional knowledge of hydraulic equipment and a proven team player, Nick will help to maintain the consultancy team’s position as the largest provider of pump testing resources in the UK water industry. Having already supported pump tests in South Korea, he will help drive continued growth in Asia and expansion in North America.

It has been a very exciting and rewarding year, one we can look back on with pride. We have some exciting plans and new appointments already lined up for 2017, so watch this space!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank ‘Team Riventa’ for a great year, and wish our clients and suppliers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Pictured above (from top to bottom):

Top photo: Pictured from left: Steve Barrett (Director), Young Helliwell (South Korea team), Robert Hale (Hydraulic Consultancy team), John Kneller (Chairman) and Andrew Vickers (Hydraulic Consultancy team)

Middle photo: Pictured from left: Tom Clifford (Riventa Director), Bob Went (Pump Centre Chairman), Ian Patterson (Severn Trent Water Energy Manager) and Bill Edwards (Severn Trent Water Energy Manager)

Bottom photo: Nick Brown (Hydraulic Consultancy team)

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