A BUSY FEW MONTHS FOR THE BPMA
The BPMA’s membership has continued to grow in recent weeks, with three new full members joining the association.
BPS Pumps are the manufacturers of Beresford pumps, offering the PV and BY ranges aimed at chemical and fuel transfer applications.
Also recognising the benefits of BPMA membership are liquid transfer, emptying, mixing, filling, dispensing and metering specialist Flux Pumps International (UK). The company has a 70-year history, having invented the world’s first electric drum pump in 1950. Operating from sites in Sheffield, Leicester and Newcastle,
M Seals UK, a specialist manufacturer of engineered sealing solutions, completed the trio of new members.
Four associate members have also joined the BPMA since the last issue of flow. Conexiom provides a cloud-based platform that streamlines the transformation of unstructured trade documents into structured data. Rustek SA specialises in providing EAC certification services to the oil and gas, industrial and energy industries. Kiwa Watertec offers product design evaluation, precompliance testing and testing on all potable water products. Finally, the Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades represents and supports the interests of UK and international electromechanical repair businesses, many of which offer specialist pump repair services. It also works in partnership with the BPMA to develop and deliver training in the repair of pumps and pumping systems.
Recent weeks have also seen BPMA representatives meeting members and their customers at two trade exhibitions as the industry opens up post-pandemic. The first was the Drives & Controls exhibition held at the NEC in April, where the association’s Gary Wilde gave a talk on ‘Energy Efficiency in Motor Driven Pump Systems’. The team was back at the NEC again in May for the popular Chem UK exhibition and conference. Next up for the team is the Installer Show aimed at the heating, plumbing and electrical trade. It is also at the NEC, from 21-23 June.
In May, BPMA representatives and council members were in Brussels for a joint conference held by European trade bodies, CEIR, Pneurop and Europump. More of what the conference focused on can be found in this issue’s opinion piece on page 34. Alongside the conference, Europump members took part in a seminar highlighting the value and importance of the circular economy to the pump sector.
But possibly the highlight of recent weeks was the Pump Industry Awards held at the end of March. Alongside the well-deserved awards, more of which can be found on page 10 in this issue, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the Association’s CEO, Steve Schofield. It is always a challenge keeping the winner of this award quiet. But it was all the more difficult this year. However, a well-executed plan was put in place, which saw Steve tasked with ensuring a ‘pretend’ winner of the award was at the event – the stand-in was, of course, in on the plan. As a result, Steve was clearly as surprised as the rest of the crowd was delighted to be given the award for his career-long dedication to the pump industry.
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