Half way through the year and things are continuing at a frantic pace at Van Walt. We are instigating several new initiatives; have launched new products and taken on extra people. Please spare a few minutes to read on to catch-up with what's happening at Van Walt – it has been done to help and support you – our customers.
As always please don't hesitate to tell us if we are not meeting your expectations or when we get it right. Your continued feedback is vital to help us shape and structure our business. We hope we can continue to earn your valued custom.
Vincent van Walt
For many years Van Walt has resisted going down the ISO process because we believed we already had the necessary procedures, practices and measures in place to ensure we delivered excellent service to our customers. But we can resist no more and have finally resolved to get ourselves accredited to the ISO 9001 standard!
Recently the Channel 5 series – 'Megastructures' featured the elaborate and dangerous demolition of four obsolete cooling towers at the Sellafield power plant. A family-run company from America with specialist expertise in demolition had been selected to dismantle the 90m-high towers. The team planted 4,000 sticks of dynamite in such a way that the structures didn't hit nearby buildings when they collapsed.
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As early as 1995 environmentalists were warning that China's increasing demand for commodities would drive prices to record highs and the impact of its affluence would be felt in the form of greenhouse gases emissions.
Whether you're looking for a 'surface water sampler' or the most precise, accurate electronic soil-moisture measuring system on the market that works by the wireless transfer of soil moisture and soil temperature data by Bluetooth to a PDA – the PICO-BT Bluetooth Module - we have one of the most extensive ranges of environmental equipment – to rent or buy - in the UK.
Well if you're unfortunate enough to be in Afghanistan – then you might well see them there. The Army is a regular customer of our mini augers – for geological and environmental research.
The message is – don't underestimate the value of a good quality hand auger – they are lightweight, cheap and efficient soil investigation tools. And all those supplied by Van Walt are unpainted and untreated so are suitable for all environmental research.
We have just completed another very successful training course with delegates from all over the UK and the Republic of Ireland and places are going quickly for the next course on 30th September, 1st & 2nd October 2009.
The growth in renewable energy as a means to tackle climate change is a well known argument but the development of wind farms - the world's fastest-growing source of power - particularly when placed in equally important environmental areas like peat land (rolling hills near the sea which offer the right kind of wind are also the right conditions for bogs) and the adverse affects this could have on the environment is less well documented outside of the environmental community.
If you've been on the phone to us lately and couldn't help but notice the noise rest assured its good news – we are expanding! Due to increased demand for our rental equipment we have brought in the builders to create a larger rental room.
Laura Thorne joins us as from college and 6 months traveling around Australia. She is responsible for sales support and administration so will probably be the first person you speak to when you next call us. In addition, Laura will be managing our couriers, sales ledger administration and all sales documentation as well as supporting Yvonne and Tracey with database maintenance and new updates.
Recently, for a bit of fun, everyone in the office entered a competition run by our catalogue printer – L&S Printing, one of the largest colour printers in the South of England – to win a tour of the presses, lunch for up to 4 people and £150 of garden centre vouchers.
And Vincent was the lucky winner!
He is yet to set a date to take up his prize and, despite the win, we are already planning our next project with L&S to further promote our growing product range.