Pumps and pump technology are essential assets of the on and offshore oil and gas industry, as well as countless other market sectors and operating environments. With the pump market in the UK accounting for £1 billion plus it is no surprise that it comprises of countless businesses producing and developing a range of technology. In such a competitive arena it is extremely beneficial to have an umbrella trade organisation representing the interests of theses companies, and this is where the British Pump Manufacturers’ Association (BPMA) comes in.
Representing the interests of UK suppliers of liquid pumps and pumping equipment, the BPMA’s prime mission is to influence the business environment in the interests of competitiveness and profitability of the UK pump industry. It achieves this through a range of services including commercial, marketing, technical, environmental, and educational and energy together with regular meetings with its members. As an organisation the BPMA has an elected President and Council, which meets at least three times per year. These meetings are an essential forum for all members of the organisation to discuss the latest topics, themes and challenges facing the UK pump industry and are covered by a range of forums such as Technical Committees, Marketing Committees, Energy Working Groups, Europump Technical Standards and Marketing Commissions.
In order to promote and represent UK industry further afield the BPMA is itself a member of Europump – the European Association of Pump Manufacturers, which was established in 1960 and currently represents 18 National Associations in 15 EU member states, Turkey, Russia and Switzerland. With almost half of all world exports and 40 per cent of major patent applications, the European pump industry is the economic, commercial and technological leader, making Europump a key figure in the global pump industry. The BPMA and Europump are in fact closely intertwined, with BPMA’s past President also being a past President of Europump and Europump Executive Council special Mandate holder with responsibility for Europump Energy Strategy. The BPMA also provides the Secretariat for Europump’s Marketing Commission, while also being active in the Standards, Technical and PR Commissions.
BPMA’s list of members includes all of the major names in the UK pump industry, featuring companies covering all of the different aspects of pump research, design and development, manufacture and operation. All members of the organisation participate fully in all BPMA activities and there are considerable benefits of belonging to the BPMA. For example, it considerably increases the marketing and PR potential of a business through having a full company and product list on its website, providing excellent networking opportunities, entry into the BPMA ‘Buyers Guide’ (widely recognised as the pump industry ‘bible’ of companies), standards and representation at UK and overseas exhibitions and free advisory services. Other benefits include representation throughout the global pump industry, a myriad of technical benefits and access to a variety of educational and training programmes.
In order to ensure that the UK pump industry retains is reputation for quality and innovation, the BPMA considers training very important. In fact, the organisation offers a broad selection of traditional lecturer based courses starting from basic pumping fundamentals through to the more advance courses that deal with topics such as pump hydraulics ands pump systems. In addition to this, the BPMA provides a suite of e-learning courses for those that wish to increase their pump knowledge and expertise, while gaining nationally recognised qualifications. Further to this the BPMA acts as an ideal reference for all those involved with pump industry – its website features a selection of articles and reference pages covering all aspects of pumps and the pump industry including working pressure, glanded pump, DIN-Standards Centrifugal End-Suction Pump, shaft seals, required pump shaft power, static head and duty of pumps.
As with most industry sectors, 2011 hasn’t been the best year for the UK pump market. However, BPMA has continued to work hard to represent its members, as well as the great depth of talent within the UK sector. This year alone the organisation has welcomed six new members – Multitrode UK, Siemens IA/DT, LFH Engineering, SAER Burdens Pumps, Morrison Utility Services and Atlas Copco Compressors – and has worked hard to encourage UK businesses to continue to thrive. While it remains to be seen how the market develops during 2012, one fact remains certain; that the BPMA will continue to positively and expertly represent the UK pump industry both at home and abroad, ensuring that when companies from around the globe require the relevant pump expertise their first port of call will be the UK.
For further information please visit: www.bpma.org