The new operation is being headed by Andy Walsh, who joins Pipe Center from pump manufacturer Ebara
The new operation is being headed by Andy Walsh, who joins Pipe Center from pump manufacturer Ebara

Valvestock, the specialist valve and actuator arm of Pipe Center, has established an industrial pumps offering to target the specialist requirements of large-scale projects across the UK, support OEMs and deliver a unique multi-product offering to industrial end users.

The new operation is being headed by Andy Walsh, who joins Pipe Center from pump manufacturer Ebara.
Mr Walsh is qualified in fluid engineering from Monash University, Australia, and has more than 25 years experience in industrial pumps, with hands-on experience of HMD Kontro, Wilo, Emu, Grundfos and Lowara ranges.
 
Marcus Sampson, Valvestock trading manager, said: “Andy brings a wealth of experience, market knowledge and drive to help develop our ambitions in the industrial pumps market. I very much look forward to working with him.”
 
Mr Walsh will be based at Valvestock’s new premises in Fareham and works alongside valve specialists Stuart Coggan and Steve Ohm and export co-ordinator Lee Wilson, to support industrial pump projects in several key sectors.
 
Specialist sectors include power generation, food and beverage, water and waste, iron and steel-making, pharmaceuticals, industrial boiler feed, and quarrying and mining.
 
“We see huge opportunities in these areas for assisting clients with new and replacement pump projects,” said Mr Walsh.
 
“Industrial applications have their own unique challenges, and often require co-ordinating input from a number of disciplines.
 
“Bringing together the technical and application knowledge within Pipe Center and Valvestock, and marrying it with our own wide-ranging experience of large-scale industrial projects, enables us to offer a unique service that other suppliers simply can’t match.”