ERIKS UK has signed an extended distribution contract with SMC Pneumatics (UK), the world leader in pneumatic technology. Under the terms of the new agreement, ERIKS UK becomes a Level 1 National Distributor for the entire SMC range of pneumatic products and services.
The extended agreement builds upon an already successful relationship between ERIKS and SMC that has evolved over the years, and brings together the extensive technical sales and support teams of both organisations. With SMC´s extensive engineering, development and test facility in Milton Keynes, ERIKS UK can focus on providing real engineering and cost saving benefits to UK industry.
About the new arrangement Nigel Ord, General Manager ERIKS Technology Centre – Fluid Power said: “The significance of the enhanced Level 1 status for SMC products strengthens our already strong association with the SMC brand. For our customers, we now offer full product support and have over quarter of a million pounds worth of SMC products available ex-stock for same or next day delivery.”
Steve Bangs, Managing Director of SMC Pneumatics (UK), said: “We extended our Level 1 agreement with ERIKS UK because the company offers a broad line of products to a wide range of industries that are key targets for increasing our business. SMC Corporation´s manufacturing excellence compliments ERIKS support and know how. In addition, we look forward to supporting ERIKS UK as they engage in joint initiatives to develop the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) markets nationally “
As the undisputed market leader for Industrial Products and Services in Europe, ERIKS UK provides access to the largest technical sales force, biggest range of stocked products and widest portfolio of leading brand partners to customers from over 103 locations nationwide.
ERIKS UK´s level of product availability is unparalleled within the industry with over 10 million items in stock. This means ERIKS´ customers are able to choose parts from a broad range of industry leading pneumatics for use in both replacement applications and volume assembly operations. This service provides the customer with both the convenience and cost savings of only having to deal with one, expert supplier. Technical support and a complete fluid power solution service from design and specification to assembly, installation and maintenance completes what is an unrivalled fluid power offering.
ERIKS UK also offer a design and installation service for pneumatic systems. By outsourcing the design, build and commissioning, companies are able to improve efficiency by focussing on their core activities.
According to Nigel Ord: “Many of our customers are also often involved in developing new equipment and machines to enhance or expand their facilities, we have a dedicated team of over 30 fluid power specialists to provide high level technical assistance.” This will now be supported by the extensive sales and engineering team from SMC.
ERIKS UK offers both systems and engineering support for the OEM and MRO markets. Specialist designers are on hand offering value-added services such as design and build of electro-pneumatic control systems and advice for the most cost effective solution to customers´ requirements. Customers can also take advantage of compressed air usage audits and energy reports to identify potential savings for their company. These services are being widely used as part of a programme to offset the increased energy costs brought about by Government policy on Climate Change.
Steve Bangs (MD) from SMC said that the new partnership with ERIKS UK is an important piece of our jigsaw helping to complete our Distribution Strategy, with customers able to access SMC Pneumatics´ products and support easily, wherever they are in the country. He added: “The high calibre technical support and know-how provided by the service centres and their proven track record in the Fluid Power sector further convinced us that ERIKS UK is the right partner for us.”
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