Established in 1962, Wavin Limited is the UK’s leading supplier of water management, plumbing, heating and drainage systems for the Building, Construction and Utilities markets. Highly respected within the construction industry, Wavin has a reputation for innovation and leadership and has an extensive product portfolio under the OSMA, Hepworth, Hep2O, Thermoboard, Intesio and Certus brands.
Wavin Limited employs approximately 1200 people, located in 7 production locations and throughout the country. Wavin products are available at the leading merchants in the country.
The British Standards Institution has issued certificates registering Wavin as a firm of assessed capability, with a quality management system which meets the requirements of BS EN ISO 9001. Wavin systems are the benchmark for excellence and product innovation: precision-manufactured using the most advanced injection moulding and extrusion machines. All products comply with or exceed relevant British and European standards to ensure reliability and long-lasting service. All Wavin Limited manufacturing sites operate Environmental Management Systems which comply with the requirements of and are certified to ISO 14001: 2004.
Wavin Limited is part of the Wavin Group , the leading supplier of plastic pipe systems in Europe, headquartered in the Netherlands. Established in 1955, Wavin can look back on 55 years experience in production, development, marketing and sales of plastic pipe systems and solutions.
The Group has operations in 29 European countries, with manufacturing plants in 16 of those, and one in China. Outside Europe, Wavin has a network of licensees and distributors. The company employs approximately 6,300 people and reported 2009 sales of EUR 1.2 billion.
Wavin was officially founded in 1955 in Zwolle, the Netherlands. At this time, Wavin founder J.C. (Johan) Keller is the director of the local water company in the Dutch province Overijssel. This water company (WMO) supplies a mostly rural district with a number of urban centres. For the benefit of the widely scattered consumers, WMO has installed a large network of mostly iron pipes. But the utility finds itself faced with the problem of serious corrosion and loss of water before it gets to the customers.
Keller decides to focus on the development of plastic pipes. In the 1950’s plastic pipes are not new, but the WMO-director wants them tailor-made for the supply of drinking water. In a small workshop in Zwolle he succeeds in producing the first plastic pressure pipes for potable water with diameters of 100 mm and larger.
On 5 August 1955 Wavin (a contraction of the words WAter and VINyl) is founded. It employs 52 people.
Wavin Limited aims to maintain its position as a leading manufacturer of building products. Our objective is to provide our customers with the right product, at the right time, and at a competitive price.
We are committed not only to compliance with environmental laws and the adoption of acceptable standards, but also to the introduction of measures to limit the adverse effects of our operations on the environment.
As a major user of energy and extractor of raw materials, the facilities and operation of our businesses could have a significant impact on the environment. We aim to maximise the efficiency of our use of energy and raw materials through employee awareness, waste segregation and minimisation, and recycling where practicable.
Our environmental policy is integrated with all relevant aspects of our operations to reduce the adverse impact on land, air, water, flora, fauna, property and the public at large.
Our environmental policy provides the basis for setting and reviewing standards, objectives and targets for all Operations within a continuous improvement regime.
New processes and procedures for both manufacturing and services are systematically assessed to ensure that efficiencies are optimised without sacrificing environmental benefits.
The Directors of Wavin UK actively support all personnel in the pursuance of this Policy.