VAG-Armaturen GmbH is a German company with more than 130 years of experience in the design and manufacturing of heavy-duty valves for all kinds of water applications. At the end of our journey, we retained the traditional aspects that make us a strong valve manufacturer, namely a wide range of proven products and the know-how of a highly experienced crew. On our way, however, we took new aspects onboard such as courage, inventiveness, initiative and motivation. With nearly 1,000 employees worldwide the valve manufacturer is a globally active company and is setting new standards as a solution and system provider in water and wastewater technology. With over 180 sales representatives, 14 subsidiaries and 4 production facilities VAG is at home around the world.
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- Industry Type:
- Water and Wastewater
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
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This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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VAG's journey from a traditional manufacturing company to a modern solutions provider has surely not gone unnoticed.
At the end of our journey, we retained the traditional aspects that make us a strong manufacturer, namely a wide range of proven products and the know-how of a highly experienced crew. On our way, however, we took new aspects onboard such as courage, inventiveness, initiative and motivation. They not only help us extend our know-how, they also enable us to offer our customers solutions no-one else can. Like Columbus, we don’t wait for our customers to discover us but set off on a journey to discover the new world in search of new challenges and new solutions.
We set new standards in quality and service. Our priority is manufacturing excellence. Innovative and customised solutions continuously enrich our product range.
But taking a new course does not mean that we threw important values overboard. We are, and will remain, a mid-sized customer-focussed company. For us, trust and personal service are not just empty words.
The wind in our sails is the wind of change. We have listened to our customers and set sail on our journey. We are dedicated to defining new standards in water and wastewater products. We are dynamic, responsible and full of new ideas. Join us on our voyage to the new world.
In the near future, water will be the topic that moves the world. Alternatives can be found for fuel, but not for water. In the world’s hotter regions, drinking water is already more valuable than petrol. In Europe, water is increasingly used to generate energy. Water is and will remain one of our most important resources. Only the most innovative of companies will play a role on the global water and wastewater markets. The arid countries will continue to dry out, while the wetter countries will flood more frequently. Modern and sensible water management—one of our main goals—is the only way to keep the balance.
Creative ideas and sensible solutions will pave the way. In a few years, VAG will be one of the key players on the water market because we will have recognised and responded to the requirements of our international customers on time. New requirements need new systems.
We are working towards the market of 2011 today. We are always one step ahead, which is why we can offer you tomorrow's solutions today.
Today is in your hands, tomorrow in ours. And yesterday shows what we are capable of!
One day in the very near future ...
- A new dam will be built, and an old one will be reinforced for the next few decades.
- Chemical wastewater will have to be safely transported through the different purification processes.
- An infrastructure for a new super passenger aircraft will be needed - enough extinguishing water must be available in the event of emergencies.
- A highly efficient power station with high technical safety requirements is planned.
These and similar activities require specialised valve solutions. This is a home game for VAG because we provide competent solutions for water and wastewater.
Our international sales teams work with our customers to find the solutions that respond to their requirements. Our team’s technical competence enables them to recognise problems and devise the right solutions. Our team’s business competence enables them to ensure that the solution they develop is the most cost effective. And our teams are sensitive to linguistic and cultural differences.
Each valve is unique: use and configuration require comprehensive solutions and often even brand new ideas. Our sales representatives do not simply select individual valves and give them drives and controls, they go to the tool-box and design a unique valve that meets the use and configuration specifications.
Country and customer-specific quality requirements are nothing new to VAG. Our valves run continuously for decades. From the Brazilian rain forest to the Gobi desert, VAG's valves withstand the ravages of time. The quality of our valves is still clearly visible after decades of endurance.
VAG is a manufacturing company that adds value to every manufacturing site. We partner with suppliers who follow and implement our philosophy making each manufacturing site part of our valve’s tool-box. Quality, cost effectiveness and speed are clear signs of a mature idea - something we learned from the automobile industry. Our product life cycle is limited to 5 years - that ensures dynamism!
Our employees identify themselves with the company and see the flat organisation structure as a service. Our employees' suggestions and criticism, their different cultures and international orientation constantly broaden our horizon. We are able to use these opportunities because we are a personal, flexible, mid-sized company.
We want to grow so that we can work towards the responsible use of scarce resources and provide more people with jobs they can identify with. You can measure us by our innovations because 'we move water'.
Global ideas and actions
We have manufacturing sites and distribution partners around the world. This enables us to guarantee product availability, expert advice and service globally.
Setting service standards
Our service centres are in proximity of each other. This enables us to ensure the rapid availability of our products while maintaining high quality standards. Qualified personnel monitor delivery delays and reliability in order to improve cost effectiveness and reliability.
A solution provider that adds value.
VAG is a solution provider with exceptional in-house qualities:
This means that you have a single point of contact for every phase of your project. And we don't just move out at the end of a project. We provide the following after-sales services:
- Spare parts
Here too, you have a single point of contact: VAG.
We recognise tomorrow's requirements today. A whole team is working on solutions for people and the environment that are applicable and cost effective. With the environment in mind, we do our utmost to make quality products that last a lifetime and prevent expensive consequential costs that will weigh heavily on the next generation.
Our customers are our focal point. We design new products according to our customers' requirements. This approach differentiates us from most of our competitors.
Without VAG, water would not be supplied and distributed the way it is today. Wherever water is treated, moved, stored and distributed, VAG's gate valves and butterfly valves, plunger valves and hollow-jet discharge valves, control valves and hydrants play an important role.
There is barely a water, pump or wastewater treatment plant that does not use a VAG valve. Durability and decades of operational reliability matter. Repairing or replacing valves that often weigh several tons, such as those used in dams, is very costly. The supply and distribution of water and the treatment of wastewater are very demanding operations. Valves must be able to withstand high water pressures and extreme temperature and weather conditions. Whether they are used in a desert or a tropical climate, the material must suit the environment. We know from our customers that our valves work reliably for up to fifty years. In fact, some of our valves have been working for more than one hundred years!
Experience and reliability go hand in hand
VAG's roots go back to 1872, the year in which Carl Bopp and Carl Reuther set up a special factory that manufactured pumps and industrial valves. In just a few years, Bopp & Reuther was a company with international standing.
The sales company VAG-Armaturen GmbH was founded when Bopp & Reuther and a number of other valve manufacturing companies joined forces. Already in the 1920s, VAG was the market leader in South America. The frequent introduction of innovative products soon gained the company the reputation of pioneer.
For decades, VAG has been moving towards becoming a modern, global solution provider. Today, the VAG group has manufacturing sites in Germany, the Czech Republic and China.
Our experience and extensive know-how continues to flow into the development of innovative products and solutions for water.