May 30th and 31st, EPS attended the PLUMBEX trade event in CityWest hotel, Dublin.
The event was a huge success and we were delighted to have been joined by some of our product partners and to meet so many influential people across a wide range of industries.
FOCUS ON: MARKET LEADING MULTIBOOST FROM EPS
EPS Group is reflecting on the past 5 successful decades, as they edge towards their 50th year in business in December. The company is the largest Irish-owned company involved in the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of water and wastewater treatment solutions, pumping solutions and their ongoing operation and maintenance, employing over 450 people in Ireland, the UK and Jordan.
“We started in the agricultural sector in 1968 - providing quality services and products to meet the farming community's water pumping needs, from effluent treatment and slurry management to parlour wash-down, pumping and rainwater harvesting systems”, says Managing Director Patrick Buckley.
The company’s recent rebranding has seen them adopt the tagline “Rethinking Water”. “We feel this phrase really reflects where the company stands today a progressive company and team thinking differently”, says Patrick.
And EPS is certainly doing that. “Our €4.5m Centre for Design and Manufacturing Excellence is the latest building on what is fast becoming our Mallow campus, alongside our main office, warehouse & stores”, Patrick notes. The new facility further enhances EPS’ reputation and capabilities as one of Europe's leading specialists in the delivery of cost-effective modular off-site products & solutions for the water sector.
The company’s products division designs; supplies and services homes, farms and commercial enterprises nationwide with a variety of pumping and water treatment technologies and solutions.
One of EPS’ most successful product lines is the Multiboost range. Products Manager Anthony McCarthy led the development. “Through the feedback we were receiving from our sales teams across the country in their direct dealings with customers across a wide variety of sectors, we realised that there was a gap in the market for a packaged solution for boosting water pressure. And so, Multiboost was born. That was over 10 years ago and today, there are 14 models of varying dimensions and capacities and up to 26 standard design combinations”.
The latest addition to the range to be launched this July will be the Xilent Multiboost variable speed unit designed with the plumber and end user in mind as a plug and play system with user friendly features and ease of operation post-installation.
The product range is further complimented by accessories such as drip trays; insulation jackets and has its own dedicated standalone website – www.multiboost.ie to help installers; end users to make the most appropriate product selection for their individual requirements.
Multiboost systems have been installed in such varied applications as apartment complexes; houses; embassies, airports and commercial buildings; farms and municipal projects.
With the continued growth and success of Multiboost, it is fair to say that the product range is beyond compare. “It’s a great source of pride to us when our customers tell us that our product far surpasses anything else available on the market. That, matched with our 24/7 service, our knowledgeable team members and production quality, make EPS the pressure boosting product market leaders”, says Anthony.
EPS customers can rely on the company’s branch network, from Mallow, Co. Cork to Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo; Naas, Co. Kildare and Mountrath, Co, Laois, which are stocked with a full range of products, provide an all-in-one service with full support including spares; service and repairs.
End users can also rely on our experienced and innovative supply chain of installers, plumbers; agents & merchants nationwide who partner with us in the delivery and application of our products and solutions.
EPS Water are pleased to announce that we are once again exhibiting at the Oman Energy & Water Exhibition and Conference, which is taking place in Muscat from the 30th April to 2nd May 2017. This international event highlights the Sultanate of Oman’s long term water and energy investment programmes and showcases the capabilities of indigenous and foreign suppliers to meet the demands of these infrastructure plans.
Returning to the exhibition following successful participation in 2017, EPS Water will be located on Stand 6151 within the UK Pavilion under the banner of the UK Government’s Department of International Trade (DIT) and its “Business is GREAT” initiative. EPS will be showcasing its overall export capability which includes a range of water and wastewater treatment products, containerised and off-site solutions and Nereda expertise, as well as local partnering to deliver entire projects.
“Following successes in Jordan over recent years, EPS is targeting Oman as our next growth territory in the Middle East,” says Shaun Stevens, EPS Water’s Business Development Manager. “Oman has a comparable demographic and investment profile to the Irish market and we have the relevant technologies and expertise at our disposal to serve Haya Water and other customers in the Sultanate to the highest standard. We are looking forward to returning to Muscat to develop new opportunities, catch up with our many friends from past visits and to expand our footprint and network in Oman.
EPS Water wishes to thank DIT, British Water and Intec Export Intelligence for facilitating this opportunity.
EPS has received the Gold award at the Deloitte Best Managed Companies (BMC) Awards 2018. The company, which employs over 450 people between Ireland, the UK and Jordan, demonstrated superior business performance for the 4th year running, was recognised at an awards gala dinner in Dublin.
EPS retaining its status as one of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies for the third consecutive year in 2017 led to the shortlisting for the 2018 Gold award. “As we approach our 50th year in business, it’s great that we have been acknowledged for the 4th consecutive year”, says Managing Director Patrick Buckley. “It’s a reflection of the ongoing commitment and effort of our hard-working teams across the regions as we collectively grow the business”.
It’s been a busy year for EPS, as the company launched its €4.5m Centre of Excellence for Manufacturing and Design last May in addition to various improvements and expansion in our products distribution; construction; asset management and service & repair businesses. “As we enter our 50th year in business, we look forward to a continued focus on sustainable growth, through innovation and partnership”, says Patrick.
The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards programme is celebrating ten years of recognising management excellence. 22 new companies join a requalifying network of more than 100 companies, built over a decade of the programme. The Deloitte Best Managed Companies programme, in association with Bank of Ireland, promotes and recognises excellence in Irish/Northern Irish owned and managed companies. It is the only awards scheme on the island of Ireland that considers a business’ performance from every perspective.
Commenting, Deloitte Partner, Anya Cummins said, “2018 marks the 10th year of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards programme, which has grown from 25 companies in year 1 to 137 in year 10. The programme represents companies from different industries with many industry-specific challenges but also common characteristics such as adaptability, innovation and ambition. Their stories are the stories of Irish business this past decade, and they are stories of resilience, recovery and confidence.”
EPS Group has won the Digital Technology award at the European Business Awards ‘Ones to Watch’ event in Dublin. The company’s award submission focused on their recent €4.5million euro investment in a 40,000 sq.ft. state of the art Centre for Design and Manufacturing Excellence in Mallow.
EPS was named one of 11 National Winners from 77 businesses at an exclusive event held at the British Ambassador’s residence in Dublin last night (Monday, Feb 5th) for the European Business Awards, Europe’s largest business competition, sponsored by RSM.
Director Denis Buckley, who accepted the award on the company’s behalf, says, “We have an innate sense of innovation within EPS and R&D and the use of emerging technologies – digital and otherwise - has been a cornerstone of our company strategy for the past 30 years. As we approach our 50th year in business, our new centre - the first of its kind in Ireland and the UK - showcases our capability, resources and technologies to deliver a wide range of innovative solutions. It also supports many new jobs in design and manufacturing and our expanding apprenticeship & graduate placement schemes”.
The new centre allows EPS to work collaboratively with their clients & partners to ensure the best possible outcome for timeline estimation; risk reduction and project delivery. This occurs by including 3D design as standard; 4D animated digital rehearsals; Design for Manufacture & Assembly; Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques; use of augmented reality for client visualisation; animation of method statements; "fly-through" digital demonstrations; standardisation of our products – with design by exception only thereafter; full traceability of all components from drawing to site; off-site construction of complex and bespoke solutions.
“We are making excellent progress in our BIM/digital delivery journey as a company and with our partners, a position we intend to protect and strengthen further over the coming years”, says Denis.
EPS was chosen by a panel of independent judges including senior business leaders, politicians and academics as the best in their country in the Digital Technology Awards category. As a National Winner, EPS will face further judging in their chosen category, and the final category winners will be announced at the European Business Awards Gala Final in Warsaw, Poland in May.
EPS has an excellent history in the European Business Awards. The company was named a National Champion for Ireland in 2013/14 and received the EBA’s Ruben d’Honneur award in 2014 and again in 2015.
EPS Group’s commitment to sustainability and environmental protection has been recognised ahead of this year’s Green Awards, which will be held in Dublin on Tuesday, February 20th. The company, which has its main office in Mallow, has been shortlisted for both the Green Construction and the Sustainable Water Achievement Awards.
Whether serving small rural communities or large conurbations, EPS Group is acutely aware of the company’s role in providing clean water to communities and treating wastewater to protect the environment.
The company’s Off-Site Construction (OSC) process secured the Green Construction shortlisting. Managing Director Patrick Buckley explains. “In recent years, EPS has adopted OSC as a core part of our business strategy. This has been done to improve efficiency, quality, safety and carbon footprint and to reduce costs and risk associated with construction works in our company. This required designing a plant layout to combine multiple products and disciplines in one package which can be fabricated, assembled and tested off-site and delivered on-site as a ‘plug and play’ solution”.
Meanwhile, the project shortlisted for the Sustainable Water Achievement Award came from the team themselves. Patrick notes, “During internal ISO:14001 audits, team members challenged themselves to come up with environmental improvement programmes. Our Drogheda, Dundalk and Ballymahon plant teams were aware of high potable water use and determined that some processes did not require water treated to this standard & therefore decided to reuse some of the final effluent water as process water where feasible”.
It all stems back to EPS’ commitment as a company to minimise the impact of its business activities on the environment. Patrick says, “As we approach our 50th anniversary, our vision to be the most sustainable company in our industry endures and we encourage and enable sustainability through creating solutions which enable our customers to responsibly manage and conserve energy and water resources”.
EPS Group is no stranger to success at the Green Awards, having won in 2016 for the introduction of the revolutionary Nereda technology to the Irish market, and in 2012 in the Energy Efficiency category. The Green Awards take place in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin on Tuesday, February 20th.
EPS Group has been named as ‘One to Watch’ in Europe in a list of business excellence published by the European Business Awards sponsored by RSM.
EPS was chosen as it demonstrates exceptional achievement in one of the 12 European Business Awards’ categories and reflects the programme’s core values of innovation, success and ethics.
Managing Director of EPS Group, Patrick Buckley, says the company has an excellent history in the European Business Awards. “EPS is very proud of our previous success at the awards. We were a National Champion for Ireland in 2013/14 and received the EBA’s Ruben d’Honneur award in 2014 and again in 2015. As we approach our 50th year in business in 2018, we are delighted to be named on the “One to Watch” list, amongst a prestigious group of Irish companies”.
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, Europe’s largest cross-sector business competition, said: “We wanted to recognise more widely the many incredible business success stories from across Europe.”
He continued: “The talent, dedication and innovation at the heart of these companies creates jobs and opportunity, and is what drives their country’s prosperity. The ‘Ones to Watch’ lists will set a benchmark of success for the European business community.”
Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM, the sixth largest global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, and long-term sponsors of the Awards, said: “To be listed as a ‘Ones to Watch’ is a real accolade. At RSM, we work with companies across Europe and beyond, advising them on all areas of their business and we are passionate about encouraging success and prosperity. We wish these dynamic companies every success in the future.”
EPS will now have the chance to compete in one of the 12 categories of the European Business Awards to become a National Winner in their country. If successful, they will then take part in the grand final in May 2018, where the final 12 European winners will be announced. They will also have the chance to enter a public vote, which attracts attention and support from across the globe.
EPS have been awarded the contract for a significant upgrade to Castleblayney Wastewater Treatment Plant in County Monaghan.
The existing Castleblayney WwTP was constructed in 1983. The plant is a conventional extended aeration type plant. An upgrade of the WwTP is now required in order to achieve compliance with the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive, the EPA Waste Water Discharge Licence (WWDL) for the plant and the relevant requirements of the Water Framework Directive.
Due to it’s age, much of the plant’s mechanical and electrical (M&E) infrastructure also requires upgrading.
This contract will involve the design, construction, testing and commissioning of:
- Upgrades and modifications to the existing WwTP with a design PE for the upgrade works of between 7600PE to 14000PE depending on the element of the works and the condition of the existing infrastructure
- Approximately 180m of new 900mm diameter sewer from the existing Muckno St. pumping station (PS) to the new inlet PS on the WwTP site
- A new access road to the WwTP site, approximately 180m long from the R181 near the existing Muckno PS to the northern side of the WwTP site
- Connection of 5 existing network PSs to the proposed WwTP SCADA system
- The operation of the existing WwTP for the duration of an interim operation service period
- The decommissioning of existing wastewater treatment infrastructure on the WwTP site, the existing Muckno PS and other combined sewers
The Operation Service of the contract provides for the operation and maintenance of the WwTP for 1 year after the issue of the Commissioning Certificate.
The project will take approximately 18 months to complete.
Pictured at the signing are Jim Palmer, Technical Director EPS and Mark Callanan, Irish Water