RWC shortlisted for Brand of the Year in global awards

RWC has been nominated as a finalist for ‘Brand of the Year’ category at The Drum B2B Awards 2020. Other companies shortlisted in the category are Maersk and Grant Thornton.

The Drum Awards is a globally renowned marketing and communications programme which recognises best practice, the best companies and the best people from across these industries. RWC was shortlisted following its rebrand last year. The rebrand united its family of innovative brands to offer a much wider and unrivalled product portfolio for plumbing and heating, drinks dispense and smart home technologies, from one trusted manufacturer.

Collaborating with Milestone Creative, RWC embarked on an ambitious rebranding programme that included positioning strategy, brand architecture and the development of an innovative identity design system. The rebrand was rolled out across the business, from product packaging to events, websites, vehicle liveries, signage and interiors.

As well as being a catalyst for organisational change, the rebrand has provided the business with a stronger competitive advantage for the future.

Heath Sharp, Group CEO of RWC, said: “Our nomination is testament to the world-class rebranding work we have undertaken since 2019. This global recognition showcases that our new brand identity helps our customers, employees and stakeholders understand the RWC business better. It creates a stronger link between our different brands and shows how our solutions fit together to make lives easier.”

Sitting alongside globally renowned brands clearly demonstrates RWC’s business strength and the ability to develop, adapt and execute across their operational regions.

The prestigious virtual awards ceremony will take place on 19th November 2020, where RWC will be joined by some world-leading brands such as Intel, Samsung, Mastercard, Panasonic and Microsoft, who have been nominated in other categories.

The full list of categories and finalists can be found here and for further details on RWC’s entry, please click here.

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Introducing the first Reliance Valves’ push-fit range with JG Speedfit technology

RWC has launched its first ever Reliance Valves range that features push-fit connections from JG Speedfit. This new range perfectly blends the company’s world-leading technologies to transform the speed and simplicity of installations, as no tools are required.

The valves that are now available with push-fit connections include the Easifit Thermostatic Mixing Valve (TMV) – 15mm, the 312 Compact Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) – 15mm and 22mm, the Nickel-Plated Ball Valve – 15mm and 22mm, and the Automatic Air Vent – 15mm.

Mike Riseley, UK Sales Director at RWC comments: “We’re bringing our family of brands closer together by combing two of our world-leading technologies, and this unique range brings countless benefits for installers.

“Our aim is to provide control valves for the modern built environment where time is money and jobs need to be completed efficiently. And this new range of push-fit valves has been developed to deliver just that in both domestic and light commercial applications. Alongside this, these valves make repair and maintenance works much faster too, as they can be demounted and reinstalled without tools. Also reducing system downtime.”

The Easifit TMV from this range precisely blends hot and cold water to a safe and comfortable temperature, to protect users from scalding. This valve is complaint with both TMV2 and TMV3 schemes and has received much love from installers due to its small size, that simplifies installations in tight spaces, such as underneath baths.

Also benefitting from JG Speedfit technology is the 312 Compact PRV, that safely regulates the water pressure in a building. This valve is already one of the most robust and popular products of its type, and with push-fit connections and a one-piece cartridge design, the valve is even easier to install and service.

The reliable push-fit Nickel Plated Ball Valve safely and easily shuts off hot and cold water from appliances and fixtures. And the high-quality Air Vent with push-fit connections improves the performance of sealed heating systems by automatically bleeding air from the system.

All the new valves available with push-fit technology are still available in their existing compression and union connections.

RWC COVID-19 Response

With the steadily increasing incidence of the COVID-19 virus in the UK and beyond, RWC is closely monitoring the situation and evaluating the impact it will have on our employees, customers, operations and supply chain.

We are closely following governmental advice on medical, social and commercial matters to best protect all those we work with.

RWC is still operational as we provide plumbing and water delivery products for essential trades that are critical to maintaining public health and sanitation. We are supplying products and components to hospitals, as well as medical and healthcare manufacturers to help them respond to the COVID-19 crisis. However, we are maintaining only the minimum number of personnel on site for manufacturing and distribution operations.

We primarily supply hardware stores which are on the list of specific retail stores which should remain open (as set out in the latest government guidelines). Without the production and distribution of these types of products, there could be shortages across the UK and Europe that may result in putting our water supply infrastructure at risk, and thus, the health and safety of the public.

The health and safety of our employees and our customers is a priority and we have undertaken several measures to minimise the impact:

  • Improved social distancing of our employees on site to reduce the spread of any infection;
  • Utilising remote working technologies for office based and other key staff where commercially practical;
  • Significantly enhanced cleaning regime in all our facilities;
  • Staff education about minimising possible transmission of the virus and appropriate action to take if infection is suspected;
  • External meetings and travel have been suspended, in favour of teleconferencing;
  • Providing technical product advice and support over the phone or via video calls to those that need help while on site.
  • Reviewing and revising Business Continuity Plans to reflect likely scenarios, such as planning for specialist ‘deep cleaning’ of any facilities that require it.

We are regularly reviewing these processes in line with the evolving impact of the virus and will continue to update and refine our plans accordingly.

As well as these immediate actions we are assessing the full extent of the longer-term impact, whilst working to prioritise production to restock vital products that are most critical to protecting sanitation, health and wellbeing.

We are also monitoring the development in the logistics market and actively working with our internal distribution fleet, third party shippers and freight forwarders to ensure products can be delivered safely when and where necessary.

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