BUS Industrial Tools artikel in oil & gas
maandag 1 juni 2015
BUS Industrial Tools Ltd was formed in April 2014 to service a new contract in the UK that had been won by its parent company, BUS Handelmij B.V.
he agreement with Shell covers the provision of tools and equipment for the southern North Sea platforms. BUS Handelmij was formed in Lemmer, Netherlands in 1957 by Schelto Sr and Dineke Bus. Just one year later, due to the success of BUS, the business moved to larger premises in Zwolle. In 1981 BUS opened another depot in Sneek, followed by depots in Groningen, Emmen, Marknesse, Deventer, Veenendaal, Tiel, Almere and Eemshaven. In 1999 Schelto Sr and Dineke gradually withdrew from the company leaving their sons Henry and Schelto Jr to take on the mantle of technical and commercial directors respectively.
The family-run business has come a long way from its early days to become the professional organisation that it is today with over ten offices, with one of the main developments being the centralisation of the company. From its headquarters in Zwolle it controls issues such as automation, administration and purchasing control. Despite this, the various sites are structured to function as autonomous entities, which ensures they can respond flexibly to the local market. As each branch has its own spares department, stocks can be tailored to suit individual clients needs.
“BUS Industrial Tools Ltd has not been in existence for long, but due to the nature of our contract we have been in very high demand. The initial set up of our UK operation has been supported heavily from our partners in the Netherlands, which has been instrumental to the success of our first six months,” says Alfons Hendriks, director. The company provides maintenance and inspections services across a wide variety of items ranging from safety harnesses to power distribution units, inspected to high standards and conforming to all current regulations. Beyond that, it also offers equipment for hire including welding equipment, pipe end machines, workbenches and toolboxes, distribution boxes and cables and compressors.
To ensure optimum quality BUS holds ISO 9001: 2008 certification, guaranteeing the delivery of quality products and good service. The company however, does not stop with the delivery of a machine or device as its technical department for installation, instruction, maintenance, repair and annual inspections brings clients several distinct advantages. Employees of the BUS group are committed to profitable growth, through developing sustainable relationships with clients and suppliers, driven to exceed customers’ expectations with expert and honest guidance, responding rapidly and flexibly to questions with complete and reliable supplies.
It is the flexible response to the needs of the client that attracts custom to the business, but as Alfons keenly points out: “Setting up the new depot in Great Yarmouth has been so successful due to the assistance of numerous connections in the area. Upon BUS gaining the contract from Shell, one of the first questions asked was ‘would you be able to set up a depot in the UK?’ and our response was establishing this new branch with an initial staff of three personnel acting as a focal point between AJS, Shell and our depots in Holland. We are currently at the early stages with the new depot, but we feel that we have surpassed our own expectations of what is achievable from our UK branch, implementing our own processes and methodology to insure a high quality service with a fast turn around of orders.”