At Harvey we’re celebrating the delivery of the 150,000th water softener designed and built since our UK factory opened in 2001. We reached the landmark last month when the softener rolled off the production line in Surrey and was personally delivered by our MD Casey Bowden to Mr West in Aldershot.
It’s a big milestone for everyone at Harvey Water Softeners, which first began trading back in 1978. Almost forty years later, we’ve grown to become the largest complete manufacturer of water softeners in Europe and the UK’s market leader – with sales up 20 per cent year-on-year to almost £17 million. And most importantly, we’re still family-run.
Chairman and founder Harvey Bowden said: “It’s a proud moment for me and everyone associated with Harvey Water Softeners. It’s been made possible only by the hard work of hundreds of people involved in our production and supply chain over the years – teams of highly skilled, locally trained engineers who are the driving force behind our success and now the UK’s thriving recovery.”
Our water softeners remove the minerals from mains water that cause limescale and scum to build up in household appliances – the most commonly-known effects of hard water. Softened water make household appliances last longer, and offers extra benefits like lower energy costs, more soapy, bubbly baths and showers and better feeling hair and skin.
Every water softener we build uses Harvey’s patented, twin-cylinder technology that allows for a smaller unit and an increased flow rate compared to rival products. Now, under current MD Casey Bowden, we’re investing £2.5 million in research and development by 2016 and expanding capacity to keep improving water quality for our customers and keep processes in house and in the UK for years to come.
Martin Hurworth, technical director for Harvey, said: “Once customers experience the benefits of soft water – the cost savings on bathroom and cleaning products, the increased lifespans of household appliances and even reports of improvements to chronic skin conditions – they wonder why they didn’t get a softener sooner.”