Two important parts of the company’s growth include the acquisition of additional premises and the appointment of a chief operating officer (COO).

The Advanced valves team in front of the expanded building. Image supplied by Plumbing Africa | Rory Macnamara

The Advanced valves team in front of the expanded building. Image supplied by Plumbing Africa | Rory Macnamara

With the ever-increasing demand of locally manufactured valves, it became clear that more space was needed to cater for production. The additional premises was close to the existing manufacturing operation, and it was obvious to the current owner, Richard Wiederhold, that more upper-level management was required to run the operational side – leaving him with strategy, marketing and technical.

Enter Richard Nancarrow. Since 2005, Richard has spent most of his working life in manufacturing with companies such as MacSteel and steel manufacturers. One could say his experience essentially lies in supply chain management – ensuring that the products are manufactured from end to end, and route to market, efficiently and effectively.

Nancarrow, who started with Advanced Valves on 1 August 2023 is excited about the change and sees a dynamic industry in operation.

Richard Wiederhold and Richard Nancarrow.Image supplied by Plumbing Africa | Rory Macnamara

Richard Wiederhold and Richard Nancarrow.Image supplied by Plumbing Africa | Rory Macnamara