Survitec is awarded Preferred Supplier status by the UK Public Sector

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DUNMURRY based global leader in survival technology Survitec has been selected following a rigorous selection process as a key supplier to the UK Ambulance Services.

The Yorkshire Purchasing Organization (YPO), the UK’s largest public sector purchasing consortium, has awarded Preferred Supplier status to Survitec, a leading company in the shipping, defence, government, aerospace and energy sectors

Survitec – which employs more than 3,000 people worldwide and includes 11 manufacturing facilities and 400 service centers – has been included in YPO’s Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for the provision of emergency and rescue equipment to the public sector.

Martin Whittaker, Chief Executive of Survitec’s Aerospace and Defense business said, “This is a significant development for us. We are delighted that YPO has approved our survival technology for use across the UK public sector. As a UK based manufacturer we are very proud to be able to support the country’s first responders through the national supply chain.”

Ordering a YPO-approved product through the DPS avoids a lengthy bidding process, allowing procurement officials to streamline supply and benefit from cost and administrative efficiencies.

“It differs fundamentally from a conventional framework contract in that the DPS is an electronic procurement process. It provides clients with an audit trail and simplifies contract management,” added Mr. Whittaker.

Under the agreement, Survitec is able to supply land, water and sea rescue solutions, work at height equipment and vehicle stabilization equipment.

Over 100 different products from the Survitec portfolio have been approved for use by ambulance, fire, police, search and rescue and environmental service teams in the UK.

It includes protective clothing and footwear, life jackets, life rafts and new innovative dry suits, inflatable lifeboats and fast lifeboats, ropes and safety harnesses and leading edge protection, fire hoses and pumps, lighting systems alongside flares, pop-up shelters, rescue tools and cutters.

Mandy Easter, Survitec’s UK Business Development Manager, said: “Communications from our emergency services customers show that they have been waiting for the DPS to be able to place orders for survival technology through the system.

“We went through a rigorous process to gain approval as a DPS supplier. This process provides buyers with independent validation of the quality of our products and services.”

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