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[post_content] => Establishing a fuel distribution business in Spain in the 1980s, amidst the turbulence of the post-Franco and pre-EEC years, was a brave thing to do for Ángel Reques but one that in the end paid off handsomely. He initially secured a small contract with the state-owned oil company CAMPSA, distributing heating oil to homes in Madrid but with the end of CAMPSA’s monopoly in 1992, the market opened up and independent distributors like Reques suddenly had the chance to grow.
In response to this, Reques established his own fuel distribution business, Reques e Hijos SL, based in Collado Villalba, some 25 km north-west of Madrid. Very soon the firm, led by Ángel Reques and his son, Ángel Jr, was delivering 2m litres of heating oil and diesel a year.
This success brought Reques e Hijos to the attention of Repsol, which had formed from the remnants of CAMPSA, initially as a state-owned enterprise but now 90 per cent owned by private interests. “Repsol saw that we were a potential customer that sells a lot, so they gave us the opportunity to form a partnership with them to distribute heating oil under their brand,” says Ángel Jr, who is now director of Reques e Hijos. “So, we started buying more and more trucks and the business started to grow.”
CALM AMONG THE STORM
The turbulent political landscape and uncertain market conditions made it vital that Reques e Hijos could rely on its trucks and equipment to keep the fuel flowing through its system. As part of that, it quickly standardised on Blackmer’s TX Series sliding vane pumps for all its tank trucks and the loading bays at its depot.
“We started mounting Blackmer pumps on our trucks in 1993 after we had been using other pumps for a couple of years,” says Ángel Jr. “We have tried other brands over the years, mainly because some tank truck manufacturers mount other brands of pumps, but when we order those trucks we get the surprise that it isn’t a Blackmer pump. I prefer the TX pumps because they are very robust, very reliable, they last very, very long and we can trust them in almost every situation.”
Specifically, the TX Series pumps provide the operational characteristics that can satisfy the demands that are common in the delivery of heating oil and diesel, including:
- Sliding vane operation that self-adjusts for wear and maintains flow rates
- Dual-end shafts that simplify installation
- Mechanical seal and ball-bearing construction for maximum reliability
- Symmetrical bearing support for even loading wear and long life
- Adjustable relief valves that protect against excessive pressures
- Easy vane replacement without needing to take the pump out of service
The reliability of the Blackmer pumps has supported Reques e Hijos’ growth; the company now runs 30 tankers out of two fuel depots and is the largest fuel distributor in Madrid.
A LOCAL SUPPLIER
Ensuring that Reques e Hijos has ready access to TX Series pumps, parts and accessories is Cetil Dispensing Technology SL, which is based 25 km north-east of Madrid in Algete. With its roots in the long-established Spanish fuel-handling companies Cetil SA and Medición y Transporte SA, Cetil Dispensing Technology places an emphasis on developing dispenser equipment and systems that are used in the transfer of motor fuels and other oil products.
“Before we were Blackmer distributors, we were distributors for another company, but when that company decided to sell directly to its customers in Spain, we had no pumps,” explains Marcos Kremers, sales manager for Cetil Dispensing Technology’s High Flow division, which outfits truck fleets and depots with equipment and systems for use in handling heating oil and diesel fuel.
“We decided to go with a high-quality pump and started the Blackmer partnership for distribution. Suddenly, all of our customers changed to Blackmer because they wanted Cetil’s after-sales service and stock for immediate delivery of parts. This is a great example of customers being loyal to a company because of the great service that is provided.”
In the case of the relationship between Reques e Hijos and Cetil, that loyalty is definitely a two-way street. “We always ask our tank truck manufacturers to install a compact pump-emission system from Cetil because they give us a good warranty and help us size the pump to our needs,” says Ángel Jr. “We are happy with this solution we are using right now, and because Cetil’s pump is Blackmer, we are happy with the Blackmer pumps.”
A main contributor to the loyalty that Reques e Hijos has built with Cetil and Blackmer is the reliability of the TX Series pumps in varying operating conditions. Madrid is situated at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range, whose peaks are still snow-capped in June, serving as a reminder that the harsh winter months are never too far away. In those conditions, when people rely on the availability of heating oil to warm their homes, schools, hospitals and businesses, service interruptions cannot be tolerated, especially if they are caused by a malfunctioning pump.
The operational reliability of the TX pumps makes that concern irrelevant. “One of the things we appreciate most from Blackmer pumps is their high reliability in winter,” says Reques. “Because heating oil is 70 per cent of our turnover in the winter months, we need pumps that don’t break and that we can trust during this very busy time for us.”
“Like our partners Blackmer and Cetil, we provide quality service, a quality product, and that is the secret of our success,” Reques concludes. “The Blackmer pumps give us the guarantee that when we come to a customer we can make the delivery without any surprises. We pump a lot of litres a year, so we need something very trustworthy. We are very happy with Blackmer pumps and we will continue using these pumps for many years.”
This article is based on a piece written by Iris Willmes, regional sales manager, Europe and Scandinavia, Transport Dry Bulk and Liquids, for Blackmer and PSG, a Dover company that covers a range of pump and compressor brands. Full information on the company’s products can be found at www.blackmer.com or www.psgdover.com
[post_title] => Pumps: Progress by partnership
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