Science Park-based company expands manufacturing to meet growing demand from water utilities for smart network technology.
i2O, the smart water network company, today announced that it has doubled its manufacturing capacity by creating a new state-of-the-art technology assembly facility in Woolston, Southampton, close to its UK headquarters.
The new 2,300 square foot facility will be used to assemble the data loggers required by water utilities to understand and gain insight from points of interest on their distribution networks, and the controllers which enable them to regulate flow and pressure of water in their networks. The facility will be staffed by six full time employees initially and is capable of producing almost 20,000 units a year.
The new facility was opened by Caroline Nokes MP, whose Romsey and Southampton North constituency is home to i2O’s UK headquarters.
Caroline said: “i2O is a shining example of how cutting-edge technologies developed here in the UK are being exported around the world, creating growth and opportunities. There is huge potential for i2O to help water companies here in the UK and around the world to deal with the major challenges they face and I am delighted that it has chosen to open its new technology assembly facility here in Southampton.”
Joel Hagan, Chief Executive Officer of i2O, comments: “Water companies around the world are making their networks smarter, seeking to avoid or delay the huge capital investment that new supply and pipe replacement require, in order to meet the supply and customer service challenges associated with rapid population growth, urbanisation and more frequent extreme weather events.”
“By doubling the size of our manufacturing facility and investing in state-of-the-art assembly lines we have created the capacity required to meet growing demand for smart water networks as well as the ability to make products that conform to i2O’s quality standards. Quality is key because water companies need to be able to rely on the long-term accuracy of data which generates actionable insight.”
i2O’s smart water network technologies are already used by more than 100 utilities around the world to reduce leakage, burst frequency, energy use, operational costs and customer complaints. They include oNet, technologies providing water utilities with the ability to monitor and manage the pressure and flow of water across their networks, and dNet, a system of low-cost loggers to gather detailed data relating to water demand, flow, pressure, asset condition and transients from a wide variety of points of interest on the network.
i2O provides a suite of smart network solutions to help water utilities respond to the challenges created by an increasing and urbanising population, more extreme weather events, ageing infrastructure and more demanding customers. More than 100 utilities in over 25 countries around the world have installed i2O technology since the company was founded in 2005; extending asset life, reducing operating costs, improving customer service and achieving return on investment within 12 months. i2O is headquartered in the UK and has offices in Malaysia, Spain and Colombia. The company is led by an experienced and knowledgeable team and is backed by major long-term investors.