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The UK Government recently updated regulations to prevent the installation of gas boilers in new houses after 2025. 

This shift will significantly impact the hot water cylinder fittings market. 

With the growing use of solar and ground source heat pumps in water heating systems, there’ll be a higher need for specialised fittings. The change in regulations will increase the demand for cylinder fittings that work with these electric and renewable heating systems. 

Due to the nature of how water will be heated and stored in the future, hot water cylinders will become inherently more complex. Over the coming years, manufacturers are gearing up to create more advanced water cylinders with added features like multiple connection points and advanced valves.

From regulatory compliance to collaborative partnership, we’ll guide you through all the factors to consider when choosing a future-proof cylinder fittings supplier.

With over 40 years’ experience in the market, we understand the unique demands of hot water cylinder and heat pump manufacturing. 

As the leading cylinder fittings manufacturer, we specialise in delivering quality fittings designed to elevate your hot water cylinder production capabilities. Whether you require precision fittings for hot water systems or components for energy-efficient heat pumps, Wardtec is the strategic ally for manufacturers seeking excellence in every fitting.  

Read on to find out more about what to look for when searching for a hot water cylinder fittings supplier. 

Factors to consider when choosing a hot water cylinder fitting supplier

Partner with a specialist:

Partnering with a jack-of-all-trades supplier may be convenient for sourcing some components, but it can result in a lack of specialised knowledge, leading to subpar hot water fitting recommendations. 

Specialist suppliers like Wardtec have in-depth knowledge and expertise in hot water systems. We understand the intricacies of different types of cylinders, so you get the most suitable and efficient fitting solution for your specific requirements.  

At Wardtec, our bespoke engineering service is where precision meets collaboration. We’ve specialised in designing and manufacturing fittings for the water management industry for over 40 years. 

Work together with our experts to design and manufacture fittings that align precisely with your requirements.

Assess the supplier’s dedication to quality:

Factors to consider when evaluating a cylinder fitting supplier’s quality process include but are not limited to:

Testing and quality control: Enquire about the supplier’s quality control procedures and testing protocols. A reputable supplier will conduct rigorous testing on their products to identify and rectify any defects before shipment.

  • Compliance with standards: Verify that the fittings comply with industry standards, such as BS & ISO standards. This ensures your manufactured hot water cylinders will meet regulatory requirements.

  • Supplier’s Quality Management System (QMS): Assess whether the supplier has a well-documented and implemented Quality Management System (QMS) in place. ISO 9001 certification is a good indicator of a robust QMS.

  • Traceability: Evaluate the supplier’s ability to trace raw materials and components back to their source. Traceability ensures accountability and helps identify and rectify issues quickly.

  • Warranty and After-Sales Support: Check the warranty offered by the supplier. A longer warranty period often indicates confidence in the product’s quality. Additionally, enquire about the availability of after-sales support for addressing any issues that may arise.

By thoroughly examining these specific aspects of quality, you can make a more informed decision when selecting a hot water cylinder fittings supplier for your manufacturing business.

Wardtec proudly holds the title of the UK’s only manufacturer of non-ferrous fittings for hot water cylinders. 

The quality of our fittings has been tested in the most extreme conditions. 

For example, some of our clients have purchased our high-specification machined copper and copper alloy fittings for water connection in sand and brown field sites, where the risk of potential water contamination requires a very high-quality product.

Our ISO 9001 certificate is a testament to our unwavering dedication to quality control and production traceability. In our Redditch-based factory, every one of our fittings is assigned a product card and carefully inspected in accordance with ISO 9001 Key Performance Indicators. 

Furthermore, we invest in cutting-edge quality control methods, like our Coordinate Measurement Machines, to add even more accuracy to our fittings. 

Long-term collaborative partnership:

Find a supplier that values collaboration and customer satisfaction over profits.

A supplier willing to work closely with manufacturers can provide better insights, support, and customised solutions, forging a mutually beneficial partnership.

A long-term collaboration with a reliable hot water cylinder fittings supplier is particularly crucial in the face of upcoming legislative changes, such as the ban on new gas boiler installations after 2025. 

In navigating these shifting regulations, switching to a trusted cylinder fittings supplier will smooth the transition into manufacturing newer, more efficient heating solutions. 

At Wardtec, the majority of our clients are lifelong partners, and some have worked with us for over 30 years. 

If you’re a manufacturer in the water management industry and would like to work with Wardtec, get in touch.