Water Systems Manufacturer

WSM believes in the integral application of Meilink Chain Solutions

For a few years now, Water Systems Manufacturer has employed all 7 Meilink Chain Solutions. A remarkable logistics collaboration in which Meilink basically coordinates and executes all physical company processes for Water Systems Manufacturer (WSM). “We and Meilink came up with packaging our water tanks - the logistics concept - together. A key factor in that is that we developed our water storage tanks in close collaboration with Meilink Borculo so that it could integrally fit into WSM’s worldwide logistics concept,” say Fred Hartman and Toon Laurensse.

WSM was founded by two Dutch entrepreneurs: Fred Hartman and Toon Laurensse. Fred Hartman is the Managing Director at Water Systems Manufacturer B.V and Toon Laurensse is co-owner: “WSM offers water storage tanks which are uniquely delivered to the end user somewhere else in the world in a construction kit in a cardboard box. That way, the customer can easily build the water tanks after we send them from the Netherlands as ready-made DIY construction kits. 99% of our water storage tanks are sold outside of Europe. The water storage tanks previously started at 50,000 litres, with the largest one even having a capacity of 750,000 litres. But we recently expanded out range with a 12,000 and a 20,000-litre tank. Our sheet steel water tanks are fully produced in the Netherlands. They contain storage bags - liners - to make sure the water stays in the tank, does not leak and is not contaminated.”

Over 30 years of joint experience in European water technology
That includes a lot of expertise from both Toon Laurensse and Fred Hartman. Together, they have over 30 years of experience in European water technology, including the application of these technologies in countries all over the world under all kinds of environmental conditions: “WSM combines the best of two worlds: proven European technology with local expertise and custom work. That makes WSM products and solutions very effective, sustainable and accepted in local markets, anywhere in the world,” say Fred Hartman and Toon Laurensse.

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Meilink Chain Solutions in practice

When he worked at Stork, Toon Laurensse already worked a lot with Meilink and had positive experiences: “The tires are sturdy and it was a logical step for WSM to work with Meilink. At first, it took us a long time to reach agreement on that. The solution was standardising logistics as much as possible. For example, we substantially reduced the number of tank sizes to be delivered. We also adapted the water tank designs with Meilink in such a way that logistics could be handled without a problem, both here at Meilink and among our end customers. Everything was designed and coordinated to our water storage tanks so that they would fit into Meilink boxes. And there is the unique difference. An example: we have forklifts in Europe, but they aren’t used everywhere else in the world. So we worked with Meilink to design the packaging in such a way that it could be hoisted with a crane as well. The box design also allows you to deliver it with a pick-up truck to any location, anywhere in the world, including in the mountains and in the wilderness.”

“We have a detailed feedback line. We’re right on top of that. We use the feedback we receive by way of the Meilink Chain Solution Optimisation. With that, we optimise the packaging based on our practical experience.”

The smallest tank is packaged in one box and the largest is packaged in three boxes. These boxes consist of wooden pallets and a shell comprising three layers of cardboard. “That’s essential, because this way of packaging protects the water tanks on the way against exterior influences, is relatively light and meets all environmental requirements. Cardboard and wood are easily separated and can then each enter the recycling chain.”

In two stages of the logistics process, WSM uses the Meilink Chain Solution Warehousing: “First in the period in which all suppliers deliver the parts, until they are complete and in stock at Meilink. Second: we store the ready-made packages for delivery until they are paid for by the client.” That falls under the Meilink Chain Solution Goods dispatching.

In two stages of the logistics process, WSM uses the Meilink Chain Solution Warehousing: “First in the period in which all suppliers deliver the parts, until they are complete and in stock at Meilink. Second: we store the ready-made packages for delivery until they are paid for by the client.” That falls under the Meilink Chain Solution Goods dispatching.

The packaged water tanks are stowed in sea containers by Meilink. “Like recently, when they stowed a whopping 60 water tanks in a container for us. Meilink offers transport services, but that can also be done by the client themselves. It depends on what we agree on with the client. If needed, Meilink can also take over transport entirely. They always take pictures of the stowed containers so that we can see exactly how the container was released for transport.”