Three-year supply deal for 3M

3M has bagged a three-year agreement to become the preferred filter supplier for refreshment service provider Cover Group.

Under the terms of the deal, 3M’s purification division will offer expert technical and product support to Cover Group’s 18 members serving the vending, coffee and water cooler equipment markets throughout the UK and Ireland.

3M already has a longstanding co-operation with Cover Group having supplied water filters to individual members for a number of years.

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“We are delighted to expand our working partnership so that our filters can be fitted in customer equipment as standard, wherever possible and practical,” said Marcus Whiteley, account manager at 3M’s purification division.

“We have the expertise to understand machine and water type requirements and can help members with product selection, application advice and troubleshooting to address the specific needs of customers.”

3M claims that going down the one-filter-fits-all approach can lead to disruptive equipment downtime and increased maintenance costs in the long term.

By specifying filters and filtration systems that are optimised for different water types, Cover Group’s 18 members can save customers time and money by ensuring their machines are kept up and running.

Products covered by the agreement include the AP2 Water Filters from 3M for mains-fed water coolers, the ScaleGard Pro Water Filter Range from 3M for hard water areas and the HF Brew Water Filters from 3M for soft water areas.

Speaking on behalf of Cover Group, Chris Skipper, operations director for Norfolk Vending and Catering Services, said that having a formal agreement in place means the organisation now has access to the complete range of resin and carbon-based water filters for reducing scale or improving water quality in customer machines.

“It also means we have the scope to reach new business in speciality coffee, such as the espresso machine market,” he said.

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