- The ultrasonic smart water meters will be brought to market by the partners and be leading in performance and cost
- Modern production plants will guarantee high quality based on automated production and testing facilities in Portugal and Switzerland
- The collaboration aims at supporting water utility customers and municipalities boost efficiencies and accelerate sustainability efforts
Frankfurt, 29 November 2022 – GWF, a pioneer in the development of advanced measuring and metering technologies and SIT, a multinational listed on the Euronext Milan segment of the Italian Stock Exchange and a leading global player in innovative solutions for gas and water meters, have entered into a strategic partnership for the development, manufacturing and distribution of leading ultrasonic smart water meters for residential applications.
SIT, through its subsidiaries MeteRSit and Janz, and GWF have joined forces to support water utility customers and municipalities boost efficiencies and accelerate sustainability efforts at the best total cost of ownership with high performance residential water meters.
In the collaboration, GWF contributes its know-how and IP concerning the innovative and patented 4D technology® with its best-in-class ultrasonic signal processing and highly robust mechanical design. SIT provides to the partnership deep knowledge and expertise in smart meter communication technologies by leveraging its experience with over 7 million smart gas meters installed. The collaboration will also benefit from SIT’s high volume precision manufacturing competence together with access to a global supply chain.
Based on their complementary competences and extensive experience in the water market, the companies will establish a joint venture and launch products that are highly performant, cost competitive and sustainable. The ongoing development of domestic ultrasonic water meters is aiming for unmatched measurement accuracy paired with flexible communication to ensure future-proof products that provide actionable and granular data to customers. To ensure highest quality and scalability at optimized cost, the companies will jointly build up state-of-the-art production and testing facilities in Portugal and Switzerland.
“This partnership is a milestone in SIT’s growth plan” stated Federico de’ Stefani, Chairman and CEO of SIT. “Following the acquisition of Janz, this additional strategic move is confirming our commitment in expanding our water metering business through innovation. Thanks to the know-how of GWF in ultrasonic technology and SIT’s global presence and competence in data communication, we will strengthen our market position. We will do so in a time in which water consumption is at the centre of many public debates and government plans, and the sector is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.”
“GWF and Janz look back on decades of successful partnership.”, says Florian Strasser, Chairman and CEO of GWF. “We are pleased to build the new scope of our collaboration on this solid foundation and complementary competences. Collaborating with the entire SIT team will allow us to industrialize highly performant water meters based on our 4D-Technology quickly and sustainably. The resulting products will play an important role in solving the global water challenge.”