ULMA Channel Drainage: a Celebrated Alternative
Drainfast have taken the pioneering step to introduce fresh market choices for the groundworking industry. One of the first manufacturers chosen was ULMA channel drainage and we explain why it has become a flagship 'Celebrated Alternative'.
Drainfast first became aware of the Spanish firm ULMA, back in 2011. They were making good headway in the European channel market and quickly became a brand worth keeping an eye out for.
Peter James, managing director of Drainfast, saw an opportunity to create continuity with groundworks products – providing our customers with complete solutions. But combining this with our unbeatable customer service to create a fully comprehensive service was above and beyond what was being offered at that time.
ULMA Comes to the UK
In August 2015, Drainfast expressed an interest in stocking ULMA so a meeting was planned to discuss it further. This happened at Construction Week in October that year.
Following an exchange of emails the Drainfast team studied the ULMA channel drainage range and specification sheets so we could compare the ULMA products with the existing UK market’s offerings.
Initial thoughts were very promising, so the ULMA staff kindly invited our research team over to visit the factory in Spain, which we visited in December 2015.
Drainfast Visit the Factory
The ULMA factory is huge, and nestled in a beautiful valley near Santxopeztegi, in Northern Spain. The Drainfast team spent a most enjoyable day being shown round the factory, observing the physical care that goes into every section of channel drain they make.
We continued our research back in the UK, testing ULMA channel drains against the UK competition. One of the things that really stood out for us was that the range of choice, especially with the grating, which matched the UK’s leading channel supplier in both type, quality and appearance.
Unlike the lesser quality channel drains on the market, ULMA has no air bubbles or imperfections in the concrete. Just looking at their channel drains assures quality in the product.
One of ULMA’s best features is their RapidLock™ system that, in our view, is the best grating locking system available in terms of ease of install, security and cost.
The channel drains sit well in their concrete bedding and our customers are very happy with the product performance.
Of course, when it comes to choosing a product as a Celebrated Alternative, price must be a consideration – there must be value for money compared to the market leader, and ULMA offer exactly that.