Damen and the Dutch butterfly valve producer Wouter Witzel (WW) recently signed a new contract. The company will supply all remote control valves for the new Combat Support Ship (CSS) that Damen is building for the Royal Netherlands Navy. The valves are fully engineered and produced in Losser, in the province of Overijssel.
WW has been internationally renowned for industrial butterfly valves and actuators since 1966 and offers a very wide range. With 250 employees in the Netherlands, WW provides a customer-specific solution, making the high-quality valves more widely applicable, with a longer lifespan and lower maintenance costs. In addition, due to its own production, the company can respond flexibly to specific customer requirements.
It is not the first time that the company has concluded a contract with Damen. The joint vision of “total cost of ownership” has led to a long and successful collaboration between Damen and Wouter Witzel. The companies have been working together for more than 20 years on both naval vessels and vessels for the commercial sector, such as platform supply vessels (PSV) and scrubber installations. Besides the CSS, the M-frigates and the Joint Support Ship HNLMS Karel Doorman are equipped with WW valves. The company recently supplied valves for the LST 100 landing craft that Damen is building for the Nigerian Navy.