British Company Celebrates 30 years in the Tanker Loading Petrochemical Industry
This year, IFC Inflow celebrates 30 years in business, leading the way for tanker loading systems for the petrochemical industry throughout the UK. The company was founded as ‘Industrial Flow Control Ltd’ in 1987 primarily to sell tanker loading and process metering equipment. IFC Inflow has grown to become an ISO 9001 registered company with quality standards and regulations at the heart of their business ethos. IFC Inflow is run today by Operations Director Kiran Shaw and Technical Director Greg Clarke, who both agree that 30 years in business is a real milestone, and to still be growing and developing after this length of time is a key to its success.
In the Beginning
IFC Inflow was an equipment distributor of flow meters and loading arms. Over the years this emphasis has changed to providing total project solutions including design, fabrication and installation services along with a range of standard products direct from stock. IFC Inflow offer bulk liquid handling solutions for oil distributors, including bulk intake flow meters, transfer pumps, top loading arms, bottom loading arms, and safe tanker access systems. Kiran notes “In 1987 we only sold products that were made and designed by other companies for a specific purpose. As customers within our industry reduced their in-house engineering staff it became apparent that we needed to offer engineering solutions as well as standard products. We invested heavily in our own design and engineering facilities and developed equipment better suited to our customers needs”. IFC Inflow has moved from a standard equipment distributor to a total solution provider by listening to our customer requirements and by providing purpose-designed solutions.
As well as moving to a more bespoke product range, IFC Inflow also developed and pioneered the use of road oil tanker bottom loading skids within the authorised distributor depot market. Their very first unit was built in 1994 and since then, IFC Inflow has expanded into different types of tanker loading, fuel bunkering and tanker safe access sectors.
As a company, IFC inflow has doubled in size. Their customer base has grown to over 2000 clients including many blue chip companies, with their export business having tripled since 1987. Kiran states that IFC Inflow pride themselves on having a dedicated team of professionals to give their customers everything they need, “…over the past 30 years we have gained a unique insight into the specific needs of our customers which allows us to provide them with the most effective solution to any tanker loading or safe access requirement. We look forward to what the next 30 year will bring!”