When we take a look around us, we seeskyscrapers soaring over the horizon. From a humble office in Oakland to aniconic building in the heart of Berkeley, we’ve come a long way. As the creatorsof the world’s best industrial scaffolding software, together with ourcustomers, we are reaching new heights.
A year ago, we announced the move of ourheadquarters into a bigger office space in the heart of Berkeley. Today, thanksto our continued growth, we are proud to announce the move of our UK operationsinto a new space in Ely.
This expansion supports our strategic planfor talent development and business growth. With presence across threecontinents, we will be able to tap into the fast-evolving scaffold industry tosupport the construction of greater buildings and infrastructure, all aroundthe world.
Avontus Is Growing
When we founded Avontus two decades ago, weknew we were doing something big.
We developed software that can solve some ofthe big inefficiencies in the typical scaffold workflow. Laborious hand-drawndesigns, manual estimating processes, and un-trackable inventory—conventionalscaffold design and management processes cost businesses time and money.
Since day one, our goal has been to modernize how scaffolding is designed, planned, and managed. With Avontus’ Scaffold Designer, Scaffold Viewer, and Quantify software, we’ve helped our customers win more bids and improve profitability through state-of-the-art scaffold design, visualization, and inventory management tools.
Today, approximately 80 percent of the refining capacity in the US, the majority of the top 10 industrial scaffolding companies, and hundreds of other global businesses depend on Avontus software to modernize their operations and take control of their profitability.
With this success, our team has grown from4 to 19 employees. Last year, we moved our headquarters to 2150 Shattuck, aniconic building in the heart of Berkeley, California. This expanded officeprovides ample square footage to support our growth plans in the coming years.
From this strategic location in Berkeley, our team has access to the latest tech trends around Silicon Valley. We are also able to draw talent from nearby UC Berkeley, one of the most prestigious institutions in the US, to help us reimagine the future of the scaffolding industry.
Ely Move: Laying Our Foundation for Greater Heights
On April 21, 2019, our UK office expandedinto a new, larger office location at 31 High Street Back in Ely.
Ely is a prime location for expanding our international operations. It offers convenient access to the most important cities around Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. And it enables us to tap into the world-class resources and talent at nearby Cambridge University.
Over the last few years, the UK market has begun a transition fromtraditional tube-and-clamp scaffolding, and the system scaffolding market hasbegun to take off. This change has been accelerated bylimited labor availability as well as evolving scaffold technologies, such asour Scaffold Designer and Quantify solutions.
System scaffold typically helps contractorscut labor cost in half, which often is the biggest expense in any project. Withthe ever-increasing pressure on the UK construction labor market, companies areturning to system scaffolding to reduce the demand for skilled labor andimprove efficiency in scaffold operations.
As system scaffold is often four times thecost of tube-and-clamp, it is imperative for businesses to manage theirinventory effectively. This is what Quantify does best – giving businessescomplete control over their valuable inventory while automating back-officefunctions like estimating, invoicing, and re-rental.
Likewise, the move to system scaffold isincreasing the adoption of Scaffold Designer and Scaffold Viewer. Theseproducts take the guesswork out of scaffold design and estimating, enablingsystem scaffold companies to reduce drawing and estimating time by up to 90%,while making bid presentations, planning reviews, and client-handovers abreeze.
The EMEA system scaffold market is poised toreach new heights. And so is Avontus, with our new office and expandedoperations in Ely.
Our expansion in the UK represents the industry evolution as a whole.