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Uponor Extends Contract to Supply Gas Pipe and Fittings to National Grid

Uponor has renewed its contract to supply the majority of National Grid's gas pipes and fittings in the UK, worth an estimated EUR 25 million (GBP 17m) per year. This seven-year contract, which confirms Uponor as a primary supplier for National Grid Gas, begins on 1 June 2006 and has a potential one-year extension.

National Grid (previously Transco and British Gas) is one of the world's largest utilities, owning and operating gas and electricity transmission and gas distribution networks in the UK and US.

Uponor won the contract after a lengthy tendering process.

National Grid Purchasing and Contracts Manager Simon Harnett comments:
- In addition to price, we looked at areas such as health, safety and environment, contract management and the continuous improvement of products. Uponor was able to demonstrate strong proposals in all of these areas.

Uponor's Vice President, Infrastructure - UK and Ireland, Stuart Godfrey says:
- This contract will further consolidate our position as the leading provider of gas distribution systems in the UK.
- We will continue to seek innovative ways of making our offering more efficient, saving costs throughout the supply chain and reducing environmental impact through a number of unique initiatives, thus bringing value to our customers.

Uponor has supplied gas pipes and fittings to National Grid for 37 years. In 2000, Uponor became the first supplier to be awarded the status of primary supplier to National Grid (then Transco), a position that it retains with the new contract.

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