In the run up to the Auckland Foodtech Exhibition, now delayed until April, we are running a series on what makes leading pump manufacturers 'pump'. Nomad are part of the JDA group, based in California,USA. John Allen, the CEO of Nomad was previously president of Wilden® pumps, so unsurprisingly the Nomad pump range originally mirrored the Wilden® designs. Nomad are now a major AODD (Air Operated Double Diaphragm) pump manufacturer in their own right, with sales across 6 continents.
Pump & Machinery had a few questions for John about Nomad and there are a few others that help us to really get an in depth understanding of the personality behind Nomad:
Q1: What makes Nomad exceptional - A: We are now the the largest provider of aftermarket diaphragm pumps and parts worldwide. We can offer after market replacement parts for most brands, including: NOMAD, Wilden, Aro and Warren Rupp replacement parts. We also have a complete line of diaphragm pumps in all commercial elastomer and body materials.
Q2: Please tell us a little about yourself - A: I began my career with Dresser ( rock drills) and then became Wilden’s first International Director in 1982. Wilden is the largest provider of AOD pump worldwide. I rose to the CEO position of Wilden and spent 28 years at Wilden.
Q3: How successful is Nomad? - A: JDA GLOBAL has grown at 20 % YOY for the last 4 years, based on capturing existing installed base. Forecast ( with virus) would be to maintain sales levels in 2020 that mirror 2019.
Q4: How will you continue such impressive sales growth? - A: Trends in growth including mining ( gold and silver price increase due to worldwide economic uncertainty) , food and beverage, along with pharma products and cleaning chemicals.
NOMAD’s ability to grow is based on its very competitive pricing without any degradation of quality. We also feature rapid delivery. “Tribal knowledge” of the industry assures that we are credible in the marketplace.
Q5: Where does New Zealand fit in? - A: N.Z is self-sustaining due to it geography, thus it features a multi-faceted application spectrum. Foodstuff to paints. It is also a quality driven market where the customer is a stickler for fit, form and function. We have been particularly successful in NZ because we have partnered with the leading AODD pump supplier.
Q6: Please tell us a bit about yourself - A: On a personal note, I love to travel- all world options. I am closing in on 100 countries visited. Further, I am a big music fan and enjoy swimming.
Q7: Who in history would you most like to have around for dinner - A: I would have to pick 3 people to have dinner with #1 - Obama, who lead as the USA first African American President. #2 - Thomas Friedman, author of “the world is flat”, to discuss globalization. #3 - Carlos Santana, because he is……Carlos Santana (guitarist for the band Santana)….he smiled at this point.
Q8: How does Nomad help the community? A: Community is global, so we assist various campaigns led by our distributor network- cancer drives/marathons, charity golf tournaments, etc.