WE LCOM E
For our ‘new look’ edition of Narva News I was asked to write a welcome column. When contemplating this task I thought I would just write something about Brown & Watson International being the best company in the world to work for (which we are), and that what we do, we do really well! So here goes...
My tenure with the company is now 38 years of which the last 20 years have been as CEO. The previous 18 years (I started in 1970 with BWI) I worked as a store person at 281 La Trobe Street, which was then Brown and Watson’s head office and warehouse and later on in various locations and different jobs as BWI moved on to bigger and better operations. BWI has been operating as a company since 1953 and operated in the main as a manufacturer’s representative looking after the interests of interstate manufacturing companies in the state of Victoria and serving the then Wholesale Distributors based in Melbourne. All companies we represented produced products sold into the Automotive OE and related Aftermarket(s) segments.
The NARVA name and Lighting product (Industrial, GLS and Automotive globes) was introduced by us in the early 80’s and all products at that time were manufactured in East Germany. The NARVA name is derived from the following words Nitrogen, Argon, Rayon, VAcuum, put all these together and you have light.
The initial introduction and marketing of the product was very hard and the range very limited. Our first (1982) “professional” leaflet was a double sided A4 and 80% of the offering was a range of Halogen and Incandescent globes.
As the product range found more acceptance in the market place it was expanded into Driving Lamps, Work Lamps and Truck and Trailer products resulting in the first catalogue to be printed in 1984. It consisted of 10 loose leaf double sided Black and White printed pages, a copy of which is in my office and a constant reminder of where and how it all started.
The introduction last February of the NARVA 2008/10 catalogue shows how far we have come. It contains 376 pages of product and information and it makes me immensely proud to have been part of this wonderful BWI team for so many years. From a staff of 7 to the 150 plus which we now employ in Australia and New Zealand, many of them very long serving team members, we can truly say that we are an integral part of the OE and Automotive Aftermarket with our products fitted to HSV cars, Kenworth trucks, Mack/ Volvo trucks, Iveco trucks, and the major trailer and body builders to just name a few and for the public, they can find our Narva products in the majority of Automotive parts stores and Service Station outlets throughout Australia and New Zealand.
I trust you enjoy this publication of Narva News and until next time when I will share a few more stories with you.
Steve Waterham Chief Executive Officer
IN THIS EDITION
Ultima 225 – a triumph of design
All new NARVA catalogue
L.E.D Work Lamp opens up new era
The Kenworth Connection
‘See Ezy’ leads the revolution
NZ trailer industry embraces L.E.D
Blue Power – a new dimension in globe technology
Sentry – a versatile L.E.D strobe
Major triumph with new HSV tail lamp assembly
Spotlight on Narva
Cover photograph: The new NARVA catalogue, launched in February 2008.
Considered the flagship of the Narva product range, the new Ultima 225 driving lamp range is the largest product development ever undertaken by Narva. Determined to create a worldwide superior product, the Narva team set out on a journey that continually challenged all team members. The end result is already reaping a plentiful harvest with enthusiastic consumer response and world wide sales forcing a significant boost to production requirements.