Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament for Reading West, visited VJ Tech, a local company based in his constituency. VJ Tech, established in 1991 by founder and CEO Nathan Vimalan, manufactures soil and rock testing equipment that helps civil and geotechnical engineers with their foundation designs.
Alok was greeted by Nathan and his Chief of Staff, Julian Evans, who showed Alok around VJ Tech’s two warehouses where Alok was able to view the equipment VJ Tech develops and meet the rest of the 20 employees.
Nathan explained that many of VJ Tech’s customers are global, spanning 85 countries, as well as that the company works with UK universities such as Imperial College London and the University of Oxford, supplying PHD students with equipment. Projects that have used data from VJ Tech’s equipment include Heathrow’s Terminal 5, the Jubilee and Queen Elizabeth underground lines and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Nathan also explained that VJ Tech focuses itself on its customers, ensuring that customers are fully satisfied with their products and how this is a major contributing factor to the company’s success as it breeds loyal customers. In 2018, VJ Tech featured in the Parliamentary Review as a best practice representative for the construction and engineering sector.
The team had kindly organised a lunch for Alok over which discussions were held regarding the businesses success and Brexit where Alok was able to address questions from EU-employees.
Alok Sharma said: “It was very good to visit VJ Tech for the first time and learn about the company’s success story. VJ Tech is precisely the sort of hi-tech and value-added business which demonstrates the vibrant business atmosphere in Reading and I wish them continuing success for the future.”
Nathan Vimalan said: “We were very pleased to welcome Alok Sharma to our headquarters and nearby factory in Tilehurst, which was on the back of being included in the latest (annual) edition of ‘The Parliamentary Review’ as one of the ‘best practice representative’ companies in the construction and engineering sector. Apart from talking about what we design and manufacture and how we do business globally, we also had a useful conversation with him about issues within his remit as Employment Minister, including our continuing need to be able to source some staff from outside the UK due to our niche specialism within the sector.”