When we take a look around us, we see skyscrapers soaring over the horizon. From a humble office in Oakland to an iconic building in the heart of Berkeley, we’ve come a long way. As the creators of the world’s best industrial scaffolding software, together with our customers, we are reaching new heights.
A year ago, we announced the move of our headquarters into a bigger office space in the heart of Berkeley. Today, thanks to our continued growth, we are proud to announce the move of our UK operations into a new space in Ely.
This expansion supports our strategic plan for talent development and business growth. With presence across three continents, we will be able to tap into the fast-evolving scaffold industry to support the construction of greater buildings and infrastructure, all around the world.
Avontus Is Growing
When we founded Avontus two decades ago, we knew we were doing something big.
We developed software that can solve some of the big inefficiencies in the typical scaffold workflow. Laborious hand-drawn designs, manual estimating processes, and un-trackable inventory—conventional scaffold 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 from 4 to 19 employees. Last year, we moved our headquarters to 2150 Shattuck, an iconic building in the heart of Berkeley, California. This expanded office provides 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 expanded into 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 from traditional tube-and-clamp scaffolding, and the system scaffolding market has begun to take off. This change has been accelerated by limited labor availability as well as evolving scaffold technologies, such as our Scaffold Designer and Quantify solutions.
System scaffold typically helps contractors cut labor cost in half, which often is the biggest expense in any project. With the ever-increasing pressure on the UK construction labor market, companies are turning to system scaffolding to reduce the demand for skilled labor and improve efficiency in scaffold operations.
As system scaffold is often four times the cost of tube-and-clamp, it is imperative for businesses to manage their inventory effectively. This is what Quantify does best – giving businesses complete control over their valuable inventory while automating back-office functions like estimating, invoicing, and re-rental.
Likewise, the move to system scaffold is increasing the adoption of Scaffold Designer and Scaffold Viewer. These products take the guesswork out of scaffold design and estimating, enabling system scaffold companies to reduce drawing and estimating time by up to 90%, while making bid presentations, planning reviews, and client-handovers a breeze.
The EMEA system scaffold market is poised to reach new heights. And so is Avontus, with our new office and expanded operations in Ely.
Our expansion in the UK represents the industry evolution as a whole.