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Dustcheck acquired by Filtermist International
Stoke-on-Trent-based dust removal expert, Dustcheck, has announced its acquisition by industrial air filtration specialist, Filtermist, of the Swedish Absolent Group.
Established in 1978, Dustcheck manufactures industrial dust collectors and industrial air filtration systems, as well as offering aftersales services including LEV (local exhaust ventilation) testing.
The acquisition by Telford-based Filtermist is designed to ensure Dustcheck retains the same ethos and values instilled in the company by previous owners Ed and Di Spires, as Ed explains:
"As we are a family-run business, we wanted to be sure that whoever took Dustcheck on would continue to operate it in the same spirit that we have.
"We have spent the last 39 years building the company into one of the UK's leading dust extraction providers and we are very proud of our achievements.
"We were delighted when Filtermist expressed an interest as it has an excellent reputation in its field and a clear ambition to successfully extend its capabilities into removing a wide range of airborne contaminants in addition to oil mist."
Increasing capability in dust extraction is a natural progression for Filtermist as the company has distributed dust extraction filters from sister firm Absolent AB since 2010. The company is enjoying record growth, with sales having increased by a massive 30% between 2015 and 2016 alone.
Filtermist managing director James Stansfield comments: "Filtermist is the UK market leader for oil mist extraction and began expanding its service proposition to include dust, fume and smoke when it became part of the Absolent Group in 2010. Ours is an extremely ambitious growth strategy and we are confident that this latest acquisition will play a key role in ensuring the company meets its targets."
When the opportunity to acquire Dustcheck arose, Filtermist quickly realised that it had the potential to fit extremely well with the company's existing business.
"Finding a suitable business with a similar ethos to Filtermist's was very important," continues James. "When we started looking at Dustcheck as a potential acquisition for Filtermist it became apparent that there are a number of synergies between the two companies.
"We are both forward-thinking UK manufacturers with more than 40 years' experience in our respective industries, we both offer a full turnkey service and we both recognise the value of offering extensive aftersales support. And - probably most importantly of all, both companies also place great value on recruiting and retaining the best people for the job.
"We're extremely excited by this deal and we are confident that it will result in continued growth for both companies."
Ed and Di Spires will be retiring from Dustcheck, whilst all other staff - including the existing management team, will remain at the company's Stoke office.
Image: Nigel Hubbard (Dustcheck managing director), Peter Dawson (Dustcheck director of sales) Ed Spires, James Stansfield, Di Spires, Bill Moran (Dustcheck director of production)
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21st September 2017