Filtermist secures second acquisition this year

Telford based industrial air filtration specialist Filtermist International Ltd has finalised a deal to purchase the assets of Carter Environmental Engineers Ltd’s (CEE) air services division

The acquisition includes the rights to manufacture the Carter range of dust extraction equipment which consists of dry dust filters, booths and benches, and wet collectors.

“Dust extraction is a huge growth area for our business. We acquired Dustcheck Ltd, which manufactures process and venting filters used in a variety of industries, back in 2017. We also own three companies that all offer a full turnkey dust extraction systems service,” explains Filtermist International CEO, James Stansfield.

“Carter wet collectors are well-known within the industry and we are confident that they will perfectly complement our existing product range. Our systems companies Cades Ltd, DCS Ltd and Multi-Fan Systems currently source wet collectors from external suppliers; having this resource in-house will significantly bolster our offering for customers.”

Wet collectors are specifically designed for use in applications which require combustible dust to be dampened down to minimise hazardous dust clouds.

“The Carter range of wet collectors, which includes ATEX rated models for use in potentially explosive applications, will be rebadged as the Dustcheck CycloVent, Dustcheck NonFlam, Dustcheck-Midac and Dustcheck Auto Sludge,” continues James. “The products will remain exactly as they are now in that none of the design or technology will change – it will literally just be the product names that change. All details will be added to Dustcheck’s website over the next few weeks.”

“Carter Thermal Industries Ltd has been involved in air movement and filtration for over 100 years with a particular strength in designing and building wet collectors to collect harmful dust and/or particles,” says CEE Managing Director Andy Bews. “The Company is currently consolidating manufacturing operations to one site in Birmingham which would have resulted in production being interrupted whilst plant was transferred.

“When Filtermist indicated an interest in acquiring this arm of Carter Environmental Engineers, it enabled the Company to sell to a fellow UK Midlands manufacturer with an excellent reputation in this field of engineering. Whilst sad to see this product line no longer in the Carter Group, it allows us to concentrate on other areas. This is seen as a win/win for both parties and we wish Filtermist every success.”

Filtermist International is part of the Swedish Absolent Group which also owns Absolent AB, Avani Environmental and German company Bristol T&G International GmbH.

Absolent Group has extremely ambitious targets which it is pursuing through a mix of acquisitions and organic growth. The Group recently reported Q1 results which saw an increase in sales volume of more than 43%, of which 17% was organic growth.

“Global dust extraction markets offer significant opportunities for Absolent Group,” continues James. “Forecasts show the dust collectors market has the potential to increase by 30% between 2019 and 2022. This growth is being fuelled by several factors including an increased focus on workplace health, internal air quality and environmental concerns. Absolent Group is positioning itself to capitalise on these opportunities on a global scale”

Image caption l-r: CEE Managing Director Andy Bews pictured with Filtermist International CEO James Stansfield