Business in Brief - 04/02/21

Addtech acquires Impact Air Systems and Impact Technical Services

The shares of Impact Air Systems and Impact Technical Services have been acquired by Addtech.

Impact Air Systems provide global customers with waste and trim extraction and separation systems and Impact Technical Services provide service and maintenance of these systems, along with dust and fume control solutions and LEV testing to a nationwide customer base.

The acquisition follows Addtech’s vision to expand into the recycling and environmental sector which suited Impact as it was looking to grow as a business.

Nick Ball, Impact’s Managing Director, commented on the acquisition: “We are extremely excited to announce our new ownership structure with Addtech and would like to stress to our faithful customer base that there will be no difference in our day-to-day operations. Our usual high standard of customer service will continue and there will be no change in staff. It is business as usual.

“After getting to know the way that Addtech works, Impact became even more confident that this would be a great way forward. The Addtech group is split into five different business areas and Impact sits within the Industrial Process business area.

“Addtech, as a long-term owner, offers both an excellent and exciting opportunity to further develop our business and solutions and we are looking forward to taking Impact to the next level under their ownership.”

Addtech is a Swedish listed technology trading group, made up of more than 130 independent companies that sell tech products and solutions to customers, primarily in the manufacturing industry and infrastructure.

Envac celebrates 60 years with a rebrand

Envac, architect of the pneumatic waste collection system (PWCS), has begun 2021 by celebrating 60 years since it unveiled the world’s first ever PWCS with a rebrand.

Envac’s first PWCS became operational in 1961 in a Swedish hospital in Sollefteå. Since then, the company has installed over 1,000 systems across six continents.

Its first system remains operational, as do many of the systems built in the 1960s and 1970s. Envac has evolved to include contactless, pay-per-throw and optical sorting technology.

Joakim Karlsson, Envac CEO, commented: “Envac’s success is the result of an international team made up of some of the best engineering and technological minds.

“However, Envac is ultimately a tool that can be used to create smarter cities, improve quality of life and help secure a greener planet for future generations. The waste collection landscape is shifting and I’m proud to say that Envac is at the cutting edge of this change.

“Our new identity will now play a significant role in strengthening our commitment to building smart and sustainable cities.”

PWCS technology is now operational in 44 cities around the world. This coincides with the decreasing availability of overground space typically used to house traditional methods of waste collection, such as household bins.

Tony Yates, Technical Director at SLR Consulting, added: “Envac continues to play a disruptive role in shaping and maintaining smart and sustainable cities, and its ability to help society reach UN Sustainable Development Goals is clear.

“I would expect take-up of this technology to grow exponentially as external pressures, such as growing waste volumes and cities’ desire to de-risk their waste collection strategy, are prioritised.”

First Mile receives £4 million green funding

First Mile lorryLondon-based waste and recycling service provider, First Mile Ltd, has received £4m of funding from lender ThinCats.

Development plans include the collection and recycling of specialist waste such as computers, data destruction, batteries and fashion, to fit with increasing demand coming from more people working from home due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Bruce Batley, CEO of First Mile, said: “Whilst 2020 has been a tough year for businesses across the UK, responsible waste management remains a high priority and we feel that the service we provide is ever more critical. 

“We are looking forward to being able to offer our clients an increasingly complete sustainability package, and the ThinCats funding will enable us to take our business to the next level.”

Dave Sherrington, London Regional Head of Sales at ThinCats, added: “First Mile offers a service that is important to thousands of businesses, and this funding not only streamlines their finances, but also puts them in a great position to increase the services that they offer, making it even easier for businesses to be able to dispose of their waste in a responsible and environmentally friendly way. 

“We are looking forward to watching their plans come to fruition.”

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