Poppleton director and former BESA president Tim Hopkinson
Colwyn Bay-based Poppleton has grown from humble beginnings almost a century ago to become one of the UK’s largest ventilation system providers serving the pharmaceutical, healthcare, data centre, nuclear, process, manufacturing and other high technology sectors.
It has now extended its manufacturing capabilities with the acquisition of Bordervent, which was founded in 2012 and operates out of Rhyl, North Wales, to create one of Wales’ largest manufacturers employing over 80 people with revenues in excess of £6m.
Bordervent was owned by Ian Carr, who now joins the Poppleton team. It provides ventilation systems to offices, hotels, hospitals, swimming pools, and clean rooms. It offers a full in-house design service and is a leading provider of commercial kitchen canopies, cooker hoods, ventilation systems and air handling units.
“We are delighted to welcome the Bordervent team into the Poppleton fold,” said Poppleton director Tim Hopkinson. “We have watched their progress with interest since Ian set up the business and there is a natural fit between the two companies. We both believe in manufacturing to the highest standards and work in complementary sectors.”
Despite the economic uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 crisis, Mr Hopkinson said both companies were experiencing high levels of demand for their specialist ventilation solutions.
“There was an initial dip in demand at the start of lockdown, but the market quickly started to accelerate again,” the former BESA President said. “The additional resources and expertise of the Bordervent team will be invaluable as we seek to keep pace with our growing markets.”
Mr Carr said he was delighted to have the opportunity to make Bordervent part of such a respected and well-established larger operation.
“Bringing the two businesses together is a logical step and will help us both meet the many challenges faced by the specialist ventilation industry in these extraordinary times,” he added. “This brings added employment security to our people and more opportunities to use our hard won expertise.”