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Leading Flame Arrester Brands Involved In Acquisition

KnitMesh Ltd has announced the successful acquisition of the business and assets of the Elmac Group bringing together two of Europe's leading players in the flame arrester market.

Both UK based, the two companies have a combined experience of over 60 years in the industry. KnitMesh Sales & Marketing Director, Paul Robinson believes, "The two product ranges perfectly complement each other and consequently we are now in a position to handle the vast majority of detonation and deflagration applications and at highly competitive prices."

He continued, "By integrating the agency and distribution networks, we will rapidly be able to strengthen our market share and extend our global coverage, particularly in Europe. The acquisition also puts KnitMesh in an excellent position as we move towards ATEX compliance."

The Elmac Group, including Elmac Engineering Ltd and Flametech Developments Ltd, developed a niche market serving mainly the chemical and petrochemical process industries. In addition to flame arresters, the company specialised in venting devices and heavy-duty pressure vacuum valves.

Venting devices and also recent developments for detonation applications, for example, fit particularly well with the existing KnitMesh range. Overall, as both companies have been pursuing similar marketing and product development strategies, their integration will significantly reduce the overall costs and lead times associated with bringing further new products to the market.

The Elmac business unit will be moved to the KnitMesh manufacturing plant in North Wales early in 2002

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Issued on behalf of:
KnitMesh Limited
November 2001

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