Finnish multinational group Lindström has entered the UK textile wiper sector by acquiring Bradford-based Enviro Wipes, a national market leader in supplying recyclable industrial wipes.
Lindström, which was already active in the wiper market in Finland and the Baltic states, has had a presence in the UK workwear services sector since 2001. The purchase fulfils the textile service group’s ambitions of expanding its operations and strengthening its position in Britain.
Enviro Wipes, founded in 1992, which has been bought for an undisclosed sum, provides, collects, launders and delivers multi-use cotton wipes across the UK and Ireland. Its activities also include selling a range of products, such as soap, gloves, protective creams and storage bins. The business had a turnover of £3.1 million during the last full financial year and has approximately 1,500 customers.
The acquired company’s operations will remain unchanged following the sale, with all the about 40 staff being retained by the new owner. Directors George Parker, Alan Green and Phil Walker, who, with their wives, previously owned Enviro Wipes, will exit the business, with finance director Mr Walker remaining in post during the next few months to help with the transition.
Soresh Meeda, managing director, Lindström UK, said:
“Joining forces with Enviro Wipes provides a great opportunity for us to start with a totally new service in the market. Our new partner has a solid foundation, great products and fantastic customers, including in the printing and packaging, automotive, manufacturing and maintenance sectors. Enviro Wipes offers customers many benefits, including employee protection, waste footprint minimisation through reduced use of disposable wipers, time and money savings, and the ability to focus on core operations.”
Meeda said the acquisition was part of Lindström’s strategy to strengthen and grow its operations in the UK, with textile wiper services becoming important and integral to its offering plus providing an increasing amount of turnover.