Posted: Tue 29th Nov 2016

Flintshire engineering firm in takeover deal backed by £136m Wales Business Fund

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016

Flintshire-based engineering firm Peerless Gas Controls has acquired Lomax Offshore Couplings in a six-figure co-investment deal backed by the Wales Business Fund.

The deal is one of the first to be made from Finance Wales’ new fund – the £136m Wales Business Fund that was launched in September and is backed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Welsh Government. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Bagillt based Peerless were introduced to Finance Wales by the Welsh Government. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

They are the largest British manufacturer and supplier of gas solenoid valves and components such as gas isolation valves, variable control valves and oil valves – these parts are used in domestic cookers and gas fires. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Burnley based Lomax manufactures and supplies parts for the oil and gas and aerospace industries. The acquisition deal will allow Peerless Gas to diversify its engineering and manufacturing operation and create three new jobs. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said:

“The Wales Business Fund is set to play an important role in supporting SMEs across Wales to accelerate their investment and growth plans and to develop their home markets and to compete internationally. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

I am delighted to hear it is enabling Peerless Gas to expand its capacity, capability and competitiveness and diversify into new products and markets and generate new business opportunities.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Peerless existing clients include Rangemaster/ Aga, Whirlpool/ Indesit and Dimplex. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

We’ve had a lot of success selling Welsh-made parts to the white goods market,” explained Peerless Gas Managing Director Steve Crutchley. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“With the purchase of Lomax we’ll be able to offer a wider range of parts to our existing client-base as well as offering parts to new markets through Lomax’s existing relationships. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The increase in business we can generate will not only secure jobs in Burnley, where Lomax have always been located, but increase the amount of machining work at our Flintshire base – creating and safeguarding jobs at Peerless Gas.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Finance Wales Investment Executive Rhodri Evans.

“Steve and the Peerless Gas team have an excellent track record in their industry.
Their acquisition of Lomax will strengthen their market position and allow them to diversify their range further.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Finance Wales is an active co-investor and worked with other funders and existing investors on the deal. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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