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Ruskin renamed Swegon Air Management


Kevin Munson: “business as usual”

United Kingdom: Ruskin Air Management was renamed Swegon Air Management following its acquisition by Swedish manufacturer Swegon.

Following last month’s acquisition, the old brands Ruskin – Actionair; aerial broadcasting; Naco; and Airolution – will now operate alongside Swegon’s existing UK businesses, creating a combined operation with revenues of £ 43million and a workforce of 330 people.

Swegon Air Management Ltd (SAML) will continue as a sales agent for the other two UK brands Envirco and Trion, which remain owned by JCI, but simultaneously launching a new business in the air filtration market called Airfilter.

A manufacturer of ventilation, air distribution, fire and smoke control products, Ruskin has 220 employees and operates out of Whitstable, Kent, and Bridgnorth, Shropshire. It was acquired as part of the $ 1.6 billion deal in April 2014 when Johnson Controls acquired its then owner, Texas-based Air Distribution Technologies. The company was then consolidated under the Building Efficiency division of Johnson Controls.

Swegon AB is part of the Latour engineering investment group and is one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of energy-efficient ventilation and air conditioning systems, best known for its famous Gold air handling units. Its current 12 production plants are located in Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Italy, India, North America and Germany.

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The Swegon group employs 1,900 people and its turnover exceeds 400 million euros. Swegon UK operates from four offices headquartered in Hampshire.

Partnership

All of the former RAML staff will be retained, including Kevin Munson, who will remain the managing director of the new SAML operation. It will work in partnership with Swegon UK md Alistair Compton.

“The standard phrase at times like this is, ‘Business as usual’,” Mr. Munson said. “However, we can go further than that. We join a group that knows our sector perfectly; sees the importance of local manufacturing; and consider it a marriage of equals.

“We are not losing anyone and we are not integrated into anything. Swegon has a reputation for acquiring successful businesses and striving to make them more successful by avoiding massive change, ”said Mr. Munson. “We will work alongside Swegon UK to develop and improve both businesses using our complementary skills and product lines. “

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