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Awards at the double as service is celebrated

AIR Compressors and Blowers North Ltd is powering on in 2017, after winning two accolades in a very successful 2016.

Awards at the double as service is celebrated

The company, attracted to Grimsby in early 2015, with a strong role in the food and power industries, was named Aftermarket Distributor of the Year and Vacuum Distributor of the Year by Gardner Denver, original equipment manufacturer of the products the company specialises in.

The US giant is one of the world's leading suppliers of air and gas related products to global industry.

Lewis Smith, who heads up the town office at the Business Hive in Dudley Street, said: "It was a very good 2016 for us.

"It was a very strong year and very successful.

"We picked up the two awards at a celebration in Coventry, and it was excellent recognition for the work that goes into the relationship with Gardner Denver."

Vacuum pumps are used in food process and film packaging production, drawing air out or moving products and ingredients around automated lines and tubes.

ACB North was found to be the number one distributor of Gardner Denver's Elmo Rietschle products across UK and Ireland. It came as a state-of-the-art vacuum and blower workshop was opened in Leeds to support offices in the North, North East and East Midlands.

Mr Smith said: "Vacuum systems are favoured for energy efficiency. Compressed air is the fourth main source of energy in industry, after electricity, water and gas. It is what we specialise in."

As with all energy, the importance of making it efficient is a priority. There has been a significant focus in working with clients to help reduce consumption, with variable speed, leak surveys, flow monitoring and data logging brought to the fore.

He believes the service which concentrates on removing downtime helped the company succeed, while engineer training is also stepped up to ensure the team is fully conversant on new technologies.

Mr Smith said: "If a customer has a vacuum pump repaired by us in our Leeds workshop we will give them a hire unit so they don't lose production while it is being fixed. It cuts down on lost time. We have recently increased the compressor hire fleet, and this investment ensures while we grow our customer base we can continue to offer this valuable service."

The team is also proud that ACB North have now become a Gardner Denver Solus Distributor which shows the commitment from both ACB and Gardner Denver, which managing director Chris Hall said "will only develop our already strong partnership over the coming years."

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