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Western Thermal and Kingspan announce UK acquisitions

Western Thermal has acquired pipework group Henderson Site Services, Kingspan obtains Brakel Airvent to expand smoke control expertise

Western Thermal and Kingspan have both announced separate acquisitions of specialist building systems manufacturers to offer a broader range of pipework and smoke control solutions respectively.

Western Thermal has obtained Newcastle-based pipework systems provider Henderson Site Services (HSS) in a move designed to expand its construction engineering expertise.

Western thermal said it expects the addition of HSS, which fabricates and installs a broad range of pipework systems, structures and vessels, to complement existing projects it has undertaken for the food processing and petrochemicals sectors, as well as its work on infrastructure projects.

HSS founder Joe Henderson said, “The unified power of Western Thermal plus HSS is a great example of where a combination is greater than the sum of the parts with the enlarged company able to offer pipework, thermal insulation, ducting and fire-stop engineering solutions for any project.”

Western Thermal argued that the acquisition was part of a broader growth strategy that has seen it establish operations in Europe, Africa and china.

Both companies have said they provide “multi-disciplined engineering” that encompasses pipework and modularisations, structural and architectural and cryonic insulation functions that will complement the combined business going forward.


Kingspan has meanwhile purchased the Brakel Group. The acquisition will see UK smoke control specialist Brakel Airvent become part of the Kingspan Light + Air division.

Smoke control has been identified as a key consideration behind the acquisition to ensure Kingspan is well placed to help clients ensure they are complying with safety regulations and requirements for the ongoing maintenance of systems to minimise potential dangers.

Brakel Airvent director Charles Hurdman said Kingspan was viewed as a perfect partner to help the company realise long-term growth aims due to its understanding of construction and maintenance services.

Mr Hurdman said, “From our existing clients’ point of view, it’s very much a case of ‘business as usual’. We’ll continue doing what we do well, which is helping our customers ensure their legal compliance and that their buildings are safe and healthy places in which to live and work.

“We’re looking forward to embracing the obvious synergy of our two brands and ensuring that we continue to be at the very cutting edge of smoke control system maintenance and design.”

No cost details of either acquisition were provided.

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