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British Industrial History

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of Crawley

2002 The air movement and cable management divisions of Smiths Group were bought out of Smiths.

2003 Sold Airstream Products

2007 Sold the cable management division

2007 Acquired Manrose (UK) as part of the strategy to strengthen the ventilation activities

2012 TowerBrook Capital Partners became the Controlling Shareholder.

2012 Acquired Fresh AB of Sweden

2014 Volution Group plc became a listed company with its shares traded on the London Stock Exchange

2016 TowerBrook sold its remaining shareholding by way of a placing.

2013 Acquired PAX of Sweden

2015 Acquired inVENTer of Germany, Brüggemann Energiekonzepte of Germany, Ventilair Group with outlets in Belgium, the Netherlands and France, Welair of Sweden and Diffusion Group (UK)

2016 Acquired National Ventilation and Airtech Environmental (UK) and Breathing Buildings (UK)

2017 Acquired VoltAir System AB of Sweden

2018 Acquired Simx Ltd of New Zealand, AirFan B.V. of Netherlands, Oy Pamon Ab of Finland and Air Connection of Denmark

2019 Acquired Ventair of Australia

2020 Acquired Nordic Line of Denmark and ClimaRad of Netherlands

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