Leadec has acquired Partners in Hygiene (PiH), a service specialist for the food industry, to strengthen its footprint in the sector and in technical cleaning and hygiene provision.
Stuttgart-headquartered Leadec has been working in the UK since 1999 from a head office in Coventry, and currently employs around 1,500 people. PiH’s operations, and its teams at the 14 sites across the UK, will be maintained following the acquisition, which was supported by business sales consultant Achieve Corporation.
Partners in Hygiene, based at Over Dinsdale, North Yorkshire, was founded in 2006 and specialises in high-grade hygiene services for the food and beverage industry. More than 300 employees provide services in the areas of food factory hygiene, kitchen deep cleaning, periodic environmental cleaning and ventilation cleaning. Its clients include many food manufacturers in the north of England and Scotland.
Peter Barker, one of the three managing directors of PiH, said: “We have found a strong partner in Leadec. PiH is firmly established in the UK food industry; Leadec, in turn, has a global presence and strong technical expertise, including production equipment maintenance and facility management. The acquisition will enable us to grow further.”
Georgi Tschumburidse, senior vice-president of operations for Leadec in Eastern Europe/UK, commented: “Hygiene services are well aligned to our strongest UK service line of technical cleaning. PiH’s experience within food factories in the northern UK ideally complements our strategic diversification into the F&B industry and the sharpening of our portfolio in the manufacturing industry.”
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