Ham Baker Group portfolio grows with A&J Water’s scraper expertise

Posted: Thursday 8th January 2015

The Ham Baker Group, which offers an increasingly wide range of solutions for the water and wastewater industry, has acquired leading scraper manufacturer A& J Water for an undisclosed fee.

Part of a series of strategic acquisitions, this latest move by The Ham Baker Group is aimed at further accumulating the best skills, products and services to offer a true one-stop-shop, as Andrew Williams, Group Managing Director, explains:

“A&J Water’s suction lift scrapers and powerless scrapers will complement and expand our existing range”, he said. “From its base in Barnsley, the company also brings a specialist team of very skilled and experienced technicians to Ham Baker, who will join forces with our existing personnel”.

The acquisition raises The Ham Baker Group’s turnover by more than £4M, from £28M to £32M, with A&J Water becoming part of a burgeoning stable that already includes Ham Baker Adams, Industrial Valves, Industrial Penstocks, IVL Flow Control and Kempster Valves - with sizeable manufacturing bases firmly established in Stoke-on-Trent and Netherton in the Black Country.

UVDB Verify-accredited and with framework agreements in place for a number of key customers, A&J Water recently completed a turnkey contract for full-bridge suction-lift scrapers at Crossness STW as part of the London Tideway Improvement. The company has also been working at the Bellazone STW in Jersey, where it successfully upgraded a centre-drive final settling tank (FST) scraper.

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