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of Birmingham, specialist in effluent treatment
Company formed to take over Biomechanics International which had developed a process for anaerobic treatment of food waste.
1988 Shares listed on stock market
1988 Won contract from Iraq for metal-treatment plant for (manufacture of) farm tractors
1989 Sam Smith took control of the company
Acquired Leigh Pollution Control of Wolverhampton, ACE, maker of electronic industrial controls, and Aero and Industrial Technology, maker of combustion chambers for gas turbines, and Air Control, an air conditioning contractor.
1990 Had made 5 acquisitions in past year; the largest was Aero and Industrial Technology from Lucas; half of profits came from the aerospace division; other divisions were electrical and environmental. Acquired Plastic Constructions from Glynwed
1990 Substantial increase in turnover and profits; had made 10 acquisitions since 1988
1992 Sharp deterioration in trade; failed to sell aerospace and industrial technology division; resignation of chief executive, replaced by a "company doctor".
1994 Company still making losses