Friday, July 30, 2021

Filter firm expands into new premises as sales increase despite pandemic

A specialist Ilkeston company has come through the Covid pandemic in a healthy state, taking increased orders, which has seen the firm move to larger premises and hire extra staff.

AB Components is a wholesale distributor of filters and filtration accessories – from small half inch square items for garden machinery to seven foot high units to deal with dust in food preparation.

Company director James Edgar has been in the industry 30 years. He worked in the technical department of a filtration manufacturer in Nottingham before founding AB Components in 2006. He worked from home in Ilkeston while stock was held and despatched from a warehouse in Norwich.

In 2008 the company relocated its warehousing, sales and accounts to the Manners Industrial Estate, moving round the corner into larger premises in 2014.

It has now moved again to a larger unit on the estate at Mercian Park, doubling unit space from 6,000 sq ft to more than 12,000 sq ft with purpose-built offices and conference facilities plus storage at a cost of £150,000.

The company had a turnover in the last financial year of £2.5m.

“While other companies were shutting or furlough staff because of the Covid restrictions we carried on with full working and actually grew,” said James. “This is because additional companies needed more filters for their businesses and ordered more supplies.

“We hope that the health problems caused by viruses will encourage more people – both businesses and individuals – to buy our products for their premises and homes.”

James added: “We have plans for three more staff in the next quarter and as the business grows expect to take on more.”

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