Controlled halocarbon management and sustainability industry specialist, RemTec International, has been acquired by Bristol, UK-based A-Gas International.

Founded in 1986, RemTec has provided products and services involved in managing Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and substances high in Global Warming Potential (GWP) on a worldwide basis.

The company’s patented and proprietary equipment is used to recover and reclaim Halons and their replacement agents used in the fire protection industry, and also CFCs, HCFCs, and HFCs used in refrigerant and HVAC applications.

RemTec’s capabilities represent a complete ‘end-to-end’ solution for clients’ controlled halocarbon needs, including the identification of unknown substances that may damage the environment, on-site removal and packaging and handling in accordance with all regulations, cylinder refurbishing and re-certification, fractional distillation, and establishing halocarbon banks and strategic reserves.

RemTec also recycles used refrigerants, where its specialized equipment and expertise allows it to provide a full reclaim and product stewardship package to refrigerant users in this environmentally sensitive sector.

“RemTec brings a market leadership position in Halons and a strong platform for growth in refrigerants; we believe that there is real scope to build further upon RemTec’s success to date in North America, whilst also driving value across the enlarged group”

John Rutley, executive chairman of A-Gas

For A-Gas International, one of the world’s largest independent suppliers of refrigerants, associated environmental services and specialty gases and chemicals, the deal for RemTec provides a platform for even further growth in the refrigerants market – particularly in the US.

John Rutley, executive chairman of A-Gas International, confirmed, “The acquisition of RemTec is another great example of our ambition to grow the business on a global scale.”

“RemTec brings a market leadership position in Halons and a strong platform for growth in refrigerants; we believe that there is real scope to build further upon RemTec’s success to date in North America, whilst also driving value across the enlarged group.”

Jon Masters, regional managing director of A-Gas International, added, “RemTec strengthens our lead in refrigerant reclaim and separation technology. Our Environmental Services business on both sides of the Atlantic will feed off each other and innovate faster, benefitting our customers in both the UK and USA.”

The transaction is the fourth strategic acquisition completed by A-Gas in 2012 and forms part of the group’s acquisitive growth strategy, which is being executed both in the UK and internationally.