Over the last four decades, Stoke-on-Trent based Dustcheck have delivered dust control systems, industrial air filtration and extraction systems to the world’s largest manufacturing companies.
Established on 28 April 1978, Dustcheck manufactures industrial dust collectors and industrial air filtration systems, spares and replacement parts and offers after sales services including LEV (local exhaust ventilation) Testing and Personal Air Sampling Tests.
The history of Dustcheck
Formed in April 1978 by Ed Spires, and three other directors Dustcheck soon teamed up with Mahle Industrial Filters to become their sole UK supplier. The two business aligned their products and Dustcheck began to design filter units with Mahle’s unique cartridge technology in mind.
“Cartridge technology was a brand new concept and I knew that we could compete against traditional woven bag solutions by selling the benefits cartridges offered such as higher efficiency, better cleaning and lower whole of life costs,” explained Ed Spires.
The gap in the market allowed Dustcheck to quickly establish itself as an innovative manufacturer. By 1987 Ed Spires along with his wife Di had become the sole owners of Dustcheck. By 1990 and with Di’s brother also on board as a third director Dustcheck had moved from their premises in Stone to a much larger facility in Grove Road, Fenton.
Since then, Dustcheck has continued to pioneer major advances in filtration systems, initially working with Mahle (now the Filtration Group) developing the cartridge filter range. These filters have gone from being the ‘new’ product to the accepted norm, offering compact size and high efficiencies. Dustcheck maintains its lead in this technology which has many other advantages for the user.
By 2006 the manufacturing operations and offices were all moved to their current location at Oldfields Business Park in Fenton. Just six years later and three members of
the team were promoted to Director forming a new management team with Ed and Di as Joint Managing Director, Pete Dawson as Sales Director, Bill Moran as Production Director and Nigel Hubbard as Technical Director.
The Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent opens the new stores, assembly and training unit in 2015.
In 2014 Ed and Di took retirement, becoming Joint Chair of the business and promoting Nigel Hubbard to MD. The company continued to grow with year on year sales growth and in 2015 the opening of the new 347m2 stores, assembly and training facility.
In the summer of 2018 Ed and Di sold Dustcheck to the Filtermist Group. Telford based Filtermist part of the Swedish Absolent Group and are manufacturers and marketers of oil mist collection units and fume and dust extraction equipment for all types of manufacturing and engineering processes. With over 200,000 units in daily operation in over 60 countries supported by a professional distributor network, the company has won several awards for Export achievement.
Dustcheck has an annual turnover of 5m and the whole Dustcheck team remained in place after the buyout and today the number of employees stands at 34.
“Dustcheck’s vision is to apply the highest possible standards to every aspect of our work and to become the UK’s leading manufacturer of quality industrial dust collectors and air filtration systems by being the best and always striving to become better. Simple,” says Nigel Hubbard, Managing Director at Dustcheck.
“Customer experience – alongside safety, the quality of the customer experience is the focus of every activity at Dustcheck. We named our vision ‘The Dustcheck Way’ and it not only benefits customers but also makes Dustcheck a great place to work,” he added.
Dustcheck value the collaboration and knowledge sharing opportunities by being active members of a number of industry associations, initiatives and guidance bodies which are working to promote best practice in the design and manufacture, installation and operation and ongoing inspection and maintenance of process filtration and LEV extraction.
Managing Director Nigel was involved in the creation of the Extraction Manufacturers and Designers association (EMADA) www.emada.org.uk Their aim is to promote the use of properly designed and installed LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) systems, by raising the standard, quality and awareness of the LEV systems used by industry.
There have been strong links between Dustcheck and the Solids Handling and Processing Industry Association (SHAPA) for many years. At the moment Director of Sales, Pete Dawson, sits on the associations Council; MD Nigel is a member of the Technical Committee and Louise Richardson, Marketing Coordinator, is a member of the Marketing Committee.
Managing Director, Nigel also provides support to a local college through the national Career Ready initiative, where he provides mentoring to 17 and 18 year olds to provide knowledge and support as they embark on their chosen careers.
1978 – Dustcheck established by Ed Spires along with two other founding directors
1987 – Dustcheck becomes solely owned by Ed and his wife Di Spires
2006 – Company has completed move to current site
2012 – New Management Team formed with Pete Dawson as Sales Director, Nigel Hubbard as Technical Director and Bill Moran as Production Director
2014 – Ed and Di step down as Joint Managing Directors and appoint Nigel Hubbard as MD
2015 – 347m2 Stores, Assembly and Training facility opens
2017 – Dustcheck sold to the Filtermist Group
2018 – Dustcheck celebrates its 40th birthday