Established in 1978, Dustcheck – part of Filtermist International – provide effective bespoke solutions for all dust control and containment requirements through clever innovative design and efficient manufacture and installation.
Dustcheck supplies a leading range of cartridge, bag and panel filter products to the dust control industry and is widely recognised as a leading innovator; consistently developing new technology for the industry.
Operating from purpose built premises which combines modern office and manufacturing facilities, Dustcheck offer customers the best all round service – from design, development, manufacturing and installation to after sales services.
Dustcheck holds ISO9001 accreditation and Dustcheck systems and solutions meet or exceed legislative standards for both dust control and collection. All Dustcheck filters come with ATEX rated options meaning potentially explosive and volatile products can be handled safely and they can also be built to comply with Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) where applicable.
Other legislation our equipment can comply with includes:
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
- Environmental Protection Act (EPA)
- Safe Contractor
- Industry Best Practice
Today the number of Dustcheck employees stands at 34 but back in 1978 when the privately owned local business was formed it had only four directors; with just one working full time within the business covering sales and design.
The company rented out premises in Stone, Staffordshire and the number of employees grew as the business demand increased. By 1980 there were three full time employees.
Seven years on Dustcheck became solely owned by the current owners, Ed and Di Spires. Having bought out the other directors it was also at this point that Dustcheck moved to China Street in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.
In 1990, there was another stepped change where a further family member became part owner and Technical Director and a new manufacturing facility, ‘4-Tech’, was formed. This continued for three years before 4-Tech was absorbed into Dustcheck and, due to increased levels of business, Dustcheck moved to a larger manufacturing facility in Grove Road with five full time production staff.
Working out of the two sites continued until 2005 when firstly the manufacturing facility moved to the current site, Oldfields Business Park, and a year later the remaining staff also made the move.
Move onto 2014 where the Managing Directors Ed and Di Spires took the decision to step down and become ‘Joint Chair’. This made way for a reshuffle and the creation of a new management team with the current Technical Director, Nigel Hubbard taking over as Managing Director supported by Director of Sales, Pete Dawson and Director of Production Director, Bill Moran.
In 2016 Dustcheck opened a new 347 square metre Stores, Assembly and Training Facility which allowed for expansion of the current stores and manufacturing areas. This is installed with a dust and fume test unit that can be used for training purposes.
In September 2017 Ed and Di Spires decided to retire and Dustcheck was acquired by Telford based Filtermist, becoming part of the Filtermist Group.
The Filtermist Group
Established in Shropshire in 1969, Filtermist’s ethos is to protect people by ensuring cleaner, safer, more productive workshops. The company, part of the Swedish Absolent Group, offers three main services – air extraction and filtration, process fluid filtration and coolant control.
Multi Fan Systems
Multi Fan Systems provides customised air movement, filtration and extraction systems for VOC abatement, centralised vacuuming and conveying, ventilation and cooling, and production waste and trim extraction.
Established in 2001, Multi Fan Systems was acquired by Filtermist in November 2016 and is now co-located with Filtermist in Telford. It acquired Modus Air Ltd in October 2017 as part of strategic growth plans. More information can be found by visiting www.multifansystems.co.uk.
Bristol T&G International GmbH
German company Bristol T&G International GmbH was established in Dombühl, in Central Franconia in 1982. The company manufactures its own range of electrostatic oil mist filters and has distributed Filtermist oil mist collectors in Germany for more than 20 years. More details can be found at www.bristolfilter.de/en/.
Supporting the Industry
We take pride in being heavily involved in the industry trade association – SHAPA (Solids Handling and Processing Association). Our ex-Chairman, Ed Spires has been a past Chairman of the board and having now retired sits on their Alumni – a group of industry leaders contributing their knowledge as a collective.
Pete Dawson, our Director of Sales, currently sits on the SHAPA board – a group voted in by members – and we have representatives in both the Marketing and Technical Committees.
Dustcheck’s Managing Director, Nigel Hubbard is currently involved in a new initiative that brings together other industry peers to work on a new National Standard for Dust Control. The group is in the early stages but as a business, we embrace all opportunities to get involved and be at the forefront of future industry changes, standards and innovations.
Nigel has also been involved with other industry peers in the creation of EMADA – The Extraction Manufacturers and Designers Association that launched in September 2017.
As a business we support local charity – The Douglas Macmillan Hospice – the only adult hospice within North Staffordshire caring for local people with life limiting illnesses. We also collect food during Christmas and Easter for our local Foodbank.
In addition, 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 them with knowledge and support as they embark on their chosen careers.