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Report | September 2018

Elgi Equipments acquires Pulford Air & Gas

Elgi Equipments’ take-over of Pulford is the integration of two customer-centric organisations with the intent of gaining a leadership position in the Australian compressed air market.

Elgi Equipments, one of India’s leading air-compressor manufacturers, has announced its 100 per cent acquisition of FR Pulford & Son Pty Limited along with its wholly owned subsidiary Advanced Air Compressors Pty Ltd, doing business as Pulford Air and Gas (Pulford), based in Sydney, Australia. This acquisition was completed on July 31, 2018.

Elgi Equipments is currently on a business mission of becoming a leading player in the global air-compressor business by 2027. This strategic acquisition made by ELGi is in fact a significant step the company has made in Australia to expand its footprint in the whole region.

Through this acquisition, ELGi gains access to a national pool of customers to grow sales and service in Australia. Pulford is one of the largest distributors of industrial compressors in Australia and has been in the business for nearly 100 years. The company has reported an annual turnover of AUD 14.5 million during the financial year 2015-16, AUD 15.8 million during 2016-17 and AUD 18 million during 2017-18. ELGi will gain 100 per cent of the shareholding and control of Pulford.

Dr Jairam Varadaraj, MD, Elgi Equipments, said, “Today is a momentous day in ELGi’s and Pulford’s history. It is the integration of two customer centric organisations with the intent of gaining a leadership position in the Australian compressed air market. Pulford embodies market leadership through decades of customer centricity. All of us at ELGi are humbled by Pulford’s legacy in the Australian market and we are honoured by the role ELGi will play in its growth.”

Tom Fyfe, MD, Pulford, said “Today marks a great opportunity for Pulford to take a further leap forward in the Australian air compressor market with the acquisition by ELGi worldwide. It means that Pulford and Advanced Air have the stability of great products, class leading design and engineering and support from a world class OEM manufacture. We are all very excited about the growth opportunities with the products, we know this is a big step forward for both companies that secures Pulford as a major player in the Australian compressed air market.” Elgi Equipments Limited is a leading air compressor manufacturer with a broad line of innovative and technologically superior compressed air systems.

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