AFI, whose headquarters are in Wakefield, has acquired Hampshire Plant & Access, which will operate as an independent business within the AFI group of companies. AFI provides safety-related training and powered access machines for working at height.
Following the acquisition, David Meadham, who founded HPA, will remain in day-to-day charge of the business, which will retain its name and branding.
Operating from depots in Winchester, Southampton and Salisbury, HPA has an annual turnover approaching £4 million. The company has a fleet of over 550 machines, together with an extensive range of powered access equipment, excavators, telescopic handlers, dumpers and other plant.
David Meadham said:
We have built up an enviable reputation over our many years in the business. By operating independently within the AFI group of companies we have been able to ensure the long-term continuity of the business.
David McNicholas, AFI Chief Operating Officer, said:
This acquisition further highlights the strength of the AFI business to capitalise on opportunities as they arise. Hampshire Plant & Access is a strongly performing business and represents a natural extension of our existing business. We are delighted to be supporting David Meadham in the next stage of Hampshire Plant & Access’s development.
AFI has over 420 staff, a fleet of over 5,000 powered access machines and a turnover of over £60m. AFI’s 20-strong depot network includes bases in Wakefield and Hull as well as having its main accounts, administration, telesales and training functions based in Wakefield.