New company launches energy-efficient fume cupboards and downflow benches
Examples from the Fumecare range of products
A new UK-based business founded by an experienced British designer of fume containment systems has entered the healthcare and pharmaceutical markets with an extensive array of fume cupboards, ventilated workstations and downflow benches.
Fumecare, based in Formby, was launched this year by John Haugh, whose work in the field of medical and pharmaceutical laboratory containment systems began in the 1990s when he became a director of Semper Products. More recently, he worked as an independent design consultant, handling sales and new product development projects for international fume cupboard manufacturers.
The new company will design, supply, install and maintain a full range of UK-made products. In the short time since its formal launch, Fumecare has produced filtration fume cupboards and downflow benches for European healthcare facilities, bespoke workstations for a large engineering client in Hong Kong and forensic cabinets for law enforcement organisations in the US.
Fumecare specialises in recirculatory systems that do not require the construction of ducts or the use of air handling and extraction systems. As a result, its products can be installed very quickly with minimal disruption to working routines, and can even be set up as mobile units where required. Moreover, because they are not required to move large volumes of air, they tend to be much more energy efficient than ducted systems and can yield a corresponding saving in operating costs.
John Haugh is an experienced British designer of fume containment systems
“The intention behind the launch of Fumecare was to offer customers a comprehensive package that covered everything from bespoke design and manufacture to the supply of ‘off the shelf’ products and support services such as installation, repair and maintenance,” explained Haugh.
“Many of the old Semper Products systems that we produced nearly 20 years ago are still going strong and there is still a healthy demand for a specialist contractor that can service them properly. As a company, we can certainly do that, but we can also maintain other manufacturers’ systems and, where necessary design and install upgrades for them.
“Where we are seeing the greatest demand, however, is in bespoke manufacturing and the supply of our recirculatory containment systems, which include fume cupboards and downflow benches. We are already receiving substantial orders and new enquiries from all over the world, so we’re obviously very pleased to have made such a positive start.”
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