John bags Swede deal for vacuum firm after help to look overseas

A Rotherham vacuum company is set for growth after becoming a UK-distributor of Swedish parts.

JEC Vac Solutions, a company that supplies dust free vacuuming and conveying solutions, based at Fusion @Magna in Rotherham, has teamed up with Lajac, a Swedish manufacturer of dust handling systems.

The firm was helped by business development co-ordinators at Rotherham Investment and Development Office who identified an opportunity through the Enterprise Europe Network.

RiDO organised a meeting for John Clarkson, managing director of JEC Vac, who travelled to Sweden to meet Lajac directors.

He said: “We found there was a great fit between the two businesses. As a business we specialise in supplying bespoke systems, but by becoming a supplier of products and components it means that we will be able to secure a new income stream. We are very excited about this opportunity and hope it will mean we can create new jobs in the local area.” 
John, who founded JEC Vac Solutions in 2009, has more than 20 years’ experience in the industrial vacuum cleaning and pneumatic conveying markets. The firm supplies sectors ranging from industrial processing plants to food, pharmaceutical and nuclear power stations.

As a Rotherham business, it was able to secure support through RiDO’s Growth and Prosperity in Rotherham (Soft Landing Zone) project, which aims to help local companies trade in international markets and helps foreign inward investors who choose to locate to RiDO’s business centres.

Julia Millea, business development co-ordinator for RiDO, said: “An important part of our role is to help Rotherham companies to expand by taking advantage of international opportunities. It is really exciting that JEC Vac Solutions has secured the UK distributorship for Lajac products and we look forward to seeing their business growing and developing in the coming months.”

The project is supported financially by the European Union. It has attracted £842,000 investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support.