Ipswich-based Burland Technology Solutions agrees deal to buy London firm Electropatent International

Richard Vass, managing director of Burland Technology Solutions

Richard Vass, managing director of Burland Technology Solutions - Credit: Archant

Suffolk power distribution company Burland Technology Solutions has expanded with the acquisition of a cable management systems specialist in London.

Last year's presentation of the Queen's Award for Enterprise to Burland Technology Solutions at its

Last year's presentation of the Queen's Award for Enterprise to Burland Technology Solutions at its Great Blakenham site near Ipswich. Picture: Phil Morley - Credit: Archant

Burland, which is based at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich, has acquired Electropatent International Business as a going concern.

Electropatent, established more than 40 years ago and based at Hayes, Middlesex, is a leading player in the design, manufacture and supply of underfloor power track, floor boxes, desk power distribution and bespoke power distribution products for the office, health and education sectors.

Burland, a member of the EADT/EDP Future50, says there is little cross-over between the products of the two businesses, with their combined offering enabling them to provide solutions from incoming power to the final desk top outlets “and everything in between”.

Richard Vass, managing director of Burland, said: “We are not just excited at the prospect of offering clients of both companies an extended portfolio of product solutions, but we will be incorporating some outstanding engineering talent from Electropatent which will boost our ability to provide custom solutions to the market.”

Richard Vass, managing director of Burland Technology Solutions, receiving the company's Queen's Awa

Richard Vass, managing director of Burland Technology Solutions, receiving the company's Queen's Award for Enterprise from Clare, Countess of Euston, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk. Picture: Phil Morley - Credit: Archant


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Burland, which was itself originally established in London in 1993 before relocating to Ipswich in 2007, provides hardwear to distribute power from the mains supply to where it is required, including a number of solutions covered by worldwide patents.

More than 50% of Burland’s sales are in overseas markets, resulting in it being honoured in the International Trade category of the 2016 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and it says this focus on exports will complement Electropatent’s existing global footprint.

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Electropatent has been purchased from trustees who were overseeing a redevelopment of the company’s production facilities which will result in a relocation to new premises by the end of this year, resulting in improved capacity and reduced lead times.

Accountants and business advisers Grant Thornton and law firm Birketts acted for Burland during the transaction, with MHA MacIntyre Hudson and Lewis Silkin acting on behalf of the trustees of Electropatent International.

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