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A-Gas Complete Acquisition of Arthur Friedrichs Kältemittel

The A-Gas Australia site from a wide angle above shot, there are A-Gas branded industrial cylinders in the foreground of the image

A‑Gas, the global market leader in the supply and lifecycle management of refrigerants and associated products, has completed the acquisition of Arthur Friedrichs Kältemittel (AFK), following receipt of all regulatory approvals.

CEO of A‑Gas, Andrew Ambrose, stated, “This is a fantastic addition to the A‑Gas portfolio as we continue to expand across mainland Europe. Arthur Friedrichs Kältemittel are industry leaders in the automotive Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) sector and this will enable A‑Gas to further strengthen our global presence in the latest generation refrigerant and reclamation marketplace.”

Managing Director of AFK, Jens Beneken, commented, “This is a significant milestone for both Arthur Friedrichs Kältemittel and A-Gas and we are excited to bring our industry expertise to A-Gas’ impressive global offering. Our ambitions and culture fit well with A-Gas and the success story of AFK can be continued into the future. With A-Gas, we have found a strong international partner who fulfils all the prerequisites for the realisation of the future opportunities and potential of AFK and their highly qualified workforce.”

AFK, headquartered in Hamburg, employs approximately 30 people across two operating sites and has revenues of circa €40M.

A-Gas has strategic growth plans in place for AFK, including the investment of a new refrigerant reclamation facility, along with new employment opportunities, to support the growing demands of the European market. 

This is A-Gas’ third acquisition of a refrigerants business since the mid-2017 investment in the company by private equity firm, KKR. A-Gas acquired the Netherlands-based reclamation business, BTC, in 2017. The company also acquired USA-based refrigerant reclamation specialist, Diversified Pure Chem, in 2017 as part of A-Gas’ wider global growth plan.