Sale of Capital Compactors to Impact Environmental Group

December 6, 2023
Andrew Clegg

A Quercus International team, led by Mark Whelan, Neil Giles and Michael Mortimor, has advised the shareholders of Capital Compactors Limited (“CCL” or the “Company”) on the sale of the Company to Impact Environmental Group (“IEG”), a portfolio company of US Private Equity firm Aurora Capital Partners .

CCL is a leading UK-based designer, manufacturer and supplier of waste compactors and recycling balers, operating from a state-of-art, purpose-built manufacturing and office facility in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, supported by its head office and support centre located in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.  CCL was founded in 2000 by Alistair and Jo Lindsay, both of whom have led the business since its inception.

CCL becomes the fourth major UK waste products and services business to join IEG alongside Taylor, DuraFlex and UKCM.  IEG’s decision to acquire CCL supports its customer-service oriented growth plan, which centres on building a comprehensive waste solutions business in the UK through ‘Best of British’ brands focused on sustainability.  IEG anticipates a seamless transition as all of CCL’s employees remain in place including Managing Director, Daniel Parsons and Technical Director, Laurence Lindsay, in addition to support by IEG’s EMEA Managing Director, Mike Braddock.

Jo Lindsay, Co-Founder of CCL said:

“When Alistair & I started CCL in March 2000 we had a dream to one day become the UK’s leading supplier of top-quality waste compaction and recycling machinery.  23 years on we believe we have achieved that dream, together with our amazing workforce, and the support of our loyal customers, suppliers and business associates.  As the company has grown, CCL’s brand has become highly respected throughout the waste industry.  Its reputation for providing reliable equipment and excellent service has attracted many offers to acquire the business, but for us to consider handing over our much-loved company we had to feel sure whoever took over would be the perfect fit.  We truly feel we have found that in IEG.  With the environmentally conscious companies within their Group, we believe we have an ideal compatibility with IEG’s values, culture and strategy, and their acquisition will allow CCL to reach its full potential and continue onto the next level.  More importantly, the further expansion offers exciting opportunities to all its staff members - our highly valued Team Capital - who have made CCL a company to be immensely proud of!”

Mike Braddock adds:

“The acquisition of CCL adds yet another premier service offering to the IEG EMEA portfolio. We’ve been so fortunate to build the EMEA family with such respected companies now adding another in CCL.   Their value and reputation in the waste industry make us a more complete supplier to our core Customers by providing Bins, Wear Parts, Services and now Compactors and Balers.” 

Mark Whelan, Partner at Quercus comments:

“We are delighted to have advised Al and Jo Lindsay on the sale of CCL which they developed and grew from an idea into the UK’s leading manufacturer of high-quality waste compaction and baling equipment. Al and Jo were keen to retire and asked Quercus International to help them find a buyer who would both protect and enhance their legacy. Through a pre-existing relationship we had with IEG in the UK, we found a buyer that would be able to do just that. We are sure that under IEG’s ownership, CCL and its excellent team will continue to flourish and innovate and be able to maintain its position as a key provider of waste management and recycling solutions in the UK.”

This transaction illustrates the strength of Quercus International within both the waste and industrial sectors, and the third completion within the industrial sector in as many months.

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