Lanes Group acquires Irish waste management specialist

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Lanes Group has acquired the Arlo Group, the owners of AQS Environmental Solutions, a provider of drainage, industrial and waste management services in Ireland.

According to Lanes Group, the deal has been unanimously agreed by the boards of directors of both companies for an undisclosed sum and is the second major acquisition by Lanes Group in recent weeks.

In November 2015, UKDN Waterflow (LG), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lanes Group, also acquired the business and certain assets of UKDN Waterflow (in administration) and UKDN Waterflow Technical Services (in administration).

Arlo Group, based in Tipperary, comprises AQS Environmental Solutions and Acorn Recycling, a sludge-to-compost recycling company. AQS Environmental Solutions provides a range of specialist drainage services to local authorities, private industry and residential customers across Ireland.

"The acquisition creates a group of companies with 1,703 staff, 27 operating centres and five utility hubs," said Richard Leigh, business development director of Lanes Group. "Both acquisitions deliver new business opportunities that are an excellent strategic fit, both with our current services and our plans for growth.

"AQS Environmental Solutions has sound finances, a strong brand, and a good reputation with customers in Ireland. Acquiring the company helps us achieve a strategic ambition to extend our geographical reach, where it is financially and operationally prudent to do so.

Leigh continued: "UKDN Waterflow (LG) has a depot network which geographically broadly complements the depots we already had, and helps us to deepen our presence and capabilities in key sectors, notably highways and rail.

"It has also given us the opportunity to re-enter the insurance drainage maintenance and repair market, where UKDN Waterflow (LG) has a strong presence."

The management team at AQS Environmental Solutions will remain in place. "The company has 60 employees and has a particularly strong presence in wastewater tankering, as well as waste management," added Leigh.

UKDN Waterflow (LG) has 254 employees who have joined Lanes Group under TUPE regulations.

"Unfortunately, UKDN Waterflow had been experiencing a decline in its customer base, in recent years, which contributed to its financial difficulties," stated Leigh. "With our intervention, its position is secure. We are confident, as UKDN Waterflow (LG), the new business can start to win back customers in 2016, and return to growth."

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