Tristel to build £950,000 cleanroom operation


Will add a third leg to its infection control products business

UK hygiene company Tristel is to build a £950,000 cleanroom operation at its premises in Snailwell, near Newmarket, to enable it to manufacture sterile packed disinfectants and cleaning products in the new Crystel product range. These products are deployed in pharmaceutical, cosmetics and toiletries manufacturing plants.

A sales team of five has been recruited for the project and the cleanroom investment is due to be completed by the end of the current financial year. The cleanroom manufacturing operation, designed by Clean Room Construction Ltd, is expected to create a total of eight jobs, expanding the workforce to more than 60.

Chief executive Paul Swinney revealed the plans as Tristel reported annual profits up by more than a third.

The company posted a pre-tax profit of £1.72m for the 12 months to 30 June, up 34.2% on the previous year’s figure of £1.3m.

Turnover rose 28% to £8.8m, reflecting the firm’s 2009 acquisition of the Medichem animal healthcare range and increased sales, particularly overseas, of its chlorine dioxide-based hospital infection control products.

Swinney said the company is now in the process of rolling out its Wipes System and the Stella disinfection system globally.

“Tristel has had another successful year, increasing turnover and profit for the fifth consecutive year,” said Swinney.

“We continue to expand internationally, obtaining our first regulatory approval in China and achieving our first sales, and we have now also entered the German market. We look forward to the future with confidence.”