FINLAND: Indoor climate company Halton Group has agreed to acquire the French air conditioning contractor Diffus’Air.

Established in 1996, Diffus’Air is a privately-owned company located in Gondecourt, south west of Lille. and near Halton’s French factory. Its operations are currently focused in Paris and Northern France. Diffus’Air’s annual turnover is approximately €4m, and operates with a staff of 20 and a further 20 subcontractors.

The company has long relationships with French restaurant chains, an area which has proved to offer good growth potential for Halton’s foodservice business in America and Asia.

According to Kai Konola, CEO of the Halton Group, the two companies have similar philosophies in terms of energy efficiency, good planning competence and high quality.

“The companies’ business models and operating areas, on their part, complement each other, creating interesting opportunities for synergy,” Kai Konola said.