Confederate Chemicals Upgrade their Extraction System with the Help of Auto Extract Systems Ltd

Auto Extract Systems Ltd was invited to Confederate Chemicals in order to give their recommendations to improve their existing extraction system to provide improved protection from chemical fumes for their staff under COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations 2002.

With employee’s health and safety a key priority, Confederate Chemical’s management team were finding that their existing extraction system was underperforming and subsequently; not providing adequate extraction for their growing business’ requirements. With onsite facilities that include; internal mixing gantries, an external tank farm, chemical racking and storage areas, specialist acid handling plant and balanced interceptor tanks, their management team were keen to upgrade their existing system to reduce the risk (of fumes and specks of dust inhalation) in their workplace.

Upon completing a free site survey, Confederate Chemicals were keen to move forward with Auto Extract System’s remedial work proposal, adapting and upgrading their existing extraction system to ensure they provided a safe working environment for their staff and their workplace is COSHH-compliant.

A new high-duty, anti-spark and chemical-resistant polypropylene 7.5Kw (with a duty of 5,000m3/h @ a pressure of 1,000 Pascal’s) centrifugal fan was installed in place of the existing axial fan to provide adequate airflow rates across their existing 5-point extraction system. The new fan was relocated to a new position (outside) and was mounted with flexible inlet/outlet connections to prevent vibration distortion rising up through the chimney stack. All redundant equipment, ducting and bracketry was dismantled and removed from site.

Confederate Chemical’s Managing Director, Ian Yarlott, praised the Auto Extract System’s installations team for their efficiency in adapting their existing extraction system, commenting:“At Confederate Chemicals, we have nearly completed a multi-step plan to review and upgrade all aspects of handling and production. We selected Auto Extract Systems as a key partner to specify and install a system that either meets or exceeds both regulatory and our internal standards.”

Confederate Chemicals were established in 1975 by two chemists and moved into their purpose built 9,000 square foot factory in mid-Wales in 1979. Since then, Confederate Chemicals have substantially grown before being acquired and took over by new management in 2014, though remain a highly focussed small business with expanded investment and operational capabilities.

With a wide range of products available that are made up from over 3000 propriety formulations, they have built numerous long-standing contract-blending agreements with their clients and can accommodate a client’s bespoke requests. The product solutions include both acid and non-methylene chloride paint strippers for metal finishing and coating products and also serve the catering and hygiene markets.

To find out more about this tough chemical environment installation, about our services or for a free, no-obligation site visit which would allow us to propose an extraction solution for your business, please contact us on +44 (0)1942 267444 or e-mail  In addition, you can keep in touch with us on our social media channels, FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn for updates.

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