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27 November 2015

Australian acquisition announced by Killgerm Group Ltd

Today, Killgerm Group Ltd is proud to announce the completion of its acquisition of the Starkeys Products business. Based in Perth, Western Australia, Starkeys Products has been producing high-quality insect light traps and electric fly killers under the Starkeys brand for the Australian, New Zealand & Asian markets for over 4 decades.

More recently, the business has also diversified into the manufacture of bespoke toolbox systems under the Brute Toolboxes brand. Commenting on the acquisition, Rupert Broome, Killgerm Group Managing Director, said: "Our PestWest Division has been competing with Starkeys Products for many years, and in that time we have developed a deep respect for the quality of the Starkeys products, their market penetration, and - most importantly - the dedication and professionalism of the staff within the Starkeys Products business. We see many synergies between the PestWest and Starkeys businesses, in terms of products, customers and geographic coverage.

Acquiring a strategic manufacturing asset in Australia will also complement and strengthen the existing global footprint for the PestWest Division, alongside existing operations in the USA, the UK and in China. Cultural fit is also extremely important to us, and I am delighted that the existing management team, led by Adam Carew-Reid as CEO, will continue to drive forward the Starkeys business, now with the added benefit of the resources of the whole of Killgerm Group to support their efforts." Given the strength of the product and company name, Starkeys Products will continue to trade under that name, as part of the PestWest Division. Adam Carew-Reid, CEO of Starkeys Products, added:

"We are delighted to now be part of Killgerm Group; the joining of businesses is truly a substantial step forward for the future of Starkeys Products. We will continue to manufacture our products to the same high standard in Australia, while maintaining our renowned personal service & regular contact with our all customers around the globe. I am looking forward to an exciting future with Killgerm Group, which is both professional & highly respected in the pest control industry. Our businesses will share a great synergy while enjoying the added benefits of each other's experience in the international market".

Source: BPCA.org.uk

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