We’ve come a long way in the last 50 years but what hasn’t changed is our commitment to putting our customers at the forefront of innovative product design and engineered solutions within air movement technology.
Based in the South West of England and with an office in Maine, USA, our proactive approach to creating market-driven designs and industrial applications is supported by a highly experienced and skilled team.
As a company that never stands still, ACI strives to engineer and distribute the most advanced products and solutions to an ever-increasing Global audience.
Managing Director – Chris Hellier
Chris joined ACI in early 2019 with his sights set firmly on the future. He is excited about the journey ahead, saying:
“ACI has a very strong history which we continue to build upon through our highly skilled team and product advancement. Where innovation plays a hugely important role in our development, we are further enhancing our strong design and manufacturing pedigree. The company has been established in the field of air movement and drying technology since 1969 and has seen a lot of change. This in turn has brought with it lots of opportunity for diversity and this is where ACI will continue to thrive.”
Finance Director – Kirsty Da Silva
Chairman of The Board – Paul Tuffin
In May 1991 Paul Tuffin joined the ACI Technical Team to develop a new range of drying systems. Promoted to the ACI Board in 1993 as Technical Director he then held the position of Managing Director between 2001 and 2019. He is looking forward to the next phase of ACI’s history saying:
“ACI has an exciting future and I am very proud to be part of such a dynamic company which constantly strives to develop and provide the best possible products and services to a global audience”
UK Sales Manager – Matthew Shelley
‘My ACI career began back in 2004 as a Design Engineer which gave me a comprehensive knowledge base of both Industrial Fans and Air Knife applications. Now, in the role of UK Sales Manager, I am able to work closely with our customers all over the UK mainland to support them in a huge range of projects from one-off specials to full turnkey solutions.’
Export Sales Manager – Stephen Thurgood-Perry
‘Following five years as part of the ACI application support team, in 2017 I used the knowledge gained to move to the role of Export Sales Manager. Taking responsibility for export sales as well as managing our ever-growing network of distribution partners, I regularly travel the world extending our global reach.’
Applications Support Team
On hand to discuss your sales application at every step and to guide you through the full sales process, ACI’s hugely experienced and knowledgeable Application Engineers are your first port of call. Providing the very best product knowledge across a wide range of industries and applications, the team maintain excellent levels of customer service and support to each and every customer.
The Technical Team are available to support customers with any fan related or drying/de-dusting issues they may encounter as well as providing modifications to standard products to suit individual specifications.
With a dedicated Laboratory available to test samples of customers’ products, we are able to design the right solution every time, even creating bespoke designs, to solve our customers’ specific problems. We also offer outline drawings, assembly drawings and layouts along with 3D models of any of our products and systems.
Technical Software used by ACI: Autodesk Inventor (3D modelling, drawings, basic rendering & animation) Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical (2D CAD work).
Our Product Assembly team are well-equipped to assemble the full and diverse range of products from ACI’s varied portfolio.
This includes small fractional horsepower fans all the way up to large 110kW units, as well as the many Higher-Level Assemblies (HLA’s) that we now produce for customers.
A wide variety of component parts are also held in stock and our machine shop allows us to produce small batch quantities of these at short-notice.
ACI can offer full product testing at our Research and Development facility in Axminster, Devon. This area includes a working bottling/canning line, general conveyors for ‘component’ drying and an array of air flow systems for the testing of fans.
Contact us now for more information.
Customer Site Visits
To assist our UK mainland-based customers, ACI can offer a face-to-face site visit. Whether this is to acquire information regarding an air knife system installation (i.e. to fully understand the customer’s line speed, product/conveyor sizes, product proximity and the level of drying, cooling or cleaning required) or simply to discuss a new fan application, a member of the ACI team will be on hand to help develop a strong working relationship moving forward. Contact us now for more information.