BHA GROUP HOLDINGS, INC.

BHA GROUP HOLDINGS, INC.

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Company Overview
BHA Group Holdings, Inc. is a US-based company which designs, manufactures and sells replacement parts for industrial air pollution control equipment known as baghouses and electrostatic precipitators. It was established in 1975 and became a publicly owned company in 1986. It has a registered head office in Kansas City, Missouri.
BHA is the world’s largest supplier of replacement products and services for industrial air pollution control systems, including baghouse dust collectors and electrostatic precipitators. For baghouses, BHA offers a wide range of air filters, pleated filters, and membrane filters, along with particulate detection devices, acoustic horns, and various replacement parts to fit almost any original equipment manufacturers (OEM) style of collector. For precipitators, BHA offers replacement collecting plates, wires, controls, control software, rapper systems, and other parts. BHA also has installation and inspection services along with engineering services, construction management, and complete rebuild/upgrade services.
BHA operates nine manufacturing facilities, 11 sales and service offices, and numerous field service locations around the world. Most of BHA’s manufacturing facilities are ISO 9001 or 9002 registered. In addition, the company serves more than 50 industry groups across six continents and has more than 1,100 employees worldwide. It primarily operates in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, the Near East, the Pacific Rim and China.
BHA’s two principal operating subsidiaries are BHA Group, Inc., a leading global supplier of replacement parts and services for industrial air pollution control systems; and BHA Technologies, Inc., which manufactures and markets expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) membrane products for use in a variety of industrial and consumer products.
In September of 2004, BHA was completely acquired by GE Energy, one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technology.
Business Summary
BHA Group Holdings, Inc. is a global filtration company whose principal business is the design, manufacture and sale of replacement parts and the performance of rehabilitation conversion services for the types of industrial air pollution control equipment known as baghouses and electrostatic precipitators. This equipment is used to eliminate particulate from the air by passing particulate-laden gases through fabric filters (filter bags) or pleated media filter elements, in the case of baghouses, and between electrically charged collector plates, in the case of electrostatic precipitators. The Company’s business also includes the maintenance, conversion and rebuilding of this equipment through a network of employees and independent contractors. Its products and services are marketed throughout North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, the Near East, the Pacific Rim and China.
Description and history
BHA Group Holdings, Inc., organized in 1975, is a global filtration company whose principal business is the design, manufacture and sale of replacement parts and the performance of rehabilitation conversion services for the types of industrial air pollution control (APC) equipment known as baghouses and electrostatic precipitators. This equipment is used to eliminate particulate from the air by passing particulate-laden gases through fabric filters (filter bags) or pleated media filter elements, in the case of baghouses, and between electrically charged collector plates, in the case of electrostatic precipitators. The Company’s business also includes the maintenance, conversion and rebuilding of this equipment through a network of employees and independent contractors. Its products and services are marketed throughout North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, the Near East, the Pacific Rim and China.

The Company has also established BHA Technologies, Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary that supplies expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) membrane products for use in its APC product lines. Through BHA Technologies, the Company is also supplying ePTFE membrane products to a new base of customers for consumer and industrial outerwear products, HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtration and a variety of other industrial applications.

BHA Technologies sells products and services in several geographical areas. Operations of the domestic business are based in the United States. The domestic business provides products and services to the United States markets and exports to Canada, Latin America, the Near East, the Pacific Rim and China. The European business operations manufacture and sell products and services in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

European Subsidiaries

BHA Group GmbH (GmbH), formerly Filtra GmbH, is a German corporation that operates from Ahlen, Germany, as an air pollution control replacement parts marketer, selling products throughout Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa. Until September 1999, GmbH manufactured APC parts, but such operations are since consolidated into the BHA Purfilter S.L. facility in Barcelona, Spain.

BHA Group AG, formerly SF Air Filtration AG, is a Swiss corporation that designs and produces high-efficiency replacement cartridge filter elements. This wholly owned subsidiary manufactures the pleated media filter elements in Muemliswil, Switzerland, and sells these products throughout Europe.

BHA UK Limited sells industrial air pollution control parts and services to customers throughout the United Kingdom and supports product sales from the Company’s manufacturing operations in Spain and Switzerland.

BHA Purfilter S.L. (Purfilter) is a Spanish corporation that manufactures and sells replacement filters for industrial air pollution equipment. Purfilter manufactures air pollution control replacement parts in Barcelona, Spain, for the European market and provides a sales presence in Southern Europe.

BHA Technologies AG, a Swiss corporation, is a wholly owned subsidiary of BHA Technologies that markets ePTFE membrane products for a variety of applications both within and outside of the air pollution control industry. BHA Technologies AG sells ePTFE membrane products throughout Europe and Asia.

BHA Group International Holdings B.V. is a holding corporation for the Company’s international businesses. It is based in The Netherlands, which maintains an extensive tax treaty network throughout the world.

Latin America Subsidiaries

BHA do Brazil Ltda. is a Brazilian corporation that warehouses and markets industrial air pollution control parts and services. BHA Brazil stores the air pollution control parts in Florianopolis, Brazil, and sells them to customers in Brazil and surrounding countries.

BHA Group de Mexico S.A. de C.V. is a Mexican corporation that manufactures replacement filters for industrial air pollution equipment in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Products manufactured by BHA Mexico are sold to customers in Mexico or are transferred to BHA Group, Inc. and subsequently sold to the Company’s customers in the United States, Latin America or elsewhere.

Asia Subsidiaries

BHA Group Philippines, Inc. is located in Manila, Philippines, and operates as the Company’s Asia-Pacific regional sales office to support the export sales from the United States to customers in the Pacific Rim and Australia.

BHA Environmental Technology Company, Ltd. is a corporation established in China that assembles and sells APC products, and provides after-sale services and relevant technical support to customers throughout China and surrounding regions.

BHA Group International Private Limited is an Indian corporation that provides sales and service assistance to customers in India, including support for products exported from the Company’s manufacturing units in the United States.

BHA Technologies K.K., a Japanese corporation, is a wholly owned subsidiary of BHA Technologies that markets ePTFE membrane products for an array of applications both within and outside the air pollution control industry. BHA Technologies Japan also provides support for the Company’s non-ePTFE APC business in Japan.

The Company’s primary competitors in the ePTFE membrane market include W. L. Gore and Associates, Tetratec Corporation and Nitto Denko Corporation.

Business Line
Designs, manufactures and sells replacement parts for industrial air pollution control equipment known as baghouses and electrostatic precipitators
Subsidiary

Advisor
KPMG LLP
IPO date
11/1986
US SIC Code
3564
Company Address
8800, East 63rd Street

City province or state postal code
64133, KANSAS CITY, MO
Phone: +1 816 356 8400
Fax: +1 816 353 1873
Country address: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Website url: www.bhagroup.com