Water treatment firm picks Redditch for expansion site

A water treatment company is expanding the manufacture and distribution of its own brand of sanitiser with a new operation in Redditch.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a huge increase in demand for sanitiser and has led International Water Solutions to launch a new arm of its business – Mydis – focused on the production and supply of its own alcohol-free antibacterial sanitiser and a string of associated products.

Finance director Jeffrey Kinn said: “We are based in Essex and needed a more central distribution centre, in the Midlands. Redditch was ideal for our purposes.”

Property agents John Truslove worked on a deal which saw Mydis take 6,041 sq ft of space at 29 Crossgate Road, at the heart of the Park Farm industrial area.

Kinn added: “The unit is initially operating as a distribution centre, but we are looking to install some major production equipment over the coming months. When that happens, we will probably be looking to recruit locally.

“The sanitiser was initially just a sideline. Our main business at International Water Solutions is the production of Xziox, a biocidal disinfectant widely used in the agricultural industry in the UK, but the pandemic created a major opportunity for the business with an alcohol free sanitiser ready to go into large-scale production.

“Our products are currently being used in hospitals, airport terminals, on board planes and trains and even in churches.”

“It has meant exponential growth in the size of our business over the last few months. This virus is clearly going to be with us for some time to come. It is the ‘new normal’ and we have adapted our business to meet this challenge.”

Ian Parker of John Truslove negotiated a three year lease for the Crossgate Road unit on behalf of landlords Paloma Capital.

He said: “The Park Farm area of Redditch provides an ideal base for any business seeking to establish a distribution centre to give itself nationwide reach.”

MyDis and International Water Solutions were advised by CMS Law.

Paloma Capital were advised by Greenberg Trauring.