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Donaldson Company Enters Agreement to Acquire BOFA International LTD, Global Expert in Fume Extraction Technology


MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), a leader in the global filtration market, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BOFA International LTD (BOFA). BOFA designs, develops and manufactures fume extraction systems across a wide range of industrial air filtration applications.

Headquartered in Poole, United Kingdom, BOFA was founded in 1987 and employs approximately 250 people. BOFA expects to generate sales of approximately $40 million in its current fiscal year. BOFA sells fume extraction systems to OEM customers, distributors and end users, and has recurring sales of replacement filters. Its fume extraction systems are used in laser, electronics, printing, 3D printing and dental applications.

“We are excited to leverage BOFA’s high-quality products and strong customer relationships to expand into new industrial air filtration markets and applications,” said Jeff Spethmann, senior vice president of Donaldson’s Industrial Products segment. “With Donaldson’s expertise in filtration technologies and global manufacturing and distribution footprint, we plan to further accelerate BOFA’s global growth and add additional filtration technology to BOFA’s products.”

“BOFA’s fume collection business will be an excellent complement to our global portfolio of filtration businesses,” said Tod Carpenter, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “The acquisition of BOFA aligns well with our strategy by growing our industrial air filtration business and diversifying our company through technology-led filtration solutions. I look forward to welcoming BOFA’s employees and customers to Donaldson Company, and supporting the BOFA team as they continue to grow their business.”


Donaldson has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 88 percent of BOFA for approximately £79 million. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Donaldson expects to close the transaction during the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Once the transaction is complete, Donaldson will report revenue from the acquisition of BOFA within its Industrial Filtration Solutions business in the Industrial Products segment.

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About Donaldson Company

Founded in 1915, Donaldson Company is a global leader in the filtration industry with sales, manufacturing and distribution locations around the world. Donaldson’s innovative technologies are designed to solve complex filtration challenges and enhance customers’ equipment performance. For more information, visit

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