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About APMG

APMG is a leading UK designer and manufacturer of high-quality laboratory furniture, school laboratory and classroom furniture, fume cupboards, industrial fans, fume extraction systems and fume scrubbers.

For over 80 years APMG has excelled at high-quality manufacture for education, commercial, industrial, research and other scientific applications. With this rich history we understand the importance of communication with our clients, working closely with them to deliver resilient solutions that exceed their expectations.

APMG hasn’t stood still – we’ve invested in comprehensive training for our dedicated teams, and in cutting-edge design software and manufacturing equipment to keep us at the forefront of the sectors we operate in.

Our creative design team is experienced in delivering a bespoke, ergonomic solution tailored to each client’s unique needs. From a single fume cupboard to a full laboratory fit out, we’re passionate about bringing you the exciting, functional and beautiful new environment you imagined.

All our products are carefully crafted by our skilled teams at our manufacturing facility in Manchester. And with our own professional installation teams and superb after sales support APMG takes the worry out of your project, ensuring that every aspect is delivered on time, to budget, and to brief.

You Can’t Buy Experience

But we’re happy to share ours…

Whether we’re fulfilling a £1.5 million contract for the design, manufacture and installation of a commercial laboratory or guiding an end-user to the right fan extract system for their needs, it’s our experience that ensures we get it right. And we have that experience by the lab load!

Research breakthroughs are taking place in APMG labs; new applications for existing technologies are being discovered in APMG labs; and many of the food and toiletry products on supermarket shelves have originated from APMG labs. There’s sensitive research being undertaken in APMG labs we can’t even tell you about.

Our university labs and school labs are inspiring future generations across the country and beyond, as are our classrooms. We’re using our experience to continuously improve our fume cupboards, fan extract systems and fume scrubbers to keep people safe and protect them from hazardous fumes.

Our skilled design and production teams are a mix of decades of industry experience and fresh talent bringing in new ideas. Many team members have over twenty years’ experience, and within our workforce over 500 years of experience in our chosen sectors…just one of the reasons so many organisations trust us with their projects.

The APMG Team

The APMG team comprises experienced lab furniture systems, plastic fabrication, and fume extraction specialists. We also have an eye on the future, bringing fresh talent into our company and never standing still. We all have a passion for innovation, value, delivering technical excellence, and giving you an outstanding customer experience. 

Will Perrott

Managing Director

Richard Shanks

Finance Director

Chris Brown

Furniture Department Director

Peter Royce

Fan and Fabrication Department Manager

Louise Barnes

Marketing Manager

Lynne Hayes-Clarke

HR Manager

Graham Neal

Production Manager

Phil Miller

Contracts Engineer

Barrie Gibson

Contracts Engineer

Steve Preston

CAD Programmer

Hope Dingley

Sales Estimator

James Fletcher

Contracts Engineer

Nick Holmes

Fan & Fabrications Sales Engineer

Sam Gouldin

Accounts Assistant

Gavin Cutter

Executive Administrator

A Rich History of Expertise

APMG was born from several specialist companies, all merging their experience and expertise in complementary sectors to form a market leader in laboratory furniture, school furniture, fume cupboards, fans, ductwork and fume scrubbers.

AP – Associated Plastics Ltd
IMPA was established in 1939 and rebranded as Associated Plastics in the early 70s. With a focus on plastic fabrications and plastic fans it used its plastics expertise to develop fume scrubbers and in 1980 introduced a pioneering range of fume cupboards. From 1986, under agreements with the Department for Education, the company’s school laboratory systems became a recognised market leader.

MG – Morgan & Grundy
M&G started making fume cupboards in 1944, potentially for the atomic bomb project. By the 1980s it was a recognised specialist in both fume cupboards and laboratory furniture. Associated Plastics purchased it in the early 90s, reorganising itself as a plastic fabricator and fan manufacturer and consolidating both companies’ expertise in fume cupboards, professional laboratory furniture and school laboratory products into a new M&G.

In 1998 the businesses combined as APMG and moved to the current premises where we’ve continued to build our reputation for high-quality products and excellent customer service ever since.

Production Waste Management

We source as much of our production material as possible from UK-based suppliers, and we only use wood-based panel products certified by the PEFC or FSC®. We use formaldehyde-free MDF whenever possible. Our computer-controlled saws automatically calculate the optimum way to cut each panel giving the least material wastage. We reuse packaging materials wherever possible.


We set ourselves a challenging ‘zero to landfill’ target which we have achieved every month since April 2017. We are proud of our record.

Energy Efficiency

We have installed 336 solar panels on our roof, which are predicted to produce 98,000 kWh per year. We expect to consume 60% of the solar power and export 40%. In addition, we are working to reduce the energy our factory and offices consume, fitting energy-efficient lighting, heater thermostats and timers and ensuring equipment is shut down when not in use. We prioritise energy efficiency when purchasing new equipment.


We operate a modern fleet of vehicles, which are tracked for the most effective use of our logistics. We consolidate raw material and finished goods deliveries and participate in schemes to ensure our delivery vehicles have return loads. We encourage car sharing and cycling to work. This has helped us to successfully reduce our carbon footprint for three consecutive years.