Elliott Brothers Air Control was founded in 1972. After a brief period working for other people - John Elliott decided to go it alone and so Ebac was born.
A single order of 16 dehumidifiers
From a single order of 16 dehumidifiers, John Elliott and his brothers fashioned together a basic manufacturing plant in a family poultry farm and delivered the order on time and on budget. This one order was to be the start of something big.
Growth throughout the 1970s
Encouraged by the popularity of their products with their first customers, Ebac continued to grow and develop. Builder dryers were developed which were better than any of the competition - and customers loved them. By 1979 Ebac had reached £1m turnover for the very first time.
1980s consumer revolution
Ebac now takes their industrial expertise and applies it to consumer products. By the end of the 1980s, Ebac are the leading brand of dehumidifier, selling almost 100,000 units per year.
Condensation and damp
Families suffering from condensation and damp now have a solution, and thousands flock to buy Ebac’s new domestic dehumidifier.
MBE for John Elliott
John Elliott is awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II for services to small business. A recognition of his outstanding success and contribution to the local community.
1990s global expansion
Growth in the USA for industrial dehumidifiers and increasing demand throughout Europe for domestic dehumidifiers see Ebac enjoy even more success.
Ebac launch their first watercooler
Using their product design and manufacturing excellence, Ebac enter the fast-growing watercooler market and achieve immediate success.
Within a few years Ebac are now the market leaders of dehumidifiers and watercoolers in the UK and Europe.
Patents for the innovative Smart Control system and Watertrail technology are gained and cement Ebac’s position as innovators in both markets.
2000s continued success
The new millennium sees Ebac continue to grow. With turnover now over £40m and 250 employees, Ebac has become a County Durham institution.
New market opportunities of 2010s
The fast growth in the dehumidifier and watercooler market of previous decades had now slowed and so Ebac embarked on it’s most adventurous project yet - entering the washing machine market with a £8m investment into plant and facilities.
Customers love Ebac’s new washing machine
It quickly becomes apparent that Ebac’s washing machine is a hit, becoming the highest-rated machine on Trust Pilot and selling out several times in the first 36 months.
Production scales up
Ebac scales up production to meet consumers demand for higher quality, longer lasting washing machines with lower environmental impact.