John, as an engineer, with expertise in refrigeration first began manufacturing industrial dehumidifiers that were more powerful, yet consumed less energy and were more robust.
And so Ebac was born.
John Elliott started Ebac with one fundamental philosophy.
“Understand your customers and then engineer innovative products which meet their needs better than anyone else in the market.”
John had identified the potential for dehumidifiers in the home. Most homes in the UK experience condensation and damp in the winter. A dehumidifier is the best and most natural way to eliminate these problems. But the only dehumidifiers available were imported from the Far East and these were designed to operate at high temperatures and humidities.
John had invented the UK’s first dehumidifier which was specifically designed to operate in the UK climate of lower temperatures and humidities.
Ebac had become the best selling dehumidifier in the UK and was exporting to most countries throughout Europe.
John went on to design and supply a range of military Dehumidifiers for the British Army which were used to keep equipment dry during both Gulf Wars.
He branched out into Air Conditioning and developed specialist Air Conditioners for the London Underground and East Coast Trains.
Ebac Dehumidifiers were also used to dry out the Channel Tunnel during construction, Royal Doulton pottery and Rowntrees confectionery.
Ebac also manufactures a range of bottled and filtered Water Coolers.
John Elliott’s passion for innovation and manufacturing have made Ebac the best selling Water Coolers in Europe.
Customers include Nestle, Elis, Danone and Coca Cola!
Ebac have designed a range of Washing Machines which are the first ones to be manufactured in the UK in over a decade!
These Washing Machines follow ongoing planning, research and development which included more than 120,000 hours of testing and 7 million pounds of investment.
The story so far...
John had invented the UK’s first industrial Dehumidifier which was designed to operate in the UK climate of lower temperatures and humidities.
Ebac develops its first timber dryer.
The business reaches £1m turnover for the first time.
Ebac designs and manufactures a domestic Dehumidifier Made in Britain for the British climate.
Ebac Industrial Products Division formed.
Ebac Ltd begins operations in the USA.
Owner and CEO John Elliott receives an MBE for Services to Small Business.
Ebac enters the European Water Cooler market.
Ebac launches the patented WaterTrail™ for Water Cooler sanitisation.
Ebac launches patented Intelligent Defrost for Dehumidifiers which ensure faster and efficient operation.
Ebac Industrial Products designs Air Conditioning for the London Underground Jubilee Line.
Ebac Group Ltd is formed. The Group opens offices in France and Germany.
Ebac Ltd launches the patented Smart™ Control for Dehumidifiers. An automatic software to replace simple humidistats.
Ebac signs 6-year deal with Nestle Waters to become its sole supplier of Water Coolers in Europe.
The 500,000th Emax Water Cooler rolls off the production line, the most popular Water Cooler Ebac have made.
FMax is launched, the most complete Water Cooler design ever.
Ebac announces the FMAX POU which utilises a ground-breaking new Direct Dispense which has a 98% reduced chance of microbiological contamination.
Ebac launches a new logistics management system, aimed at simplifying the administration of customer transactions and driving down operating costs for cooler companies.
Ebac moves to larger premises and a new factory in Newton Aycliffe and is our current headquarters.
Ebac launches the Fleet Water Cooler featuring Direct Chill, Ice Bank Technology and our revolutionary Direct Dispense system creating the Fleet Direct Dispense.
John Elliott creates the Ebac Foundation. The Foundation provides a structure that will mean profits are reinvested back into the business for growth purposes.
Ebac launches the first Washing Machine to be designed and manufactured in Britain for over a decade.