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The Airvance Group: one family's success story

Founded in February 2020 following an acquisition between the France Air Group and the HVAC branch of the SIG Group, the Airvance Group is an expert in indoor air handling and air quality in buildings. Its CEO, Laurent Dolbeau, represents the 4th generation of this entirely family-run group.

Digital creation and investments during lockdown

Now ranking in the Top 5 of European leaders in the ventilation sector, the Airvance Group was established remotely during lockdown. This digital creation was a challenge that was successfully met thanks to the collaboration of men and women from each company. "We got to know each other and we developed the strategy of the Group and its four brands (France Air, Cairox, Sufix and Saftair) via video-conference. The construction of the Group is now 80% finalised and the Group has reached its cruising speed," stated Laurent Dolbeau.

2020 was still a year full of investments despite the pandemic. The Airvance Group allocated over 5 million Euros to extend its plants in France and Germany, to create a new duct production unit in Saint-Laurent-du-Pape (07), to build a new warehouse and a test laboratory in Beynost (01). This laboratory is dedicated to testing air diffusion and air quality solutions. It is available to all Group subsidiaries.

A very promising start to 2021

The Airvance Group has posted excellent results for the 1st half of 2021, up almost 30% on 2020 and 5 to 10% on 2019. Laurent Dolbeau estimates that the 2021 turnover achieved should reach 500 million Euros, (55% in France and 45% abroad).

The CEO also stated that the Airvance Group's debt reduction programme has reduced its debt by over 30% in 18 months.

Airvance Group key figures

  • Staff: 1650 employees
  • 20 companies in 13 countries
  • 9 production plants, 8 in France
  • 94 points of sale in Europe
  • 4 brands: France Air, Cairox, Sufix, Saftair
  • 75,000 customers
  • 5000 design offices in Europe
  • 240,000 products

SK Sales relocates in Manchester

We are very excited to announce that our team in Manchester has relocated to new larger premises on the Stakehill Industrial Estate.

After many years at Riverpark, SK Sales can now be found at:

Unit 33, Stakehill Industrial Estate



M24 2RW

We have a sparkling new trade counter with its own dedicated customer parking and an extensive warehouse.

Our contact details remain the same:

For deliveries and the entrance to our trade counter please approach from Whitbrook Way. To come to our office building please head to Bentley Avenue, postcode M24 2GP.

The coffee machine is on so feel free to pop by. We look forward to seeing you there soon!

For details of all SK locations, please click here.

Plasma Air Ionisation

Plasma ionisation unit can be fitted into the return air side of a ducted unit to provide a continuous stream of ionised particles using Plasma Air's Bi-Polar Ionisation system, neutralising pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses, as well as moulds and odours.

Applicable concealed ceiling units

The PA604 can be fitted to the supply return air side of a ducted fan coil. The power supply can be run from the fan coil supply – please see install instructions for correct fitment and placement in the air

The Plasma Air Bi-Polar Ionisation system

The Plasma Air 600 Series Models 604 are needlepoint brush-type ionizers producing an equal amount of positive and negative ions neutralizing harmful pollutants and odours. This unit is highly versatile as it may be installed at the fan inlet of an air handling unit, fan coil unit and VRV/VRF duct system. The 600 Series is self-contained in a potted ABS box with a moulded flange and mounting holes.

The unit is protected with an inline 500mA glass cartridge fuse. Each ionization unit is capable of ionizing a supply airflow of 4000 m3/hr.

Click here to read more.

SK Sales Golf Invitationals 2021


The 2021 SK Sales Invitationals took place recently and we had two great days of golf.

Air conditioning products arrive in stock at SK Sales in Basildon

At SK Sales' North London and Essex Hub in Basildon we are excited to welcome AC products to our stock range. Introducing Daikin Air Conditioning products! We can now also offer a great range of ancillaries.

Our extensive range now includes copper, cable, lagging, containment, gas plus lots more.

If you need any air conditioning ancillaries please feel free to contact the team on 01268 596760 or email

Daikin and SK Sales form new partnership for Air-Con industry


Daikin, one of the world leaders in climate control systems, is pleased to announce its appointment of SK Sales as a new mass distribution channel (MDC) partner in the UK, with the wholesaler now an official stockist of Daikin’s solutions for the air-conditioning sector.

At a time when air quality and ventilation is at the forefront of building design, the new partnership is a great result for the HVAC industry, providing installers and building service engineers with extended access to Daikin’s range of air-conditioning and ventilation products.

A leading ventilation, fan and air handling wholesaler, SK Sales - part of the Airvance Group - has over 25 years’ experience in the UK HVAC sector. This new partnership signals SK Sales’ recent expansion into the air-conditioning market, led by newly appointed Head of Air Conditioning, Richard Sked. As an official MDC partner of Daikin, SK Sales will stock Daikin’s range of Sky Air and split air-conditioning systems throughout its nine UK wholesale outlets.

A total solution air-conditioning system, Daikin’s Sky Air provides heating, cooling, ventilation and air purification to medium or small commercial buildings. Engineered to provide comfort, the system’s floor and presence sensors direct air away from occupants to create the perfect airflow, while the variable refrigerant temperature prevents drafts.

While Daikin’s flexible split systems form part of its air-conditioning offering for the home, providing both outstanding comfort, energy efficient technology and a variety of design options.

Speaking about the partnership, Nick Dray, Mass Distribution Channel Manager at Daikin, said: “We’re delighted to have SK Sales on board as one of our new MDC partners. At Daikin, the opportunity to take on a new partner who shares our vision of creating better and healthier internal environments was one we could not ignore. With its strong customer focus and the team’s extensive knowledge and experience, SK Sales is a perfect fit and we look forward to working with them.”

Richard Ward, Managing Director at SK Sales, added: “We’re extremely excited that SK Sales has been appointed as a Daikin Air Conditioning UK MDC partner. This is a really great moment, both for SK Sales and also our customers, with Daikin renowned throughout the industry for long-life product quality, technical leadership and overall reliability.

“Supported by the appointment of Richard Sked as our new Head of Conditioning, our recent expansion into air-conditioning means we can now offer an even greater service and, with the help of Daikin, continue to supply high-quality products, technical advice and support to the industry.”

To learn more about Daikin’s HVAC solutions, please visit: For more information on SK Sales, please visit: or contact Richard Sked at / 07507 061 509.

SK Sales - business as usual during lockdown 2


As we move in to the next national lockdown please be assured SK Sales will continue to provide a full and complete service to support the construction sector across the UK.

We have conducted risk assessments, implemented Covid Safe Working Practices at all of our branches and are available to fulfil all of your ventilation product requirements.

Please contact your local area sales manager or branch direct with enquiries, orders or any queries, or email

SK Sales Ltd Midlands Hub - fully operational again

The SK Sales Midlands Hub is now fully operational again and with some new faces to assist you with your ventilation product requirements. We’re delighted to welcome Fran Buxton and Matthew Cheesman to Birmingham. We have also now installed a brand new Covid-19 Safe Working trade counter. Fran, Matthew and all the team look forward to hearing from you soon.

Head to:
Unit 1, Octagon Business Centre
1 Miller Street
B6 4NF

or call 0121 3596374

New signage at our Northern Hub in Leeds

We're delighted with the new signs now installed at our new Copley Hill location in Leeds. If you haven't been to see us yet in our new Leeds location you can find us at Unit E1, Copley Hill Trading Estate, Whitehall Road, Holbeck, Leeds, LS12 1HE or you can call us on 0113 385 7770.

New premises in Leeds


SK Sales Ltd is pleased to announce it has recently secured a new base for its Leeds team.

Very shortly the Leeds SK Sales team will be moving from Intermezzo Drive, Pontefract Road to the recently refurbished Unit E1 on the Copley Hill Trading Estate, just off Gelderd Road and only 1.5 miles from Leeds city centre.

The property, a 4,971 sq ft industrial warehouse space, with high-specification trade counter and mezzanine level, will become the new Northern Hub for SK Sales Ltd.

Hub Manager, Andy Kneeshaw said “This is an exciting move for the team as Copley Hill provides a prime position for our trade counter.”

Managing Director, Richard Ward added “We are delighted with our new premises and look forward to welcoming customers in due course, as the construction sector gets back to work.”

When the move is complete the full postal address for the new premises will be:

SK Sales Ltd Northern Hub

Unit E1 Copley Hill Trading Estate

Whitehall Road



LS12 1HE

T: 0113 385 7770


For more information or to contact the SK Sales Ltd team please click here.

Welcome to our new website

In recent months we've worked hard on developing a new website to provide you with the most complete and best quality information.

We hope you'll find all the brands, products and related documents you're looking for. In the near future you'll be able to order everything you need via our state of the art e-shop. Do you have any suggestions on how to improve our experience for you? Don't hesitate to contact us.

The France Air Group finalises its acquisition of SIG Air Handling


The France Air group, a designer and distributor of ventilation products and solutions for indoor air quality and comfort, announces that it has completed its acquisition of SIG Air Handling, a division of the British group SIG plc.

SIG Air Handling is a European leader in the distribution of ventilation products for tertiary and residential buildings with a large European presence and strong positions in France, Belgium, Bulgaria and the Netherlands. It also covers the United Kingdom, Germany, Romania, Austria and Hungary. The France Air group has a strong presence in France, Portugal, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. These complementary territories provide optimal coverage and give the new venture a solid European base.

This acquisition enables the France Air group to accelerate the internationalisation strategy that Laurent Dolbeau has been implementing for the last five years, creating a European leader in ventilation for buildings, with 1800 employees based in 14 countries in Europe.

In 2018, the SIG Air Handling division reported approximately 350 €M revenue while the France Air group recorded almost 150 €M. The new group is expected to achieve a combined revenue of approximately 500 €M, propelling the new venture into the top 5 biggest players on the European ventilation market for indoor air quality and comfort.

Statement from Laurent DOLBEAU, CEO of the France Air Group:

This acquisition will enable the group to change dimension and become one of the leaders in the European ventilation market, without changing our business model. It will also enable the group to retain its financial independence and preserve the human and management values which have been key to the success of France Air: managerial autonomy, accountability and commitment.

Statement from Olivier DOLBEAU, President of the France Air Group:

This acquisition provides a great opportunity for the France Air group to grow and expand onto the international scene whilst retaining the family's shareholding, an approach which has been central to the history the company has built over the last 60 years.

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