Bathroom manufacturer Kohler Mira has acquired a business specialising in waste water heat systems for showers.

The Cheltenham-based firm, known for its Mira Showers brand, has bought Recoup Energy Solutions in Norfolk for an undisclosed sum.

Global frim Kohler Mira said the deal was “further proof” of its investment in the UK, following the opening of a £28m national distribution centre in Worcester last year.

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The company said the move would help expand its offering in a growing area of the industry, as new build developers look to achieve greener government-set building performance standards and consumers try to reduce rising energy costs.

Emma Foster, managing director of Kohler Mira, said: “The acquisition of Recoup Energy Solutions is an exciting and important step in our strategic plan to offer our customers a larger suite of exceptional, sustainable products and further reinforces our commitment to pioneering environmentally friendly change through our products and services.

“With over ten years’ experience in waste water heat recovery products, Recoup has developed a strong reputation in its field, as Mira has for showering, and its portfolio of products will complement our existing business – we are extremely excited to bring Recoup into the Mira family, and can’t wait to see where this takes us.”

Kieron Dudley, co-founder of Recoup Energy Solutions, added: “Mira Showers is one of the most recognised and trusted consumer brands in the UK showering market and we are delighted to join forces with them to deliver effective and sustainable products that benefit customers and the environment simultaneously.

“We were very impressed with Mira’s history of bringing innovation to the bathroom industry to improve their customers’ showering experience in a more sustainable way and look forward to working together to develop these further.”

Mira Showers was originally founded in London in 1921 as Walker, Crosweller and Co by Scottish engineer James MacFarlane Walker to import gauges for boilers. The company went on to develop the world’s first thermostatic shower before later moving to the Whaddon Works in Cheltenham in 1937.

It developed its first instant electric showers in the 1970s when the Mira brand name was extended to cover all mixing valve and flow control products marketed in the UK, while its Rada brand was introduced to international export markets. The company changed its name to Caradon Mira in the 1980s and then became part of the Kohler company as Kohler Mira in 2001, in a deal worth £300m.

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