ECS Acquires Tinto Laser Services

The South Yorkshire based company acquired Tinto – which became insolvent in early 2014 – for an undisclosed fee, and has re-employed the staff, thus bringing back this well respected laser toner cartridge manufacturer from the brink.

Misterton, South Yorkshire, UK.  19th March 2014.– Effective Consumable Solutions (ECS), the independent distributor of copier and printer consumables throughout the UK and Europe, has today announced that it has acquired Tinto Laser Services the highly respected manufacturer of laser printer cartridges in Europe, which had become insolvent in January. The seventeen highly qualified Tinto Laser Services employees that have been out of work for nearly two months since being made redundant due to the company’s insolvency will be reinstated into their former positions as part of the takeover.

buildingThe Tinto Laser Services team, which has over one hundred and fifty years combined experience in the toner cartridge manufacturing business, was paramount in seeing the company being labeled as one of Europe’s most respected laser toner remanufacturers, with the company’s outstanding quality control being a vital element in its former success.

As part of the takeover agreement, ECS has also secured the recycling division GreenAgenda Ltd which operates one of the largest toner cartridge and mobile phone recycling schemes in the UK. ECS will affirm that Tinto Laser Services remains at its current location at 1-3 Sandpiper Way, Strathclyde Business Park, Bellshill, near Glasgow.

“The acquisition of Tinto Laser Services demonstrates our willingness to invest in businesses that can help fuel profitable growth and extend our strategy,” said Chris Fink, co-founder and MD, ECS. “With the right strategy, great execution, continued innovation and a clear commitment to the laser printer manufacturing industry, we are confident that we can not only ensure Tinto Laser Services gets back on its feet, but grow this business successfully for the long-term and ensure it once again is at the forefront of the laser cartridge remanufacturing industry. ECS has a proven record of innovation and transformation, which has enabled us to create strategies that are highly valued by our clients and partners both in the UK and throughout Europe. We welcome the Tinto Laser Services employees into our family with open arms and hope to give them the necessary platform and tools needed to continue to excel.”

image001 “Since Chris and I founded ECS, we had a distinct vision in place and had developed a set of goals that would guide us to achieve that vision. Our main vision was our people. ECS and its subsidiaries would be a great place to work, where people are inspired to be the best they can be. When we heard that the staff at Tinto had lost their jobs and the company had gone under, we needed to act, not only to save the name of this once great company, but to save the jobs of the people that had created that reputable name,” said Felicity Rabbitte, co-founder and CEO, ECS. “The Tinto Laser Services team now has the full backing of the ECS family and we are happy to have them on board. Together, we can ensure that we will steer Tinto back to the top, where it once was.”

Founded in 2009 by Chris Fink and Felicity Rabbitte, ECS has progressed sales and distribution in the UK and Europe and is an independent distributor of copier and printer consumables. Being a leading-edge innovator in the marketplace, ECS pioneered the process of Closed-Loop recycling in the toner and ink cartridge industry which empowers its clients to meet their corporate responsibility commitments.


For more information on ECS, Tinto Laser Services and the takeover, please contact the press officer – see details below.

About Effective Consumable Solutions (UK) Ltd. – ECS (
ECS is a leading independent distributor of reprographic supplies serving the European business equipment community. The company was established in 2009 by Chris Fink, who serves the company as its MD, and Felicity Rabbitte, who is the CEO. ECS is headquartered in Misterton, Doncaster, UK, with the new remanufacturing facility being based in Bellshill, near Glasgow.

ECS is an agile, ambitious, collaborative and forward thinking company that specialises in photocopier and laser printer toner cartridges and distributing them throughout the UK and Europe.

ECS are members of  the European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association (ETIRA) and also of The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) which is a professional body that represents over 6,500 waste professionals working in the sustainable resources and wastes management sectors, predominantly in the UK but also overseas. CIWM sets the professional standards for individuals working in the industry. ECS also provides fully licensed recycling services to organisations and individuals and is fully compliant with the WEEE Directive and Hazardous Waste Regulations.

ECS provides unparalleled customer service, ensuring it continues to foster stronger relationships with both its customers and partners both locally and internationally.

To see how ECS can provide photocopier and laser printer cartridges that present a more profitable option for dealers when compared with the originals, visit their website – or call the team on 0844 357 5016.

Press Contact
Felicity Rabbitte
0844 357 5016
Effective Consumable Solutions (UK) Ltd
Units 11-14 West Stockwith Park
South Yorkshire
DN10 4ES


ECS is a family run business with sisters Fran Rabbitte (Financial Director) & Felicity Rabbitte (CEO) originally from Paisley. Martin Rabbitte the ‘girls’ father still lives in Paisley at the young age of 85. Martin is very happy to have the ‘girls’ home again for a few days a week!