Over 50 years, Erlab has become the world’s leading supplier of air filtration technology.

As experts in the field of safety for laboratory personnel, since its inception,
Erlab has developed the most advanced technology and the most reliable materials to guarantee both the highest level of safety and exceptional working comfort. Welcome to a high-tech company which is at the forefront of innovation in the fields of safety, economic performance, energy savings, and sustainable development.

From 1968 to the present day, over 50 years of research and innovation.

Erlab is founded by François Pierre Hauville. The first range of Captair filtering fume hoods is launched.


Erlab establishes its research and development laboratory and builds its first 21,500 sq. ft. factory.


Erlab begins to export its products worldwide. Major partnership agreements are signed in Japan and the USA.


Erlab establishes a presence in the USA by creating Captair Inc., a production and sales unit in Boston.


Erlab establishes a presence in Germany by creating a subsidiary, Captair GMBH, in Dusseldorf.


The company builds an additional 43,000 sq. ft. production facility.


Erlab establishes a presence in Malaysia so the company can select the best raw materials for the manufacture of filters using super activated carbon.


François Pierre Hauville is named President of the Union of Mechanical Standardization (UNM 61). This committee is commissioned by AFNOR to create a standard for determining the performance criteria for a filtration fume hood.


Erlab consolidates its three French facilities into one 75,000 sq. ft. site in Val de Reuil in Normandy, bringing together production, sales, and the research and development laboratory.


The AFNOR NF X15-211 standard is published. It allows the performance of a filtration fume hood to be assessed according to strict criteria and requires manufacturers who use it to achieve a level of filtration higher than the requirements imposed by safety organizations. Today, it is still the reference standard in the field of filtration fume hoods.


With a strong international presence, Erlab creates its first website,, available in five languages. The site wins an award from the French Ministry of Foreign Trade in 1998.


Erlab expands its Captair range, creating the new Captair Store (filtering storage cabinets), Captair Bio (PCR workstations) and Captair Flow (filtering clean air workstations) ranges.


Erlab establishes its subsidiary, Asura Filters, dedicated to the manufacture and sale of high-performance super activated carbon filters.


Erlab expands its international operations and establishes new representative offices in Italy and Spain.


Erlab establishes a representative office in the United Kingdom and launches the website, which is available in five languages and includes an online quotation service.


In response to the shipment of packages laced with Anthrax in the USA, Erlab launches Captair Pyramid, a solution for opening suspicious packages. It is an immediate success with forensic units and government agencies.


Erlab establishes the first network of authorized partners for the maintenance of filtered ventilation systems under the name of Asura Maintenance: France, Germany, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Austria.


International development accelerates with Erlab China, a new 32,000 sq. ft. production and sales unit, ensuring the development of operations on the Asian continent. Erlab also establishes a presence in Spain with its subsidiary, Erlab S.L.


Erlab revolutionizes the world of protection against laboratory chemical hazards by creating GreenFumeHood, allowing fume extraction cupboard manufacturers to incorporate every aspect of Erlab technology: filtration, detection, and communication.


Erlab Inc. moves into a new 86,000 sq. ft. building in Rowley (MA). This new location allows Erlab to develop GreenFumeHood in North America. Erlab creates Captair Flex, a new range of fume hoods with a modular filtration column, offering multiple protection solutions thanks to new Flex technology.


Erlab China opens its second sales office in Guangzhou.


Founder of Erlab in 1968 and inventor of the first laboratory filtering fume hood in 1970, François Pierre Hauville, passes away. Erlab China opens its third sales office in Beijing. Two new ranges, Captair Store filtering storage cabinets and Captair Flow filtering clean air enclosures, benefit from the Flex modular filtration column and a new ergonomic design. Just three years after its launch, more than 10 partners now provide fume cupboards fitted with GreenFumeHood technology to laboratories around the world: the USA, Japan, France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, and the UK.


The new Captair Bio range of PCR enclosures benefit from Flex technology and a new ergonomic design. The Chinese JG/T385-2012 “ductless self-filtration enclosure” standard is published.


Erlab China moves into a new 65,000 sq. ft. building. This new Asian production and sales unit obtains ISO 9001 certification.


The Research and Development team moves into a new laboratory in Val de Reuil (France). Erlab launches HALO, a smart filtration module to treat chemical pollution and reduce the need to renew laboratory air.


Erlab launches the first connected filtering fume hood in history at the Achema exhibition in Frankfurt. The new ranges Captair Smart fume cupboards and storage cabinets, the Halo air filtration system, and the Halo Sense pollution sensor showcase Erlab’s new SMART technology to the public.


Erlab launches SMART technology for its Captair fume hoods: light-based communication offering an unprecedented level of safety. All devices are now connected.


Erlab celebrates 50 years of research and development, which has helped it become a world leader in air filtration technology, with a presence across three continents.


Erlab equips all its products with SMART technology.


Building upon its success, Erlab opens a new 140,000 sq. ft. factory in China and doubles the surface area of its laboratory in Europe. Erlab US showcases the mobility of filtration-equipped laboratories: its spectacular next-generation showroom has the ability to set up the ideal laboratory for each customer in just a few minutes. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Erlab launches its first consumer website, halo.erlab, dedicated to air purification equipment for enclosed spaces.


Erlab adopts a new brand identity and launches its new corporate website.

Leader mondial de la filtration de l'air
From left to right : Antoine Hauville : Chief Operational Officer / Stéphane Hauville : Chief Executive Officer


The harmful effects of air pollution on health are dangerously underestimated in all industrialized countries. The millions of tons of chemical agents produced by scientific, medical, and industrial research can have carcinogenic, mutagenic, and reprotoxic effects. As they are invisible, preventing their release into both working environments and the atmosphere as well as improving their detection have become public health issues.


To do everything possible to enable laboratories worldwide to reduce their toxic gas emissions to zero, both inside and out, through more reliable techniques for zero-release filtration, detection, and real-time reporting.

Erlab’s core mission:
The highest level of safety for all.

To respond to its rapid development and to promote all the benefits of filtration, Erlab has redefined its market vision and mission statement for the years to come.

You can breathe.

The new tagline affirms Erlab’s position as global leader in air filtration technology.
It captures the ultimate benefit of all Erlab products: the guarantee of breathing completely pure air both inside and outside the laboratory. Guaranteed safety, working comfort, wellbeing, and peace of mind for all users inside the laboratory, as well as all those connected to its external environment. From 2021 onwards, the new logo and tagline will appear on all Erlab products, packaging, signage, and communications, across all continents.
Leader mondial de la filtration de l'air logo

International deployment
since day one.

The filtration of toxic gases and pathogenic agents is a global issue.
Since its creation in 1968, Erlab has enjoyed rapid development and international support across Europe, America, Asia… In 50 years, the group has established itself in every market with high growth potential or strategic importance. The ambitious spirit at Erlab ensures it has daily presence in all corners of the world. Erlab’s teams innovate every day at all of their sites: in Val de Reuil, a few miles north of Boston, and an hour’s drive from Shanghai.
USA Headquarters

Erlab, Inc. 388 Newburyport Turnpike Rowley, MA 01969 USA Tel: (800) 964-4434 (978) 948-2216 Fax: (978) 948-3354

European Headquarters

Erlab D.F.S S.A.S Parc d’Affaires des Portes – BP403 27104 Val de Reuil Cedex FRANCE Tel: +33 (0) 2 32 09 55 80 Fax: +33 (0) 2 32 09 55 90

Asian Headquarters

Kunshan Erlab D.F.S Co., Ltd No. 118 FENG QIN Rd. KETD Kunshan Jiangsu Province P.R. China 215334 Tel: +86 (0) 512 5781 4085 Fax: +86 (0) 512 5781 4082

Asian Headquarters

Kunshan Erlab D.F.S Co., Ltd
No. 118 FENG QIN Rd. KETD Kunshan
Jiangsu Province
P.R. China 215334
Tel: +86 (0) 512 5781 4085
Fax: +86 (0) 512 5781 4082

USA Headquarters

Erlab, Inc.
388 Newburyport Turnpike
Rowley, MA 01969
Tel: (800) 964-4434
(978) 948-2216
Fax: (978) 948-3354

European Headquarters

Erlab D.F.S S.A.S
Parc d’Affaires des Portes – BP403
27104 Val de Reuil Cedex
Tel: +33 (0) 2 32 09 55 80
Fax: +33 (0) 2 32 09 55 90


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