Richard Higham, group chief executive, Acteon, said: "The Craig Group has done a fantastic job in building these businesses and we intend to invest in them further. They will also gain from the close association with existing Acteon companies, particularly those established in the international moorings and foundations sector."
David Currie will continue to lead Seatronics; and Alan Duncan will head IMS and ChainCo. Both will report to Acteon Vice President Bernhard Bruggaier.
"These are valuable, specialist businesses that will raise our presence in the Middle East and Asia and enhance the service Acteon is able to offer its customers generally. We targeted IMS and ChainCo because of their good fit with existing Acteon businesses. Seatronics provides us with an exciting opportunity to further expand our subsea services offering," Bruggaier said.
The activities of IMS and ChainCo are very much in line with existing Acteon companies InterMoor and Trident – the two new companies will considerably improve Acteon’s overall offering in the moorings market. As a whole, InterMoor and IMS together will possess the world’s largest inventory of mooring equipment available for rental.
The acquisition of Seatronics provides an entry for Acteon into the advanced marine survey sector. However, there are elements of the Seatronics business with which Acteon is very familiar. Trident, for example, supplies navigation and positioning systems; 2H Offshore is deeply involved in subsea riser monitoring; and UWG provides a camera-based downhole surveying service.
These three acquisitions follow closely the acquisition of InterAct PMTI based in the USA, (Acteon press release dated 18 June 2007) and will increase Acteon’s combined annual sales to more than $400 million.
Seatronics is the global market leader in subsea electronics rental and specialises in equipment for a range of applications, including diver-led NDT; inspection and construction work; environmental and geophysical surveying; navigation and positioning; and ROV operations and video inspection. Its skilled engineers provide a comprehensive service that encompasses equipment installation, set-up, calibration and data acquisition. Seatronics has bases in Aberdeen (UK), Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Houston (USA) and New Iberia (Louisiana, USA).
International Mooring Systems
International Mooring Systems (IMS) focuses on the sale, rental and management of mooring equipment, of which the company holds an extensive inventory concentrated in the eastern hemisphere. IMS is recognised for its ability to respond swiftly to most mooring-related requests from its offices in Aberdeen (UK), Stavanger (Norway), Houston (USA), Cape Town (South Africa) and Singapore.
ChainCo, which already works very closely with IMS, specialises in the inspection and certification of mooring chain and the repair or upgrade of heavy-duty mooring systems. The company operates a fleet of six purpose-built, mobile chain inspection units that can be quickly deployed to any given location. Units are currently working in the UK, Norway, Singapore, the USA and Canada.
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