Finnish water treatment specialist Evac is to acquire UK-based Cathelco, which makes the Evolution ballast water management system (BWMS).
Cathelco Group managing director Justin Salisbury told BWTT today (4 June), that Evac’s acquisition “provides a springboard for the development and sales of our BWMS, particularly as we are nearing USCG type-approval having completed the testing stages of the programme.”
His remarks echoed those made in a statement last week (31 May) by Evac group chief executive and president Tomi Gardemeister. He said the acquisition “provides a tremendous opportunity for Evac and Cathelco to work together to become a leader in the field of ballast water treatment systems,” for which he said demand “is growing rapidly”.
Mr Salisbury believes that their combined operations “will have a much large commercial footprint” than Cathelco currently has, particularly in the cruise market, he told BWTT, “where Evac is well established as a supplier of both dry and waste water systems.”
Evac provides waste, wastewater and water management systems for the marine, offshore, and building industries, while Cathelco specialises in making equipment for ships and offshore installations. Cathelco customers already include Evac’s current marine and offshore customer groups, including shipowners, shipyards, fleet managers, rig owners and operators, oil companies, navies and designers.
For Evac, as well as its new interest in BWMSs, the acquisition will extend its offering in two other main areas, its statement said: pipework anti-fouling systems and hull corrosion protection systems.
For Cathelco, its technology will become part of the Evac Complete Cleantech Solution, a statement released by Cathelco said. This includes vacuum collection, wastewater treatment and dry and wet waste management systems and fresh water generation systems, for ships of all types and sizes.
“From the customer’s perspective, it means they will have one point of contact for a range of equipment,” Mr Salisbury told BWTT.
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