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Rolls-Royce Acquires Automation Business

Rolls-Royce has acquired Servowatch Systems Photo: Rolls-Royce

Posted on December 8, 2020

Rolls-Royce has acquired Servowatch Systems, a UK-based international supplier of integrated marine automation solutions for navies, commercial vessels and large yachts.

Servowatch employs around 35 people at its headquarters in Heybridge, Essex and a further 11 people in India where the company’s previous owner, Larsen & Toubro, is based. The acquisition will significantly expand the ship automation division of the MTU product and solution brand of Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems business.

“Servowatch’s modern and sophisticated range of automation and integrated bridge systems for government and commercial ships and large yachts is the ideal complement to continue to offer sophisticated total system solutions for marine propulsion systems and the entire ship automation sector,” said Andreas Schell, chief executive of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Servowatch automation systems monitor and control the operation of numerous large ships, for example large yachts and government vessels – not only the propulsion system, but also functions such as heating, ventilation and power supply.

The new subsidiary’s open automation systems will be fully integrated into MTU’s product range. “With our Bluevision and Callosum systems, we have positioned ourselves excellently in the market for ship automation over the past two and a half decades,” said Knut Müller, vice president of the marine and governmental division of Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems business unit.

The deal was signed on 1 December and commercial terms have not been disclosed.

By Rebecca Strong

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