Wartsila has acquired Navelec SAS, a French company specializing in marine navigation and communication systems, electrical marine services, and control and automation services. Navelec's main office is located in Le Havre, in France, with branch offices in St. Nazaire and Brest.
Navelec enjoys a valuable reputation among its key customers and has a broad knowledge of various vessel types, including fly boats, ferries, carriers, tugs and cruise ships. Navelec also has promising growth opportunities within the yacht segment.
"Through this acquisition, Wartsila is able to broaden its service offering and technological knowledge in the areas of navigation and communication. It also strengthens Wartsila's position as the leading service provider within electrical marine and automation services. Furthermore, the acquisition gives us a strong foothold in one of France's largest ports, Le Havre, and the nearby region. Together, Wartsila and Navelec can look forward to attractive growth opportunities as a total service provider for the marine segment," says Tage Blomberg, Group Vice President, Wartsila Services.
Navelec's annual net sales were 7 million euros in 2007. The company employs 45 people, of which 26 are field service personnel. Navelec's businesses will be integrated into Wartsila Services' business in France. All employees will continue as Wartsila employees. Wartsila acquired Navelec from Societe financiere pour l'industrie et l'agriculture (Sofia). The value of the deal is not published.
During the past months Wartsila Corporation has, through acquisitions, strengthened its existing services offering and expanded geographically. The company has also been able to enter new service categories. In addition to Navelec, Wartsila has this year acquired Maritime Service and Vik-Sandvik of Norway, International Combustion Engineering of Denmark, and Claus D. Christophel Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH of Germany. These acquisitions support the strategy of Wartsila to strengthen its position as a total solutions provider and to be the most valued partner for its customers.