Rolls-Royce has acquired Servowatch Systems, a UK-based supplier of integrated automation systems for navies, commercial ships and large yachts. The terms of the deal, signed at the beginning of December by Rolls-Royce and Mumbai-based Larsen & Toubro, previous owner of Servowatch, have not been revealed.
The acquisition will significantly strengthen and expand the ship automation division of MTU, a German engine maker and a division of Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems business. Servowatch’s open automation systems will now be fully integrated into MTU’s product range.
Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, commented: “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.”
Knut Müller, vice president of the Marine and Governmental Division of Rolls-Royce Marine Systems, added: “We are the only engine manufacturer in the world that can also supply the electronic platform for monitoring and controlling the entire ship. With Servowatch, we will continue to expand this position and modernise our product portfolio.” Servowatch, based in Essex, UK, has system installations operating on numerous large ships including government vessels and large yachts. The company employs 35 people in its UK operation and has a further eleve n personnel based in India.