UK: Unipart has acquired 100% of the share capital of Comms Design Ltd, saying the Harrogate-based company which designs and manufactures electronic products for the rail industry ‘perfectly complements’ its product and service portfolio, and the acquisition would enable both businesses to access new markets and expand product ranges in the UK and overseas.
Comms Design products include RETB signalling equipment, embedded software and precision engineered enclosures, and it provides product design, user support and training services. Paul Clark will remain as Managing Director, reporting to David McGorman, Managing Director, Technology Companies at Unipart Technology Group.
The deal ‘is another important step in continuing Unipart’s digital transformation’, said Unipart Chairman & Group Chief Executive John Neill on November 4. ’Unipart has a strong track record of developing small, entrepreneurial companies by providing the help and support to enable them to grow without the constraining corporate procedures of many large organisations that can be seen as stifling, particularly to digital companies.
‘The acquisition of Comms Design Ltd provides us with impressive technical skills, products and services for the rail industry which complement our Unipart Rail offering from our other businesses such as Park Signalling and Instrumentel. We expect Comms Design Ltd to play a strong role in meeting the needs of current and future customers as an increasing number of companies accelerate their plans to implement digital products.’