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Wood Group buys ATG to expand into manufacturing

22 September, 2015

The oil, gas and power generation services company Wood Group has acquired Automated Technology Group (ATG), one of the UK’s largest independent suppliers of control and power systems for industrial automation. Financial details of the transaction have not been revealed.

ATG will join Wood Group Mustang’s Automation and Control business, allowing it to enter the manufacturing automation market, and complementing its existing capabilities in process automation.

“ATG provides many opportunities for Wood Group Mustang, including growing our automation business to include manufacturing and expanding into the food and beverage and airport markets,” says Wood Group Mustang’s CEO, Michele McNichol. “With a culture focused on people and innovation, ATG is the right fit for Wood Group Mustang.”

ATG was created in 2012 when Autotech Controls (which was founded in 1996) bought Igranic Control Systems and PSJ Fabrications and combined the businesses. It is headquartered in Silsoe, Bedfordshire, and operates mainly in the UK automotive, food and beverage and airport sectors. It employs about 250 people and in the year to March 2015, generated sales worth around £36m.

The group, which also has sites in Birmingham, Stafford and Bedford, designs, delivers and supports production lines, supply chains and services. Its customers include BAE Systems, Bentley, BMW, British Sugar, Cadbury, Chivas Brothers, Coca-Cola, DHL, Ford, Hanson Cement, Heathrow Airport, Jaguar Land Rover, Lafarge, Rolls Royce, Scottish Power, SSE, Tata Steel, Total and Thames Water. 

ATG's activities include building panels for automation projects

ATG’s founder and CEO, Andy Robinson, will continue to lead the existing management team. “Wood Group Mustang’s global resources and diversified project experience will enable ATG to undertake larger projects and access key growth opportunities outside the UK, building upon our custom solutions for our clients,” he says. “This will benefit ATG both as a systems integrator for automation projects (our Autotech brand) and as a supplier of low- and medium-voltage electrical switchgear and motor controls centres (our Igranic brand).”

Wood Group operates in more than 50 countries and generates global sales worth more than $7bn. It has headquarters in Aberdeen and Houston, and consists of three businesses – Wood Group PSN, Wood Group Kenny and Wood Group Mustang – that provide engineering, production support and maintenance management services to the oil and gas and power generation industries.

Wood Group Mustang, with headquarters in Houston, offers project management, construction management, engineering and procurement services to the offshore, onshore, oil sands, pipeline, refining, chemicals, industrial and automation sectors.

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