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Scots contractor RSE takes a majority stake in Saftronics

16 May, 2019

The Scottish engineering and manufacturing contractor RSE (known until April this year as Ross-shire Engineering) has acquired a majority shareholding in the Leeds-based controls and switchboard manufacturer, Saftronics. The acquisition marks a further expansion for RSE as it develops its offering as a mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, controls and automation contractor serving municipal and utilitiy customers across the UK. The financial terms of the deal have not been revealed.

Saftronics, formed in 1979,  specialises in motor control centres, process control systems and low-voltage switchboards for a wide range of industrial customers. It employs 110 people and operates from a purpose-built 2,400m² design, manufacturing and testing facility in Leeds.

The deal will see RSE taking a majority equity share in Saftronics, while retaining the skills of its existing management team.

“We are thrilled to become part of the RSE group,” says Saftronics’ managing director, Mark Godfrey. “Having worked very closely with RSE for many years, the integration represents a truly great fit for Saftronics and will enable both RSE and ourselves to provide a much more enhanced offering to our customers than ever before.”

“We are delighted to welcome Saftronics into the RSE group of businesses,” adds RSE managing director, Allan Dallas. “We have worked extensively with the company and staff over a number of years and they will complement our services and growth strategy. Their focus on quality and innovation are a natural fit to what RSE are about as a company.”

Saftronics builds motor control centres, LV switchboards and control panels at its purpose-built facility in Leeds

With more than three decades of experience, RSE offers services from project inception and 3D design, through to fabrication, installation and commissioning, as well as client training and subsequent operational and maintenance support. One of its specialities is designing and manufacturing modular water treatment plants.

RSE, based in Muir of Ord, is a subsidiary of Envoy & Partners which offers mechanical, electrical, controls and automation services to the UK's oil and gas, power and utility sectors.  It employs 760 people working in manufacturing facilities in Scotland and England.

Since 2005, Envoy has become one of the UK’s fastest-growing industrial service groups, making 60 acquisitions in a 12-year period. Earlier this year, there was a management buy-out at Envoy, whose 11 operating companies include Prime Pumps, Maris Subsea, Langfields and Vertech Group, as well as RSE. 

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