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ABB to acquire Amarcon

ABB has agreed to acquire Amarcon BV, a Dutch company providing software systems for the shipping industry.

The acquisition will expand ABB’s advisory systems offering for customers in the maritime sector, and is expected to be closed in the third quarter of 2012 when Amarcon will join ABB’s Process Automation Division.

Based in Dalfsen, The Netherlands, Amarcon employs 15 people, and has a product portfolio including software solutions for ships that focus on safety and improved operational ability.

ABB says that this addition to its portfolio will add to its recently released offering of Marine Advisory Systems.

“Amarcon’s Octopus product, its know-how of ship hydrodynamics and ship modelling capabilities are a complementary and strategic fit for our existing software portfolio,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s process automation division.

“With a strong software background, this acquisition will provide ABB with additional access to fast growing energy optimisation markets.”

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