Evac Group is the world’s leading provider of integrated waste, wastewater, and water management systems for the marine, offshore, and building industries. It has executed over 20,000 successful marine projects worldwide, as well as 2,000 offshore projects and 2,000 building projects. The Group’s recent acquisition of Swedish dry and wet waste management company Uson Marine will increase their market share in this sector, while providing their customers with a greatly improved sales and service network and an even wider offering.
Uson Marine was established in 1983 and has primarily served maritime and offshore industry customers with waste management systems, including food waste systems. They are well-known and trusted players in the industry with excellent customer relationships, especially within the merchant, passenger, navy, special vessel, offshore vessel, and rig segments. Claes Rudling, CEO of Uson Marine, is quick to point out the benefits of the company’s solutions and how well they mesh with Evac’s offering: “Uson Marine offers compact units for food and galley waste collection and treatment, as well as different equipment for treating dry solid waste. These systems complement Evac’s existing offering and are an excellent strategic fit,” he explains.
Evac is growing fast – in 2015 the company turnover grew 37% – and this acquisition also supports future growth. Tomi Gardemeister, President and CEO of Evac Group, sees good news for customers in this development. “Evac Group’s turnover was 98 million euros in 2015, while Uson Marine’s was 6.6 million euros (64 million SEK),” he points out. “After the acquisition, Evac Group’s turnover will be over 110 million euros. This rapid growth and record high order book is great news for our company and will also bring many benefits for our customers.”
These benefits include an enlarged global service network that will now comprise the offices and representatives of both companies. As of the acquisition Evac Group has offices in Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, Norway, Sweden, and the USA, and personnel and representatives in more than 40 countries. This network will provide more local service options including current status system analyses, process and system design, system installation, training, and support. The offered original equipment manufacturer spare parts are also now better available than ever before.
Evac’s product offering will be improved and expanded by the acquisition, with an increased number of compact solutions for small and medium-sized vessels. Uson Marine also brings Evac Group some unique solutions based on new technologies, such as refrigerated and electromechanical compactors and refrigerated storage, central vacuum cleaning systems, and advanced software that shows whether a vessel is located in an area where waste disposal is not allowed.
The Evac Complete Cleantech Solution covers all marine and offshore cleantech requirements. The need for this sort of solution, which supports the sustainable and environmentally friendly operations of offshore, marine, and river vessel operators, is currently increasing due to tighter legislation and increased public awareness. The acquisition will help meet the increased demand for cleantech by bringing in Uson Marine’s resources and knowledge – again, helping to serve all customers better. “Dry and wet waste management systems help customers to minimize the costs and labor requirements of waste handling onboard their rig or vessel by collecting, sorting, compacting, and storing waste,” explains Rudling. “This helps customers comply with relevant rules and regulations, and minimize the environmental impact of their operations.”
Demand is not limited to new-build vessels either, updated equipment is also needed for retrofits on existing vessels. Uson Marine has extensive experience in dry and food waste retrofit projects for cargo and merchant vessels, which supports and complements the expertise already present within Evac Group.
The acquisition certainly seems to herald many benefits for both the companies involved and their customers. As Gardemeister rightly concludes, “when it comes to offering the best service and products for our customers, together we are stronger than ever.”
“After the acquisition, Evac Group’s turnover will be over 110 million euros.
This rapid growth and record high order book is great news for our company
and will also bring many benefits for our customers,”
Tomi Gardemeister, President and CEO of Evac Group