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Highland firm Ross-shire Engineering (RSE) based in Muir of Ord adds to portfolio with acquisition of Leeds company Technical Control Systems (TCS)


By Gregor White

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TCS's Jonathan Somers (left) and with RSE managing director Allan Dallas.
TCS's Jonathan Somers (left) and with RSE managing director Allan Dallas.

The company says its purchase of a majority share in Technical Control Systems (TCS) will provide additional manufacturing capacity and technical skills.

Ross-shire Engineering (RSE), based at Muir of Ord Industrial Estate, has forged links across the UK in recent years as part of an expansion in the water treatment technology sector.

It has now completed the acquisition of Leeds company Technical Control Systems (TCS).

TCS is one of the UK’s largest independent designers and manufacturers of low voltage switchgear, motor control centres, relay protection panels and control panels.The acquisition includes the continuation of the company’s successful joint venture, TAP (Total Automation and Power), which provides systems integration to customers such as Thames Water, Yorkshire Water and Southern Water.

The deal will see RSE take up a majority share in the business while retaining the key skills of the TCS/TAP team.

Managing director Allan Dallas said: “The acquisition adds an additional 52 skilled resources and 3400 square metres of manufacturing capacity to our group, taking us over 1000 employees in the UK.

"We were attracted to TCS by their reputation in the English water market, the electrical supply industry and the service benefits we could bring our customers with a more integrated approach.

“Demand for our innovative water treatment technologies has also promoted the need for additional manufacturing capacity and technical skills.

"The acquisition makes RSE one of the largest single providers of automation and control systems in the UK water industry.”

TCS managing director Jonathan Somers welcomed the acquisition as a boost for TCS’s own ambitions to grow the business further.

“The business has been under family and management ownership for 52 years and has a strong track record in the UK water and other sectors," he said.

"We are hopeful that as part of the RSE family we will create new opportunities for our staff and enhance our current offering to the market."


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