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Wescom Group make acquisition of Marine Rescue Technologies

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World-leading emergency distress signal manufacturer Wescom Group has expanded its presence in the marine survival market with an exciting acquisition. UK-based personal locator beacon manufacturer Marine Rescue Technologies (MRT) has become part of Wescom Group from 2nd of November 2022, further enhancing the groups’ profile as a primary source of marine distress and safety signalling.

Reinforcing Wescom Group’s vision to grow its portfolio of marine survival solutions, the acquisition of MRT enables the business to provide both pyrotechnic and electronics signalling products for both customers and partners. With SOLAS mandated signalling pyrotechnics working alongside this complementary distress technology, the capability for survivor detection and recovery will be significantly enhanced.

“We are delighted to have welcomed MRT to the Wescom Group,” Wescom Group Chief Executive Officer, Ross Wilkinson commented, “this acquisition accomplishes a significant step forward in expanding our survival solution product portfolio. Like Wescom, MRT has a rich history within the marine safety sector, and we are excited to work with the management team in growing the business”. 

“Thanks to our shared culture,” Ryan Petit, CEO of MRT said, “combined production knowledge and primary focus on life saving, this is an incredible opportunity to accelerate the company’s growth into new markets”.    

The Wescom Group will reach an impressive milestone in 2023, celebrating 150 years of expertise in the manufacture and distribution of survival pyrotechnics. Having spearheaded the development of pyrotechnic distress signalling across the marine sector with their Pains Wessex and Comet brands, Wescom is globally recognised for supplying the very best in quality, performance, reliability and safety. As a world-leading manufacturer of personal locator beacons and marine safety equipment, the introduction of MRT is a notable addition to Wescom Group.

The team will be exhibiting at METs 2022 on stand 03.222, demonstrating its full range of pyrotechnics and beacon solutions, including the preview of the sMRT Shield 406 & AIS PLB.