Marlink and Telemar to join forces to create the world’s leading maritime communications, digital solutions and servicing group
Apax Partners has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Telemar Group from its current shareholders, the company said in its press release.
The combined activities of Telemar and Marlink will create the world’s leading maritime communication, digital solutions and servicing specialist for all customer segments at sea including: Shipping, Offshore, Cruise & Ferry, Yachting and Fishing. Marlink and Telemar customers will benefit from an unmatched integrated servicing offering, covering all existing maritime technologies. The newly combined group will generate US $450 Million in revenues with more than 800 employees worldwide serving at least 1 in 3 vessels operating globally.
The new group will be positioned to deliver unrivalled service excellence and support for maritime customers through an enhanced global footprint consisting of first-party development, sales and service locations. With a worldwide 24/7 helpdesk, specialised competence centers, local presence on all continents and a network of 1000 service points staffed by highly qualified, certified service engineers, the group will support the global maritime business to operate smarter and safer.
Earlier this year, Apax Partners completed the acquisition of Marlink, transforming it into a provider of tailored communications solutions that enable both maritime and enterprise customers to digitalize their own operations at sea and on land. The technology expertise and service delivery commitment of Marlink and Telemar, combined with established and strong satellite network operator and bridge electronics manufacturer relationships, enables the group to bring the power of broadband communication, maritime technology and service excellence to customers globally, to further optimize vessel operations and enable the digital vessel of tomorrow.
The final closing of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to take place within the next few months.
The Telemar Group has been operating in the in the telecommunications and navigations systems industry for about 70 years. Telemar is directly present through 30 workshops and 13 group companies in 12 main markets worldwide. Telemar is a leading group in its markets: Maritime Ship Owners - Managers, Yachting & Mega Yachting, as well as Enterprise customers. The Telemar integrated model covers globally: design, purchase, commissioning, maintenance and repairs of communication and navigation equipment, satellite communications and digital solutions.
Telemar is worldwide leader of nav&com maintenance contracts, serving about 3,000 ships and manages 10,000+ services on-board worldwide per year for marine electronics and solutions. Telemar is enabling Maritime companies’ remote operations for the digital future, through innovative applications and solutions that improve efficiency and safety of vessels’ operations and enhance the productivity and well-being of crews. Telemar is also one of the world’s major independent providers of Inmarsat and other satellite multi-band networks.
Marlink is the pioneer of business critical communication solutions for customers operating in remote environments. With 600 employees and 27 offices worldwide, the company is the largest technology-independent satellite communication and digital solutions provider serving the maritime and enterprise markets. Marlink’s multi-band communication services covering Ku, Ka, C and L-band extended with mobile and terrestrial links, enable over 200,000 customers to operate in an ever smarter, safer and more profitable way.
With over 75 years' experience in developing innovative business critical communication solutions, Marlink’s strategy is to deliver the benefits of a digital and connected world to its customers’ remote operations. Today Marlink is the leading maritime communication and VSAT operator in the world. Marlink leverages strong partnerships with all major satellite network operators to deliver communication solutions direct to the customer and via an unrivalled network of service provider partners.