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KONGSBERG COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF ROLLS-ROYCE COMMERCIAL MARINE BUSINESS

Monday, April 1, 2019 

Rolls-Royce has confirmed that completion of the sale of its Commercial Marine business (RRCM) to the Norwegian Kongsberg group officially took place on 1 April.

The completion of the transaction, which was announced on 6 July 2018, follows recent clearance from the relevant regulatory authorities. As announced on 17 January 2018, the naval marine gas turbine and USA based propeller operations of the former Rolls-Royce Marine business unit have already been consolidated within RR’s Defence business.

Through the Bergen Engines operation of Rolls-Royce Power Systems business and under the Rolls-Royce brand name, Rolls-Royce says it remains an important developer and manufacturer of diesel and gas medium-speed engines for a variety of markets including commercial marine and power generation. Kongsberg will, through a trading arrangement, continue to have access to Bergen Engines product.

Separately through the Power Systems business, Rolls-Royce remains a provider of high-speed engines for the commercial marine market, under the MTU brand name.

Now part of Kongsberg Maritime, the former RRCM will operate under the Kongsberg brand and the Kongsberg Maritime legal entity. With the unification of Kongsberg Maritime and RRCM, Kongsberg is represented in 40 countries, has more than 11,000 employees and an annual turnover of more than NOK 22 billion. A fleet of more than 30,000 vessels depends on the organisation’s combined expertise.

“I have looked forward to this day for a long time. Together we are now well positioned in the market and our ambition is to lead the development of the future maritime industry globally in close cooperation with customers and partners. We shall be the ocean space expert. We have spent a long-time planning and preparing, now the work of ensuring a successful integration begins,” said Geir Håøy, CEO of Kongsberg.

With RRCM, Kongsberg Maritime expands its global presence and customer proximity, empowering more sustainable, safe and secure marine operations for all vessel types through cutting-edge operational technology including automation, navigation and control systems. RRCM’s expertise also strengthens Kongsberg’s leadership in maritime digitalisation, ship intelligence and enabling technologies for autonomous vessels.

“Our goal is to further develop our track record of innovation and dedication in helping our customers meet the evolving challenges of the maritime industry, be it through cutting-edge autonomy and digital solutions or highly reliable power and propulsion systems,” said Bård Bjørløw, EVP Global Sales and Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime. “As we continue to create new future-proof answers to today’s challenges, we’re confident that the integration possibilities of the next generation of The Full Picture will unlock new efficiencies and contribute to sustainability.”

“I am looking forward to welcoming 3,600 highly skilled new colleagues. Together we will work for a fast and smooth integration of people, cultures, products, solutions and innovative work. Through world-class technology, customer focus, the power to innovate and the willingness to change, we will deliver the results we have promised,” added EVP of Kongsberg Maritime, Egil Haugsdal.

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