RSS Infrastructure, a leading supplier of infrastructure services, has successfully brokered a deal to acquire one of the UK’s largest welding specialists, Carillion Welding, saving 63 jobs in 4 locations across the UK.
Following the collapse of Carillion PLC, the UK and infrastructure sectors are undergoing a period of significant change that is rapidly redrawing the competitive landscape. Through a series of acquisitions, including RSS Infrastructure (RSSI) back in 2012, Carillion Welding and the creation of INFRA Skills, Auctus Management Group (AMG) has successfully capitalised on the changing market dynamics through a series of strategic moves that has seen the company expand its catalogue of services to include; NSAR (Rail Specific), Health and Safety and Construction courses, Welding services, Overhead Line Electrification, Vegetation Management, Road Rail Access Points and Level Crossings, Civils/Construction solutions, Safety Critical Resource Services, Magnetic Safety Barrier Fencing, Magnetic Points Boards, Signalling Services as well as being the UK’s sole provider of Track Warning Systems.
Richard Toy, CEO of Auctus Management Group, commented: “This acquisition forms part of our strategic development to expand our range of services and specialisms within the rail and infrastructure sectors, and the ability to provide a specialist welding capability further enhances the strong reputation we have for the provision of niche services.
The combination of RSSI, INFRA Skills and Carillion Welding will create a new industry leader that blends together the Groups industry wide recognition for being at the forefront of technological innovations as well as developing bespoke solutions for clients that deliver increased levels of safety and productivity with Carillion Welding who is well-known for providing a high quality, reliable and professional welding service. The company is highly regarded throughout Network Rail, High Output and rail principal contractors, and we will be working with Karl Dean, Head of Welding, to integrate the teams under the RSS Infrastructure banner. The deal will also mean that all pre-existing framework contracts will be taken over and will form part of our business growth strategy as we move into Control Period 6.”
Karl Dean, Head of Welding, commented that: “Becoming part of RSS Infrastructure gives us a fantastic opportunity to increase our capabilities and connect our customers with innovative solutions that can improve business processes and reduce accident/incidents. Together we will be better positioned to focus on our mission to provide clients with an extensive range of welding services whilst delivering great customer service. Furthermore, this agreement will ensure support continuity for our client base and meet all their infrastructure requirements as we move into Control Period 6.
Employees will also benefit from comparative contracts to what they had in place at Carillion along with opportunities to expand their skillsets through training, apprenticeships and staff development courses. The success of the Group, and its subsidiary businesses within the market over the last 6 years, meant that this merger was our preferred route and the success of this agreement offers our supply chain immediate value as it means that all contracts will be secured.”