Pocasset, MA – Hydroid, Inc. a manufacturer of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), announced today the company’s acquisition by Kongsberg Maritime. The sale was announced in December 2007 pending U.S. Government approvals.
Kongsberg Gruppen is headquartered in Kongsberg, Norway and is a technology group with over 4,400 employees in 25 countries. The company has two divisions, Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace, and Kongsberg Maritime of which Hydroid will join. Kongsberg Gruppen reported revenues of approximately $1.6 billion in 2007 and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and traded under the ticker
“The acquisition of Hydroid is within Kongsberg Maritime strategy to expand in the rapidly growing market for AUV-based operations through a broader portfolio of products, wider presence in the market and focused R&D efforts,” stated Rolf Arne Klepaker, Kongsberg Maritime Subsea Executive Vice President.
Hydroid was established in 2001 to manufacture, support and further develop the REMUS Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) technology, originally developed, and licensed from, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Located in Pocasset, Massachusetts, Hydroid offers a range of REMUS vehicles, including systems rated for 6,000 meter operations, and has delivered over 150 systems in the past seven years.
All the HUGIN vehicles and the REMUS vehicles can be customized for many applications which include: hydrographic surveys, mine counter measure operations, harbor security operations, environmental monitoring, debris field mapping, marine geological survey, inspection of underwater engineering structures and pipelines, search and salvage operations, fishery operations, and scientific sampling and
In a separate press release issued by Axia Advisors, the Burlington MA based firm announced its advisory role in connection with the $80 million sale to Kongsberg Maritime.
Chris von Alt, President and CEO of Hydroid, LLC, stated, “As a Kongsberg company, Hydroid will continue to improve the products and services we offer, so they will be of greater value to our customers. This strategic fit is very important to our shareholders, and we are grateful to Axia Advisors for their contributions to this remarkably successful outcome.”