Rockwell Automation announced on 1 February 2007 that it has acquired ProsCon Holdings Ltd, a privately held engineering firm offering 'proven and technically unique design solutions' to the process industry. Areas of expertise include process technology, control systems and information technology. ProsCon also provides modular systems as an innovative and cost-effective approach, delivering faster implementation of new facilities as well as retrofits for existing plants. This modular approach helps customers reduce their time to market for new products.
Headquartered in Cork, Ireland, with an office in Dublin, ProsCon primarily serves major customers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology markets. It has a strong reputation for helping companies comply with regulatory standards and manage their business risk. ProsCon's management team and its employees will join Rockwell Automation and continue to serve their customers locally and around the world.
Bob Honor, Vice President, Life Sciences, Rockwell Automation, commented: "This acquisition is a vital step in increasing our global solutions delivery capability to life sciences and process automation customers in Ireland and the rest of the world. The ProsCon team's expertise gives us critical mass and increased presence in Ireland, one of the fastest growing life sciences markets, as well as in Europe, one of the largest life science markets in the world".
ProsCon Managing Director, Niall Foley, said: "The acquisition will strongly enhance ProsCon's ability to deliver innovative design solutions and technology to customers. By combining ProsCon's process industry knowledge with the technical expertise, broad product portfolio, distribution channels, and financial resources of Rockwell Automation, we will strengthen our ability to serve customers."
Terry Gebert, Vice President and General Manager of Manufacturing and Process Solutions, Rockwell Automation, added: "This acquisition, along with other recent acquisitions of Propack Data, Datasweep and Caribbean Integration Engineers, extends Rockwell Automation's solid foundation and strong domain expertise for global process and information solutions in the life sciences industry, including the rapidly accelerating biotechnology field. ProsCon further increases our broad range of process solutions from completely integrated turnkey projects to standalone control systems and now with special capabilities in modular design/fast track implementation."