Engineering group enhances its client offering in swoop for Stoke firm

Ian Oliver

Warrington-based BGEN, a specialist, multi-discipline engineering solutions business, has acquired Stoke firm, Radway Control Systems, for an undisclosed sum, to strengthen its industrial automation offering.

The deal, which includes the trading and certain assets of the company, will support BGEN’s growth ambitions in sectors including renewables and steel, and increase its presence in the automation aftermarket/service arena.

Robin Whitehead, chief executive at BGEN, said: “When we rebranded to BGEN we stated we wanted to be recognised as an independent market leader in the provision of world class multi-disciplinary engineering solutions for UK and international customers.

“Strategic acquisitions were part of realising that vision, and the addition of Radway Control Systems provides excellent synergies with our existing technology team and exciting growth opportunities.”

Radway Control Systems specialises in the design and implementation of automation, control and information systems for a wide range of industries including automotive, chemicals, metals, renewables and water.

As part of the acquisition, around 30 staff, including the senior management team, will join BGEN Technology, and Radway Control Systems’ headquarters in Stoke will become part of BGEN’s network of UK regional offices.

The transition of the company into BGEN’s operations will be overseen by Ian Oliver, managing director-technology at BGEN, and is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2023.

Mr Oliver said: “The acquisition of the business supports our growth ambitions and it’s great that the senior management team – Jon Taylor and Andrew Stainsby – have joined BGEN Technology.

“Radway Control Systems has some great experience in the industrial automation and digitalisation space, and we’re looking forward to integrating the team into our operations.”