Transport firm in gear for growth with latest acquisition

Birmingham’s Marston Holdings has acquired Vortex IoT, a supplier of environmental sensors, networks and data solutions that support improved air quality and decarbonisation initiatives.

Marston supports Government, utilities and private sector clients with its integrated technology-enabled solutions. Its clients include local authorities seeking to build environmental schemes that reduce congestion and pollution.

With the acquisition of Vortex, Marston will strengthen its offering by delivering complementary air quality and acoustic monitoring solutions that maximise awareness, identify pollution hotspots and improve public health.

The acquisition of Vortex follows the 2019 acquisitions of Videalert, a supplier of intelligent traffic management solutions; ParkTrade, a Swedish-based European tolling payments and collections business; and LogicValley, an Indian-based AI-focused developer.

Steve Callaghan, chair of Marston Holdings, said: “Marston Holdings has been on a journey of enhancing technological capability and I’m delighted that Vortex IoT’s innovative solutions now form part of our end-to-end offering delivering cleaner, greener streets.

“We have a long track record of successfully working in partnership with the public sector, and this acquisition reflects client feedback seeking innovative, technology-enabled solutions,” added Mark Hoskin, Chief Commercial Officer at Marston Holdings.  “COP26 demonstrated public support for driving the transition to a zero-carbon economy, and we are pleased to further enhance our ability to support our clients and their residents through cleaner, healthier and more people-friendly communities.”

Adrian Sutton, CEO of Vortex IoT, said:  “Joining Marston Holdings accelerates Vortex IoT’s ability to deliver social value and environmental change for clients, and we are delighted to collectively build on the existing relationships we have established as trusted partners to our clients.”

Marston Holdings employs more than 6,000 staff and contractors across the UK, Europe and India. Clients include Highways England, Transport for London and 280 local authorities.

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