Tech firm swoops for water leak detection specialist

Sheffield-headquartered Servelec Technologies has completed the acquisition of Primayer, a global leader in water network leak detection and location.

Servelec Technologies, which expects to report an annual turnover of £18m in its latest results, is a subsidiary of Laurel Solutions that provides remote telemetry units, secure SCADA systems and business optimisation software.

The two businesses will be combined under the leadership of David Frost, MD of Servelec Technologies.

Hampshire-based Primayer develops and manufactures intelligent technologies for the effective monitoring of water networks and for reducing the loss of potable water.

With over 20 years of experience and distributors in over 45 countries worldwide, Primayer is committed globally to supplying quality products for water utilities, consultants and contractors.

David Frost, MD of Servelec Technologies, said: “The Servelec management team and Laurel Solutions are firmly committed to continued investment in Primayer’s people and solutions so that together we may grow and develop our combined range of complimentary products and software services for all our customers in markets around the world.”

Martin Carter, CEO of Laurel Solutions, added: “This investment in Primayer further builds out our leading portfolio in remote asset monitoring and control. We were excited to partner with Servelec Technologies’ highly talented management team, and this acquisition will bring innovative products that will enhance Servelec’s already outstanding offering.

Roger Ironmonger, Primayer MD who is retiring but will stay associated with the business during the transition period as a special advisor, added: “The opportunity of a merger with Servelec Technologies was assessed as being an ideal fit for our complementary products, and an opportunity not to be missed for Primayer to become part of a larger solutions-based organization.

“The combination puts Primayer in a stronger position to invest in technology for solving the world’s urgent water network supply and water loss reduction challenges and will enable us to better develop a strong, global market position.

“We are excited for our valued staff to work with the talented Servelec team, who share our commitment to bringing to market innovative solutions which will drive substantial global growth.”

RSM’s M&A and Private equity team advised the shareholders of Primayer.