Panasonic acquires UK technology systems integrator Alan Dick Communications

Panasonic Europe has announced the acquisition of Alan Dick Communications, a leading UK technology integration specialist providing end-to-end telecoms-based services to the transportation and mobile telecoms sectors.

Panasonic acquires AD Comms

The acquisition of Alan Dick Communications (which will trade under ADComms), which includes ADComms’ companies IPS, AIB, and Rail Order, provides Panasonic with an opportunity to expand into the rapidly-growing rail market, incorporating mainline rail, London Underground and other light metro infrastructure in the UK.

The acquisition is part of Panasonic’s wider approach to provide turnkey solutions to its customers that include connectivity, hardware and software alongside engineering services. It also reflects Panasonic’s continued commitment to the ‘Digitisation of Transport’. As part of the acquisition, ADComms will join the System Solutions division within Panasonic Business, to develop world class solutions for larger customers, providing a single point of contact and improved accountability.

This is great news for the stakeholders of ADComms. Panasonic shares our excitement for the opportunities that exist for ADComms and our vision of the business, and has a first-rate track record of delivering solutions to the most demanding customers; hence I have no doubt this provides an excellent platform for the next stage of the company’s growth.

Tony Greaves, CEO and founder of Core, on the sale to Panasonic

We are committed to being a strategic partner for companies seeking end to end business solutions in key vertical markets. We already provide a range of technologies and services specific to the aviation and automotive industries; rail is our next strategic key vertical. Following our review of the UK market it became clear that the ADComms business and its management team have developed a fantastic reputation within the sector, with quality delivery and solid engineering innovation. Our position will be significantly strengthened with the transport infrastructure experience brought to the table by ADComms.

Tony O’Brien, Managing Director of the System Solutions division within Panasonic

In July 2015, Panasonic teamed up with ADComms to provide a trackside trespass warning system for the UK railway network, using a combination of Panasonic security cameras and analytics software to alert the operator to people leaving the platform.

By joining forces both parties look forward to providing innovative solutions to support digitisation within the transportation industry.

ADComms will continue to operate as a stand-alone business, with its own brand and with the current management team continuing to lead the business.