Spirax Sarco buys Skelmersdale-based energy consultancy for £13 million

Spirax Sarco

Spirax‐Sarco Engineering plc, the Cheltenham-headquartered multi‐national thermal energy management andpumping specialist, has bought Cotopaxi Limited, a digitally enabled, global energy consulting and optimisation specialist, from Business Intelligence of Oriental Nations Corporation Ltd, for£13.3 million.

Cotopaxi, which comprises a team of 38 energy engineers and software specialists, was established in 2009 by its current Managing Director. From its UK base in Skelmersdale, it provides its global customer base with consulting, digital connectivity and monitoring of energy intensive processes, including steam.

Cotopaxi’s proprietary and customised software platform generates critical insights, which are used to help its industrial customers to reduce waste and drive efficiencies in their operations through more effective management of energy use. In the year ended 31s t December 2020, Cotopaxi reported revenues of £2.2 million. Pre‐pandemic revenues were £4.8 million.

Cotopaxi will be integrated within the Group’s Steam Specialties business, comprising the leading product brands of Spirax Sarco and Gestra, which is focused on providing innovative, efficient and sustainable solutions for industrial steam customers. Cotopaxi’s digital solutions experience in steam installations will accelerate Steam Specialties’ objective to connect to its customers’ steam systems and analyse their data.

Nicholas Anderson, Group Chief Executive of Spirax‐Sarco Engineering said: “We are delighted to welcome the Cotopaxi team into our Group. The important role of digital technologies, which provide remote, real‐time monitoring and data‐driven insights has never been clearer than during the pandemic. The business is an excellent strategic fit for us, as we are both focused on improving the efficiency and sustainability of industrial steam use. The software, platforms and experience they bring, together with the insights derived from over a decade of data analysis, will be a key accelerator for the digitally enabled customer solutions we offer in our Steam Specialties business.

“Our immediate focus is on accelerating and improving our solutions for steam customers. The Cotopaxi team will also work closely with our digital transformation teams, to continue to develop and embed digital enablement and support customers in other parts of our Group.”