Mackay Communications enhances Global Presence – acquires CMC Electronics’ Marine Business & Regional Service Expansion

Paper boats in different colors2015 has been a year of growth for Mackay Communications, a turnkey provider of communications and maritime electronic solutions and global service.

Mackay says its acquisition of Canadian CMC Electronics’ marine business, coupled with adding service stations in Asia and the US Gulf, is consistent with its goal to provide seamless 24/7 marine service globally and establish offices at major ports throughout a region.

On 30th October, Mackay Communications acquired CMC Electronics’ commercial marine business from Canadian parent, Esterline, a supplier of aviation systems. Esterline divested its marine sector to concentrate efforts on its core aviation business. CMC Electronics’ maritime brand traces its roots to the Canadian Marconi Company (CMC); originally the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of Canada (circa1903).

A new regional division, Mackay Marine Canada, will blend Mackay’s Vancouver office and CMC Electronics’ marine locations; resulting in five Mackay offices in Vancouver (British Columbia), Quebec City (Quebec), Halifax and Yarmouth (Nova Scotia), and St. John’s (Newfoundland). Mackay Marine Canada will continue to represent leading brands Canadian customers are familiar with, strengthened by Mackay’s worldwide network and extensive portfolio.

Robert Barkley, former General Manager of CMC Electronics’ marine segment, and newly appointed President of Mackay Marine Canada, said: “CMC’s marine business has achieved an excellent reputation as Canada’s largest and most successful marine electronics supplier and service provider. The acquisition by Mackay Communications will allow our commercial marine business to capitalize on its accomplishments and growth potential under the ownership of a marine-oriented company. By joining forces with Mackay, a premier supplier of marine electronics and world-class service, with 125 years of experience, the new Mackay Marine Canada team will prosper and realise even greater success.”

Jeff Schlacks, President of Mackay Communications, said: “Mackay is delighted and honoured to attract the talented and dedicated employees of CMC Electronics’ commercial marine group to our company, along with the enthusiastic support of their excellent customer base, and complimentary vendors. Joining our two operations will bode well for all stakeholders.”

In parallel, to better serve its global customers, Mackay opened four locations in 2015 including Gulf Coast Mackay Marine Mobile (AL), and Mackay Marine Qingdao, Hong Kong, and Malaysia service stations, which compliments existing Mackay Singapore and Shanghai sales and service facilities in Asia. Mackay’s Marine Division will close out the year with 30 wholly-owned marine sales and service operations in 15 US, five Canadian, and 10 additional worldwide locations, with a network of 90 plus global service agents.