Emergency distress signal manufacturer Wescom Group has expanded its presence in the marine survival market with the purchase of Marine Rescue Technologies (MRT).

It means Wescom will now have electronics signalling products in its portfolio to add to the SOLAS mandated smoke, rockets and flares for distress signalling that it already has, including Pains Wessex and Comet brands - that have have a track record of 150 years.

”With the acquisition of MRT we now have a range of electronic signalling personal locator beacons for the first time, including the sMRT range of AIS MOBs and AIS DSC man overboard devices,” said Sean McCrystal, Westcom Group marketing director.

”We are also excited by the soon to be available Galileo sMRT Shield 406MHz distress beacon with AIS and RLS.” 

“We are delighted to have welcomed MRT to the Wescom Group; this acquisition accomplishes a significant step forward in expanding our survival solution product portfolio,” said Ross Wilkinson, Wescom Group CEO. ”Like Wescom, MRT has a rich history within the marine safety sector, and we are excited to work with the management team in growing the business.”