A leading underwater services provider specialising in the commercial and defence diving markets has bought Ansti Test Systems Ltd.
James Fisher (JFD) now owns the business, and all intellectual property rights and assets of Ansti Test Systems. It is not known at this time what implication this will have for the recreational diving industry.
Ansti manufacturer test systems display the performance of breathing apparatus under test, in real time. It can be configured for any diving equipment and life support systems, hence a number of dive manufacturers and dive centres use Ansti machines on a daily basis, to test to British, European or Worldwide standards and regulations.
JFD has been buying up a number of major commercial diving companies including Divex and the National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen. It looks as though they want to be a bigger player in commercial diving, ie servicing offshore wind farms. At present JFD is a defence company, however these acquisitions will allow them to move into other areas, including diving support services.
Giovanni Corbetta, Managing Director, JFD, stated "Ansti Test Systems comes with a strong track record in underwater diving testing including a global client base spanning over 60 organisations, more than 5,000 regulator tests for SCUBA manufacturers worldwide, and technical consultancy for various diving related projects. This extensive experience complements JFD’s existing subsea support operations and will provide a significant contribution to our long-term ambition of protecting and preserving lives in the commercial and defence industries.”
As part of the acquisition, both Ian Himmens and Stan Ellis will work with JFD on a consultancy basis to assist during the transition period and beyond.