Accenture to Acquire Eclipse Automation to Help Clients Build Factories of the Future

NEW YORK and TORONTO; July 14, 2022 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has agreed to
acquire Eclipse Automation a provider of customized manufacturing automation and
robotics solutions headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. The acquisition will
allow Accenture to offer automated production lines that leverage the cloud, data and
artificial intelligence (AI), making factories and plants smarter and thus, more
productive, sustainable and safe. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Eclipse Automation creates automated manufacturing systems to produce
sophisticated products for life sciences, industrial equipment, automotive, energy
and consumer goods companies. Its technologists and engineers design, build,
integrate and service advanced automation solutions for producing components and
devices such as electric vehicle batteries and wearable blood-glucose monitors.
Eclipse Automation’s solutions include automation control systems, production
machines and robots, with critical customized tooling manufactured in-house.

Founded in 2001, Eclipse Automation has offices in Canada, the US, Hungary,
Germany, Switzerland and Malaysia. Its approximately 800 professionals will join
Accenture’s digital engineering and manufacturing service, Industry X.

Aaron Saint, North America lead for Industry X at Accenture, said: “Technology, data
and AI are fundamentally transforming every part of a company. This includes
engineering and manufacturing, our clients’ next digital frontier. With Eclipse
Automation, we will combine advanced automation capabilities with our deep digital
expertise. This will position Accenture better than ever to help our clients reimagine
their products and how they make them.”

Jeffrey Russell, President of Accenture in Canada, said: “Many companies are bringing
production back home to Canada and the US due to global supply chain disruptions.
This gives them a unique opportunity to reinvent manufacturing with digital
technologies and advanced automation. With Eclipse Automation, Accenture will
provide technology and training capabilities that our clients need to develop a digital
industrial workforce in markets where manufacturing skills are scarce.”

Steve Mai, CEO of Eclipse Automation, added: “For two decades, we have been
leaders in delivering advanced automation solutions and high-tech manufacturing
know-how to clients across multiple industries. By joining Accenture, we can also
bring the advantages of data, AI and the cloud to our clients’ facilities at a scale that
no other company can offer them.”

The acquisition marks the next milestone in Accenture’s expansion of its digital
engineering and manufacturing capabilities. In 2020, Accenture bought Myrtle
(US, Canada), a consultancy for strategic advisory on industrial operations,
and Callisto Integration (Canada), a provider of manufacturing execution and shopfloor
control systems. In 2021, Accenture added Pollux (Brazil), which engineers and
deploys materials handling and autonomous mobile robots, paving its way into
autonomous robotics systems. Later that year, Accenture made one of its largest
acquisitions ever with international engineering services provider umlaut,
headquartered in Germany, and strengthened its asset management and
performance capabilities with Advoco (US) and T.A. Cook (Germany).

Completion of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including
receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

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