Eclipse Acquires D&D Automation

Eclipse Automation, the largest privately owned custom automation supplier in Canada, today announced the acquisition of D&D Automation, located in Stratford, Ontario. D&D, a global leader in controls and systems engineering, designs and integrates PLC control systems for robotics, industrial machinery, manufacturing lines, process environments and other automated facilities.

Eclipse Automation combines an expertise in design, engineering, manufacturing and integration, to deliver proven automation solutions. The D&D acquisition brings a dynamic and complementing synergy to the Eclipse umbrella. In addition to providing advanced production, lean manufacturing and progressive distribution that Eclipse is known for, customers can be supported with Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management (EPCM) controls engineering. Eclipse will also leverage its controls engineering capabilities to its customer service support to extend the productive life of existing equipment and systems.

“The D&D acquisition allows us to have a division that is truly focused on EPCM controls engineering and we look forward to new opportunities that will expand and strengthen our market offering,” states Steve Mai, President and CEO, Eclipse Automation. “The highly skilled workforce at D&D are an excellent fit to our existing talented pool of employees at Eclipse. Together, our capabilities and the client-centric values of both organizations will be a great benefit to our customers.”

“At Eclipse, we support investment plans and strengthen manufacturing strategies and practices for our customers,” mentions Gilles Blouin, Director of Business Development, Eclipse Automation. “The D&D acquisition is the perfect trajectory to offer a package of innovative custom automation solutions and controls engineering expertise. It also expands our service arm by offering timely solutions for system upgrades, retrofits, line relocations, troubleshooting, equipment optimization and long-term on-site support.”

“The entire D&D team is excited to join Eclipse,” says Michael McCourt, President of Eclipse Automation Stratford. “The Stratford division will continue to successfully lead the EPCM controls engineering market and unite our collaborative, high-performing and entrepreneurial environments.”

About Eclipse Automation

Eclipse Automation designs, engineers, manufactures, integrates and services innovative automation solutions and equipment worldwide. With headquarters in Cambridge, Ontario and nine facilities in Canada and the United States, Eclipse brings cross-industry know-how, advanced capabilities and proven engineered applications to strengthen production, manufacturing and distribution strategies. With approximately 500 employees, Eclipse serves markets in the Life Sciences, Transportation, Energy, Consumer, Electronics and Industrial industries.

For its fifth consecutive year, Eclipse was recognized as one of Canada’s Best-Managed Companies for overall business excellence by Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies program. Eclipse was also a five-year recipient of the Growth 500 Award that celebrates Canada’s most dynamic and successful businesses. Eclipse Automation is a founding partner of the Smart Automation Group, offering global opportunities and support for its customers.

About D&D Automation

Founded in 1992, D&D Automation Inc. is a controls engineering specialist located in Stratford, Ontario. Services include consulting, system engineering, integration and process control. D&D has significant experience designing and implementing PLC based control systems for robotics, industrial machinery, manufacturing lines, and process environments in a wide range of industries. For more information, contact: