The deal has the potential to enable TAS to double the size of its workforce over the next three-to five years.
Central to the growth will be TAS’s ability to design and construct control room simulators for the energy industry, which allow power plant operators to simulate the exact operations of a plant in a training scenario. The company will also provide training services for the simulators.
With offices in Stockton-on-Tees, Stevenage, Gloucester and Hereford, TAS is well-established in the engineering sector. Originally serving the process industry on Teesside, the company has since diversified to also work with, among others, the pharmaceutical, oil & gas, healthcare, defence, mineral and food sectors.
It has an excellent reputation in these sectors for identifying, measuring and mitigating hazards associated with LV and HV electricity, arc energy and maintenance procedures.
On the back of this growth, TAS has almost doubled its turnover to £2.4 million in the last two years and anticipates continued growth following the acquisition.
John Maplesden, Managing Director of TAS, said: “As part of GSE Systems we will be able to build upon the growth we have already achieved. We have enjoyed excellent progression in the past few years and, with the security and resources associated with a major international company, we can implement a programme of investment and recruitment that will take the business forward.
“Entering the simulation facilities and training sector is a natural progression for TAS and enables the company to establish an increased presence in rapidly expanding power generation sector.”
Graham Wren, GSE Systems Managing Director in the UK, said: “The acquisition of TAS brings strong and complementary skills and experience into the GSE family of companies. The combination of world class simulation technology from GSE and strong project management, electrical and control engineering will allow us to provide our customers with an enhanced service from design concept through plant commissioning to operational support and training. . .”