Gael Force Group has revealed a deal with Fusion Marine, and will acquire 75 per cent of the outstanding share capital of the fish farm pen manufacturer.

The deal, which is of an undisclosed value, should be concluded by early April.

Gael Force managing director Stewart Graham, who founded the company in Stornoway in the 1980s, said: “Our companies are friends in the market and have worked together for many years – we are delighted to have reached this agreement with Fusion Marine."

The companies see an excellent strategic fit which will ensure that the companies can, by combining their resource and wealth of experience, jointly invest in developing new and innovative products while continuing to provide competitive pricing and high service levels through close partnering with their respective customers.

Mr Graham said: “Our discussions have highlighted just how aligned we are and what a good fit both companies are for each other, and for our key customer offering."

He continued, "We look forward to welcoming Fusion Marine into the Gael Force family on completion in early April. Our combined expertise, experience and product range will help both Fusion and Gael Force drive growth both in the Scottish market and in our target export markets too.

“All of us at Gael Force are hugely excited by the growth opportunities this deal presents and look forward to working with our friends at Fusion Marine to grow our combined business.”

Gael Force has grown from a one-man start up in 1983 to become a leading business based in the North of Scotland employing 200 people serving a UK and European wide customer base in three distinct industries – marine equipment, aquaculture and marine engineering.

Fusion Marine’s name in the aquaculture community is highly regarded, with their fish farm pens and equipment having an enviable, long-standing reputation for quality, strength and versatility. Both companies enjoy close working relationships with salmon producers and are, separately, key suppliers to the Scottish aquaculture market, with ties between the two companies continuously strengthening over many years.”

Fusion Marine Managing Director Stephen Divers said, "Our focus is on our customers and we have great confidence that working together in the Gael Force Group we are even better positioned to deliver value to the market in support of our long-standing key customers. Our planned investment in innovative new product development in the pens market will be an early example of that. We also see the added benefit for customers with our combined geographical coverage, including that of our ongoing servicing out of our location in Oban.”

Once completed, the deal will see Gael Force further expand and develop their capabilities in end-to-end supply and manufacture of fish farming products and services.

Currently, the company manufactures their own range of SeaMate Feed Barges and SeaFeed Offshore Feeding System, mooring systems, SeaSight underwater cameras and aquaculture technology products.