GE Aviation acquires leading robotics manufacturer OC Robotics

BRISTOL, UK — GE Aviation acquired OC Robotics, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of commercial snake-arm robots and software for confined and hazardous environments. Founded in 1997 in Bristol, UK, OC Robotics’ robotics expertise will support GE Aviation’s Services organization.

“OC Robotics will play an important role in how we service our customers’ engines,” said Jean Lydon-Rodgers, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Services organization. “This acquisition will expand our component repair development capabilities and increase the efficiency of the On Wing Support team as they perform inspections and repairs on our customers’ engines.”

Craig Wilson, Managing Director of OC Robotics said “OC Robotics was formed with the hard work and dedication of our team along with the support of investors and the UK government. The acquisition will help accelerate our growth opportunities in the aviation sector and enable advanced UK technology to play a larger role on the world stage.”

OC Robotics Technical Director Andy Graham said, “For 15 years, OC Robotics invested heavily to develop snake-arm robot technologies, and the aviation industry has always been a target area for this technology. This acquisition represents a significant opportunity for the OC Robotics team to deploy our technology through a world-leading organisation.”

With a reach of more than 3 meters and a cumulative bend of more than 180 degrees, OC Robotics’ flexible snake-arm robots are ideal for working in tight spots and can conduct various tasks, including inspections, fastening and cleaning when integrated with tooling. OC Robotics is active in the aerospace, nuclear, petrochemical, security and construction industries throughout Europe, North America and Asia.

Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components, integrated digital, avionics, electrical power and mechanical systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings and is part of the world's Digital Industrial Company with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive.

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