Framatome has announced the acquisition of the energy and defence subsidiaries of the EFINOR group, operating in the nuclear energy and naval defence sectors in France and the UK. Through this acquisition, Framatome reinforces its industrial welding skills and its range of qualified welding procedures, and boosts its expertise in component manufacturing, engineering and services.

“This acquisition is aligned with our strategy to strengthen our capacity to deliver safe, high-quality solutions for the long-term operations of our customers’ existing nuclear plants and new build projects,” said Bernard Fontana, CEO of Framatome.

Fontana noted that Framatome will benefit both from the engineering and industrial expertise of the EFINOR group energy and defence teams, and from its existing relationships with local partners and customers in France and the UK. Following the recent integration of the UK BHR Group, this new acquisition marks Framatome’s commitment and position as a major partner of the British nuclear programme.

“Quality welding is a stake in the success of our industry,” said Catherine Cornand, senior executive vice president of Framatome’s Installed Base Business Unit. “The integration of new skilled teams enhances our on-site welding response and engineering expertise to meet our customers’ expectations.”

From engineering to on-site manufactured component installation, the EFINOR group energy and defence division operates a wide range of projects and services supporting construction programs for new nuclear reactors, naval defence industry and other industrial applications.