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Imtech: 118 million British pounds order for high-tech climate technology on board the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers for the UK Royal Navy

(PresseBox) (Gouda / Hamburg, ) Imtech (technical services provider in Europe and in the global maritime market) has been awarded a design & build contract for the hightech climate technology aboard the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers being built for the British Royal Navy. The order represents a value of more than 118 million British pounds (about 130 million euro). The ships, which are 280 metres long, are the largest naval ships ever to be built in the UK.

René van der Bruggen, CEO of Imtech: 'Imtech was able to satisfy the Royal Navy's strict requirements, both in terms of technology and references demonstrating our ability to equip ships of this size with hightech climate technology. This order is a confirmation of our knowhow and expertise in the field of naval technology. Moreover, it makes an important contribution to the longterm continuity of our marine business.'

Design & build

The two aircraft carriers are about 65,000 tons each, a size between the American 'Nimitz class' and the French 'Charles de Gaulle class'. The hightech design & build order is a direct order from Babcock Marine, a member of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance. The order comprises a total solution for the technical design, engineering, equipment, supply, installation and setup of all HVAC systems (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) on board both of the ships. The order was awarded to the German business unit Imtech Schiffbau-/Dockbautechnik. A sizeable share of the activities will be performed in cooperation with the English business unit Imtech Marine UK, which recently has executed several other projects for the British Royal Navy. Both business units are part of the Imtech Marine Group, Imtech's marine division. The ships are being built at five English shipyards with final assembly at Rosyth, Scotland. HMS Queen Elizabeth is scheduled to enter service by 2016 and HMS Prince of Wales will follow two years later.

Experience counts

For decades, Imtech has been a leading, innovative partner for HVAC technology aboard naval ships, both for newbuild projects as well as conversions, maintenance and services. Since 2005, Imtech has been involved with the predesign, preengineering and technical design of the two aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy. Imtech is one of the few technical companies in the marine market to possess extensive knowledge of hightech, complex, fullscope HVAC project implementation, including logistics. As a result, Imtech is the European market leader in fullscope HVAC solutions aboard large cruise ships up to over 350 metres long. In recent years, Imtech has worked on HVAC technology on board German, Dutch, English, Spanish, Polish and Australian frigates, supply ships and corvettes. Imtech is currently working on sustainable HVAC technology on board four new German F125 frigates.

Imtech: strong player in global naval market

With annual revenues of about 500 million euro and 2,400 employees, Imtech (Imtech Marine Group) is one of the strongest players in the global maritime market, operating as a fullservice provider of integrated solutions for platform automation, propulsion (including electric propulsion), energy generation/distribution, communication/navigation, integrated ship's bridges, air conditioning & climate technology and multimedia/entertainment. Imtech operates a global service network made up of more than 70 offices in 20 countries along the world's main shipping routes and near major shipbuilding centres.

Imtech Contracting GmbH

Imtech N.V. is a European technical services provider in the fields of electrical engineering, ICT and mechanical engineering. With over 22,500 employees, Imtech achieves annual revenue of around 3.8 billion euro. Imtech holds strong positions in the buildings, industry and infrastructure/traffic markets in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Eastern Europe, Nordic, the UK, Ireland and Spain and in the global marine market. In total Imtech serves 19,500 customers. Imtech offers added value in the form of integrated and multidisciplinary total solutions that lead to better business processes and more efficiency for customers and the customers they, in their turn, serve. Imtech also offers solutions that contribute towards a sustainable society, for example in the areas of energy, the environment, water and mobility. Imtech shares are listed on the Euronext Stock Exchange Amsterdam, where Imtech is included in the Midkap Index. Imtech shares are also included in the Dow Jones STOXX 600 index.