Accenture expands digital engineering footprint with latest acquisition

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Accenture has entered into an agreement to acquire Eclipse Automation, marking the next milestone in Accenture’s expansion of its digital engineering and manufacturing capabilities.

The acquisition will allow Accenture to offer automated production lines that leverage the cloud, data, and AI, helping to make factories and plants smarter, more productive, sustainable, and safe.

Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Eclipse Automation creates automated manufacturing systems to produce sophisticated products for life sciences, industrial equipment, automotive, energy and consumer goods companies. Its engineers design, build, integrate and service advanced automation solutions for producing components and devices, such as electric vehicle batteries and wearable blood-glucose monitors.

The company’s approximately 800-strong team will join Accenture’s digital engineering and manufacturing service, Industry X.

Jeffrey Russell, president of Accenture in Canada, said: “Many companies are bringing production back home to Canada and the US due to global supply chain disruptions. This gives them a unique opportunity to reinvent manufacturing with digital technologies and advanced automation. With Eclipse Automation, Accenture will provide technology and training capabilities that our clients need to develop a digital industrial workforce in markets where manufacturing skills are scarce.”

Steve Mai, CEO of Eclipse Automation, said: “For two decades, we have been leaders in delivering advanced solutions and high-tech manufacturing know-how to clients across multiple industries. By joining Accenture, we can also bring the advantages of data, AI and the cloud to our clients’ facilities at a scale that no other company can offer them.”