Calian Group Ltd., a dynamic provider of a wide array of products and services spanning healthcare, communications, learning, and cybersecurity solutions, announced on May 10, 2024 that it has successfully acquired Mabway, a renowned U.K.-based entity, for a total consideration of up to CAD$41M (GBP£24M), with CAD$32.4M (GBP£19M) transacted upon closing.

Mabway stands out as a frontrunner in orchestrating expansive defense role-play environments, faithfully mirroring real-world operational scenarios, while also offering specialized technical education for naval and maritime sectors. With a longstanding history as a key supplier to the British Army since 2012, Mabway operates through multiple offices across the U.K., boasting a workforce exceeding 1,000 comprised of former military personnel and dedicated civilians. Its services extend across Europe and the Middle East.

Kevin Ford, Calian CEO said: “We’re delighted to be acquiring a company that has such a strong offering that both complements and expands our current solutions in the military training and simulation sector. This acquisition presents a great opportunity to leverage the capabilities of both companies to provide a more comprehensive range of solutions to military and defence customers globally. And with the U.K. looking to increase defence spending to 2.5 per cent of GDP by 2030, Calian will be well positioned as a strategic partner supporting their operational readiness.”

This acquisition marks a significant milestone for Calian, amplifying its footprint within the U.K. and Europe. By integrating Mabway’s expertise, Calian fortifies its suite of military training and simulation solutions in the region, opening avenues for expanded global outreach and diversified clientele.

“This acquisition strategically aligns with our vision for Calian Learning, propelling us toward our goal of becoming a premier global training and delivery partner for customers when they cannot fail,” expressed Don Whitty, President of Learning. “Mabway’s strong position in the U.K. defence sector provides opportunities for us to introduce our immersive learning solutions to complement the solutions Mabway is delivering—and bring their capabilities into our solutions to support our growth objectives,” he said.

“The Mabway team is excited to be joining Calian,” said Mabway co-owner, Mark O’Reilly. “We take our corporate culture seriously and share Calian’s values of integrity, teamwork, innovation, respect, and customer commitment. We are known for our unrelenting focus on providing mission-critical solutions for our customers and will be able to deliver even more effectively as part of the Calian team.”

Effective immediately, the acquisition positions Calian to leverage synergies and deliver enhanced offerings to its clientele worldwide.