Hatch Chile boosts its port services through the acquisition of Empresas Procon S.A.

SANTIAGO, CHILE & MISSISSAUGA, CANADA, June 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Hatch, one of the world's leading engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) companies, today announced that it has acquired Procon S.A. Geocontrol, Procon S.A. Servicios and Procon S.A. Ambiental.  The companies are considered industry leaders in the delivery of port and marine terminals engineering services.

"The acquisition of these companies greatly expands our resource capabilities in South America—one of the fastest-growing regions in the world," commented Shashi Shrivastava, Global Director, Ports and Marine Terminals for Hatch. "By combining the local expertise of Procon S.A.'s professionals with Hatch's broader, global capabilities, we can provide services across the full spectrum of 'gateway logistics,' helping resource companies develop smart infrastructure and systems to move their products most efficiently from the mine to the end-user. Hatch is a world leader in integrating the design and operations of the value chain in the resource sector and with this step will be able to offer world-class solutions to clients in South America."

Heinz Pearce, Hatch's Regional Director, Infrastructure, South America added: "The South American market is rapidly expanding, and this acquisition will enable us to deliver a wide range of services to clients that are driving the region's growth. Having the ability to respond to opportunities with knowledgeable local professionals will enhance our ability to deliver tangible value to our clients."

"Joining a large, highly reputable organization like Hatch gives our professionals an opportunity to grow both within and beyond our design-focused service areas," said José Retamales, Ports and Marine Terminals Director, Hatch Chile, and former Chief Executive of the Procon S.A. Group, "We look forward to blending our expertise with that of the larger firm to support comprehensive engagements, from concept design through project delivery".

Procon S.A. is a leader in the highly specialized field of port and maritime engineering. The four companies acquired by Hatch have been involved in developing many of the major port projects in South America in recent years. The companies' specialties range from the technical and economical prefeasibility stages to administration and works inspection. The team that will now be part of Hatch is made up of civil, industrial and mechanical engineers, mechanics, technicians and other professionals.

About Hatch

Hatch is an employee-owned, multidisciplinary professional services firm that delivers a comprehensive array of technical and strategic services, including consulting, information technology, engineering, process development, and project and construction management to the Mining, Metallurgical, Energy, and Infrastructure sectors. Hatch has served clients for over 80 years and has project experience in more than 150 countries around the world. With over 11,000 people in over 65 offices, the firm has more than $35 billion in projects currently under management.


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South America
Cecilia Carvajal
Marketing  & Communications manager
Tel: +1 56 2 430 2613 

North America
Ian Cluroe
Global Director, Marketing
Tel: +1 905 403 4181

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