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ECA Group and iXblue merge under new entity

ECA Group and iXblue merge under new entity

The companies have been united under a single brand following Group Gorgé’s acquisition of iXblue.

The companies have been united under a single brand following Group Gorgé’s acquisition of iXblue.

ECA Group and iXblue have officially merged to form a new entity, dubbed Exail, following the acquisition of iXblue by ECA Group’s parent company Group Gorgé’ in late September.

Exail is expected to leverage the resources of both companies to deliver specialist robotics, maritime, navigation, aerospace and photonics technologies.


This would involve providing global customers with in-house manufactured technologies, including components, sensors, products and complex systems.

Fabien Napolitano, CEO of iXblue, welcomed the merger, noting the importance of uniting the companies under a single brand.

Joining forces under a joint brand allows us to become a major global player capable of addressing new and larger markets, but also to federate our 1,500 employees around the same banner,” Napolitano said.

Together, we will keep pushing back the frontiers of science to take our technological excellence to new heights.

“The new synergies created with Exail open up unlimited prospects for the development of new products and systems that will continue to push back technological limits and expand our customers’ capabilities.”

Dominique Giannoni, CEO of ECA Group, said the establishment of Exail would help address the “major challenges of our time”.  

“Our world is facing many challenges, whether they are security, environmental or societal. At Exail, we are convinced that the development of disruptive technologies will enable us to rise to these new challenges,” he said.

“By mastering cutting-edge technologies, we are at the heart of our clients’ most complex missions. Whatever the environment, our robust components, products and systems will provide them with the utmost performance, reliability and safety, while our global team will support them as they face the most complex challenges, from the deep sea to outer space.

“Together, we will continue to create innovative solutions that help explore new territories, and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers and partners with our new enlarged offer.”

ECA Group, now Exail, is bidding for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) SEA 1905 Tranche 1 – Maritime Mine Countermeasures Survey program, which is seeking an autonomous solution to be deployed from the Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

The ECA-led team is competing against Saab Australia, which recently launched its bid alongside Leidos Australia, SeeByte and Sonartech Atlas. 

[Related: ECA Group partners with UGL to form Australien operations team]

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