TMC Compressors of the Seas (TMC) and Sauer Compressors have entered into a co-operation agreement to supply compressors for offshore and shipping operations
TMC supplies screw compressors for marine and offshore use and Sauer Compressors supplies piston compressors for the commercial shipping, offshore and navy segments. TMC delivers screw compressors in the range from 1.5 to 20 bar pressure with Sauer providing high-pressure piston compressors for pressures between 20 and 500 bar.
Most vessels require both screw and piston compressors to fulfil onboard compressed air requirements.
Commenting on the agreement, Sauer Compressors chief executive officer Harald Schulz said, “In co-operation with TMC, we can offer the complete marine compressed air package that yards and shipowners often want. We look forward to co-operating closely with TMC.”
TMC and Sauer will also continue offering their products as stand alones. TMC’s chief executive Per Kjellin stated the objective of the agreement is to “enable us to co-operate more closely and cost-effectively, which could be highly beneficial for both yards and shipowners. We are delighted to team up with Sauer Compressors and its renowned range of German-engineered piston compressors.”
TMC’s headquarters are based in Oslo, Norway, and its compressors are manufactured in the Nordic region. Sauer is headquartered in Germany and its compressors are manufactured in Germany and the Czech Republic. Both companies have sales and service operations located worldwide.
In European Competition law such an agreement is termed a ‘horizontal agreement’, an agreement between existing or potential competitors who operate at the same level of production or distribution in the market.
Usually they would need to comply with EU antitrust rules, but certain R&D and specialisation agreements have been exempted under EU Regulations. The agreement between Sauer and TMC is not subject to regulatory approvals.