DSL Systems, a long-established UK feed and grain processing software house, has been acquired by a Canadian IT company, Valsoft.

DSL was founded in 1979 as Design Software Limited, a Nottingham-based business specialising in process control programs. A contract with the John Thompson & Sons Belfast feed mill in 1987 led to other feed manufacturing work, with the success of DSL’s Autopilot4feed mill software suite seeing the company open a US office in 2001. The business was sold to its management in 2005, with Matthew Swallow becoming chief executive.

Valsoft, based in Montreal, is a private company that acquires and grows vertical software businesses that provide critical suites in particular niche markets.
DSL’s existing chief executive Mr Swallow and chief technology officer Peter Mansfield retain their roles under the new ownership, with no changes to the day-to-day management. But Valsoft will provide business intelligence and expertise. Colin Davies and Nigel Brereton continue at DSL in consultancy roles.

“DSL Systems is proud of to have built a leading position in the UK for mill control systems,” says Mr Swallow. “We believe this change in ownership will allow DSL to be better positioned to serve its customer base and grow the product to bring the best value to its clients, while simplifying and streamlining our services.