Ocean Signal Ltd, an innovative supplier of marine communication and safety equipment, has announced it has been acquired by Drew Marine Ltd. The business will operate as a unit of ACR Electronics, Inc. (ACR), a global leader in safety and survival technologies.
Combining two of the most highly experienced electronic engineering teams in the marine communication industry, ACR and Ocean Signal now have the in-house capabilities to develop the next generation of survival products for the marine, land, military and aviation markets.
Ocean Signal Managing Director Alan Wrigley said: “This is an exciting time for Ocean Signal and ACR. This combination will allow Ocean Signal to expand its capabilities and together we will redefine safety and survival technology in order to save more lives around the world – which is the objective we are all working towards.”
Founded in 2008, research and development-based Ocean Signal’s rapid success has been driven by its meticulous design and development program and ground-breaking range of easy to use, compact products. It recently launched the award-winning rescueME MOB1 and rescueME EDF1 Electronic Distress Flare to add to its established portfolio of rescueME and SafeSea products.
Strengthening the products lines available for the commercial, leisure and fishing sectors of the marine market place, the combined ACR and Ocean Signal brands now offer a full range of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons, Personal Locator Beacons, Search and Rescue Transponders, AIS Man Overboard Beacons, VHF radios, Searchlights, rescue strobe lights, pyrotechnics and safety accessories.
“Ocean Signal has pioneered a number of innovations in marine safety,” said Gerry Angeli, President of ACR Electronics. “Their ability to create a strong brand in a short period of time is a testament to their product design, quality and understanding of the market. Like ACR, Ocean Signal is known for reliable products that perform in the worst conditions the first time, every time and we are excited to add them to our team.”
Ocean Signal will continue to operate as usual from its UK base in Margate, with Alan Wrigley continuing as Managing Director.
Financial terms of the acquisition will not be released.
About Ocean Signal
Communication and safety at sea specialist Ocean Signal™ is dedicated to providing the technology and quality of product that will set industry standards.
Ocean Signal’s rescueME range of products, which includes the rescueME PLB1, the rescueME MOB1, the rescueME EPIRB1 and the rescueME EDF1 electronic distress flare, and SafeSea range of GMDSS products, including the E100 and E100G EPIRB, S100 SART and V100 handheld VHF radio, provides both recreational and commercial mariners with simple to use, compact and affordable life-saving solutions. All products are engineered by a highly experienced team of marine electronics professionals.
Safety and communication products from Ocean Signal offer exceptional value, meeting or exceeding international technical and safety standards. Careful design and innovation provides commercial shipping, fishing and recreational users the confidence that their Ocean Signal equipment will work to, and beyond, their expectations when it is needed most.
For further information on the full range of products available from Ocean Signal, please go to www.oceansignal.com.
About ACR Electronics
ACR Electronics, Inc., a Drew Marine company, is a world leader in safety and survival technology. ACR designs, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive product line of electronic survival products for the maritime, aviation, outdoor AND military markets. ACR product lines include a full range of 406 MHz distress beacons including EPIRBs, Personal Locator Beacons, and ARTEX ELTs, as well as Search and Rescue Transponders (SARTs), Rescue Strobe Lights, Searchlights, VHF Radios and Survival Accessories.
ACR’s headquarters and manufacturing is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL and is registered to the international quality system standards AS9100C (Aerospace) and ISO-9001. Additionally ACR maintains FAA Part 145 Repair Station Certification status. For more information about ACR Electronics, or any of ACR’s brands including ARTEX, please go to www.ACRARTEX.com.
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