UL has acquired the National Analysis Center (NAC), a privately held company based in West Palm Beach, Florida. The NAC is recognized as the standard for mobile phone, automotive infotainment and mobile accessory interoperability and usability testing.
As people around the world become more mobile and use a variety of devices, they expect them to work together seamlessly. The acquisition significantly broadens UL’s range of interoperability services in high-growth sectors that are impacted by the compatibility and usability of each device, such as automotive infotainment, wireless products and wearable smart devices.
“As major trends in the consumer space, such as the Internet of Things, wearable technology and connected vehicles drive adoption of new consumer devices, the market for interoperability testing will continue to grow,” said Sajeev Jesudas, president of the UL Consumer Business Unit. “This acquisition provides us with an opportunity to expand our offerings and support the next generation of connected devices to help ensure they work together seamlessly and safely.”
The NAC’s service portfolio includes interoperability, performance and compatibility testing services. The company also offers competitive benchmarking to help engineering and marketing teams evaluate prototypes against the latest commercially available products.
UL and the NAC’s combined portfolio will help strengthen relationships with key auto and mobile customers. In addition, the NAC will leverage UL’s scale and resources to expand into global markets.
“We look forward to merging our capabilities and expertise and reaching new markets,” said Jim Lipsit, the National Analysis Center’s president, co-founder and owner. “Both UL and the NAC have a shared approach of testing products as part of a complete system, in the way customers actually use them. I think this common approach and mission to improve the customer experience makes the two companies a great fit for each other, our employees and our customers.”
The NAC’s 36 employees, including Jim Lipsit, will join UL and remain with the company. The transaction closed on July 1, 2015.