London, UK – May 4, 2021 – Element Materials Technology (Element) has acquired AIRCOM Labs (a TEOCO owned Company), a leading conformance testing provider to the wireless devices market’s primary network operators. The acquisition significantly strengthens Element’s services within the fast growing 5G and connected technologies market, and is highly complementary to the Group’s capabilities in North America, Europe and Asia.
AIRCOM Labs holds a prominent position in the provision of carrier acceptance and conformance solutions, specializing in device testing for the world’s leading Tier 1 mobile device manufacturers. The company maintains approval with all three major US network operators, providing industry-validated testing methodologies to measure device performance on live operator networks, and maintaining industry certifications across all relevant test areas, including GCF, PTCRB and CTIA.
The AIRCOM Labs team of 60+ experts operates from two state-of-the-art facilities in the US; a laboratory in Silicon Valley, CA and 5G Centre of Expertise in the heart of the telecom industry in Dallas, TX. The acquisition builds on Element’s existing strength in wireless, safety and electromagnetic compatibility testing, bolstered by the Group’s 2020 acquisition of PCTEST, bringing with it 5G testing capability and a full suite of connected devices testing and certification services.
Jo Wetz, CEO at Element, said: “I am delighted to welcome AIRCOM Labs to the Element Group. AIRCOM Labs’ strategic position as sole testing provider approved by all major US carriers is a perfect fit for the Group’s growth plans for our connected technologies business. This acquisition significantly strengthens our relationships with existing mobile device manufacturing clients in North America, and extends our global capabilities for our customers.”
Hemant Minocha, EVP & General Manager at AIRCOM Labs, added: “I am very excited that AIRCOM Labs will be joining Element. We will bring a set of new capabilities and customers to this well-established world leader in testing and are excited to join Element’s network of global experts and customers. The combined organization will offer unparalleled capabilities in test and certification services, supporting the entire product life cycle of connected technologies customers.”
With its impressive growth and its track record in integrating new businesses, we look forward to becoming a valued part of the Group and helping drive the growth of the connected technologies business.”
With the addition of AIRCOM Labs, Element’s connected technologies business is now located in 21 laboratories in the USA, UK, Germany, China, South Korea, and Japan, our global team of almost 500 connected technology experts are leaders in this highly specialized field. From major components and systems within next generation aircraft and spacecraft; the latest product innovations within digital and wireless communications devices, the emerging autonomous vehicles sector and the smallest medical implants used within the human body, Element works in partnership with its customers at the forefront of their R&D activities.
The Element Materials Technology Group is one of the world’s leading global providers of testing, inspection and certification services for a diverse range of materials, products and technologies in advanced industrial supply chains where failure is not an option. Headquartered in London, UK, Element’s team of more than 6,000 expert scientists, engineers and technicians operate from around 200 locations across five continents, delivering an extensive range of solutions to customers in critical industries including aerospace, connected technologies, construction, defense, energy, environmental, life sciences and transportation.
In 2021 Element Digital Engineering was launched, moving Element a step closer to being a leader in engineering simulation, modelling, data science and artificial intelligence to solve complex industrial challenges.
About AIRCOM Labs
AIRCOM Labs (A TEOCO Company) provides a comprehensive device testing program from product design to launch for the world’s leading device manufacturers, OEMs, communication service providers and regulators.
As advances are made in communications technology, the path through carrier acceptance testing, regulatory testing and industry conformance testing becomes more and more difficult to navigate. Different device types require different planning, testing and issue resolution.
The ability to certify new devices on the network remains critical, however, and the growing complexity of the technologies involved make it even more mission critical to ensure that the growing wave of device types from Retail/Branded/Stock devices to IoT devices using approved embedded modules, meet minimum performance and conformance criteria prior to network launch.
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“This acquisition significantly strengthens our relationships with existing mobile device manufacturing clients in North America, and extends our global capabilities for our customers.”