National Technical Systems Inc (NTS), a portfolio company of U.S. private equity firm Aurora Capital Group, has bought Canadian testing laboratories Fiarex and CEM for an undisclosed sum. Chambly, Québec’s Fiarex specializes in mechanical and environmental testing, while Boucherville, Québec’s CEM specializes in electromagnetic compatibility and interference testing. Jean-Pierre Rioux, president of the two acquired companies, said the deal will provides customers with a broader scope of test and inspection capabilities. Aurora bought Calabasas, California-based NTS in 2013.
NTS Announces the Acquisitions of Laboratoire d’Essais Fiarex Inc. (“Fiarex”) and Laboratoire d’Essais CEM Inc. (“CEM”)
Adds Two Laboratories in Canada Offering Environmental, Dynamic and EMC Testing
CALABASAS, Calif. and CHAMBLY, Quebec and BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec, Jan. 26, 2017 /CNW/ — National Technical Systems, Inc. (“NTS”), the leading independent provider of qualification testing, inspection, and certification solutions in North America, announced today that it has acquired Fiarex of Chambly, Quebec and CEM of Boucherville, Quebec. Financial details of the acquisitions were not disclosed.
Fiarex specializes in dynamic and environmental testing, while CEM specializes in electromagnetic compatibility and interference testing (EMC and EMI). Both companies serve a number of market leading customers in the aerospace, defense, automotive, rail, consumer, and other industries.
The Chambly facility offers dynamic and other mechanical testing as well as a number of environmental tests, including ingress protection testing and reliability services, such as HALT. The Boucherville lab provides emissions and immunity testing to FCC, EN, IEC and RTCA-DO160 standards, and both facilities are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).
Jean-Pierre Rioux, President of Fiarex and CEM, stated, “Our management and staff are enthusiastic about our partnership with NTS as it will allow us to provide our expanding customer base a much broader scope of test and inspection capabilities throughout both the Quebec region and broader Canada.”
“We are excited to have two facilities in Canada from which to service our Canadian clients,” noted Vicki Panhuise, CEO of NTS. “NTS looks forward to continuing to provide the local access, cutting-edge capabilities and ease of doing business that Fiarex and CEM customers have come to know, and we look forward to expanding the testing services available at our new Canadian locations.”
NTS is a portfolio company of Los Angeles-based Aurora Capital Group.
About National Technical Systems
National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS) is a global independent provider of qualification testing, inspection, and certification services, serving a broad range of industries, including the civil aviation, space, defense, nuclear, telecommunications, industrial, electronics, medical, and automotive end markets. During its more than 50 years in business, NTS has built the industry’s broadest geographic presence in North America, an unparalleled breadth of capabilities, and has fostered continuous innovation, making NTS a unique one-stop resource to meet its clients’ demanding and evolving requirements. Operating through a network of more than 27 technologically advanced testing laboratories, this geographically diverse footprint puts NTS facilities in close proximity to its more than 4,000 clients, allowing NTS to serve the nation’s most innovative companies with industry-leading accessibility and responsiveness. NTS’ offering spans more than 70 distinct environmental simulation and materials testing categories, including climatic, structural, dynamics, fluid flow, EMI/EMC, lightning, product safety, acoustics, failure analysis, chemical, and other industry-specific tests, allowing it to handle its clients’ most demanding needs. Additionally, the company is accredited by numerous national and international organizations, which allows NTS to have its test data nearly universally accepted worldwide. NTS operates its inspection division under the Unitek brand, providing a wide range of supply chain qualification and management services. NTS’ certification division, which operates under the NQA brand, is one of the largest and most respected global ISO registrars, qualifying customer management systems through active certifications in more than 75 countries. For additional information about NTS, visit our website at www.nts.com or call 800-270-2516.
Contact: National Technical Systems
Sarah Willis (Media): firstname.lastname@example.org; (818) 312-8680
Douglas Briskie (Technical): Doug.email@example.com; (714) 745-9174
Contact: Laboratoire d/Essais Fiarex Inc.
Jean-Pierre Rioux (French Media): firstname.lastname@example.org; (514) 651-6312
Photo courtesy of CEM