UL Solutions, a global leader in applied safety science, today announced its acquisition of Data Test Labs, a Michigan-based company focusing on electrical, environmental and mechanical testing for automakers and their suppliers.
“The automotive industry is in the midst of a paradigm shift as it continues to introduce new technologies and innovations that are entirely reshaping how we move from place to place. Overall, system safety remains the backbone for these innovations,” said Jennifer Scanlon, president and CEO, UL Solutions Inc. “We are confident this acquisition deepens our expertise, allowing UL Solutions to help customers continue to evolve and succeed as these new technologies introduce new challenges and opportunities.”
As safety and security are highly interrelated, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and automotive component and system manufacturers are increasingly searching for an end-to-end partner for testing solutions to address safety and security standards and regulations.
“Automotive services currently offered by UL Solutions help customers navigate complexity and develop a framework for automotive standards and best practices,” said Weifang Zhou, executive vice president and president of Testing, Inspection and Certification, UL Solutions. “Welcoming Data Test Labs supports our mission of working for a safer world and allows us to expand our current portfolio while accelerating the delivery of automotive standards testing services.”
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Co-founded in 2017 by automotive industry veterans Michael Janssen and Alfredo Apolloni, chief executive officer and chief engineer, respectively, and headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, Data Test Labs focuses on vibration and electrical, environmental simulation, fluid and ingress protection code testing.
“We founded Data Test Labs on the tenet that validation testing helps to assure a product’s quality and reliability and is critically important for interconnected safety-critical vehicle systems,” said Janssen. “We share the mission-centric safety culture of UL Solutions and are committed to keeping mobility safe.”
The transaction closed on June 29, 2022.