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SAFETY EQUIPMENT MAKER TRIPLES SIZE OF FACTORY

SAFETY EQUIPMENT MAKER TRIPLES SIZE OF FACTORY

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 

ACR Electronics brand Ocean Signal says it has tripled the size of its business footprint to support accelerated growth plans, meet increasing production demands and strengthen the company’s capabilities to launch the next generation of maritime communication and survival products to the market.

The safety at sea specialist has completed the move into a new 19,200ft2 factory at its Margate, UK, headquarters, significantly boosting production capacity as it steps up operations to escalate distribution volumes. In addition to investing in the expansion in factory space, Ocean Signal has almost doubled the number of company personnel in the past four years, including a strengthened R&D team.

Established in 2008, Ocean Signal was acquired by US-based ACR Electronics in 2015. The company now operates alongside sister brand United Moulders Ltd (UML), lifejacket inflation systems and lights specialist, at its UK base. Ocean Signal has now produced more than 100,000 PLBs and more than 70,000 EPIRBs, and has shipped over 100,000 MOB devices.

Ocean Signal MD James Hewitt said: “It is testament to the strength of the company and its people, the proven reliability and effectiveness of our products, and the high profitability within the ACR family, that Ocean Signal continues to thrive, despite the harsh new environment and the challenges of the last 12 months. With this threefold increase in factory size, we are well positioned to continue building on our growth strategy and keep up with demand from our customers, while also developing ground-breaking safety products. The global integration of the ACR, Ocean Signal and UML businesses and the combination of our expertise and quality brands continues to deliver results, both in terms of sustained business success and, most importantly, for the benefit of our customers and to ultimately save more lives with our products. The latest development ensures Ocean Signal can stay at the forefront of engineering and manufacturing life-saving solutions for customers across the world.”

ACR President John Nguyen said: “It is really exciting that Ocean Signal is now embarking on the next stage of its success story with the expansion of its factory facilities, just one of the steps we are taking within the ACR family to future-proof our business strategy for the years ahead. I am confident that the new investment will be a catalyst for continued growth and will result in more people accessing and benefiting from the remarkable Ocean Signal devices.”

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