Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions

August 01, 2011

ACRA Control Ltd Acquired by Curtiss-Wright

ACRA Control Ltd. was recently acquired by Curtiss-Wright (News - Alert) Corporation for 42 million Euros in cash. ACRA is a leading supplier for both defense and commercial aerospace markets. Curtiss-Wright’s Motion Control Segment will operate the new business.

“ACRA’s proprietary data acquisition technologies significantly broaden Curtiss-Wright’s electronics and avionics portfolio and establishes us as a ‘best-of-breed’ supplier in the worldwide aircraft test and instrumentation market. As a leading global airborne data acquisition system provider, ACRA serves a diverse and expanding customer base of the world’s leading fixed and rotor-wing aircraft manufacturers. This expertise and experience provides Curtiss-Wright penetration into the global aircraft test and instrumentation market,” said Martin R. Benante, chairman and CEO, Curtis-Wright Corporation, in a release.

ACRA is based out of Dublin, Ireland and includes product families like modular data acquisition, solid-state recorders, Ethernet switches/networking, wireless data transmission, telemetry ground stations and ground station analysis software. The sales and customer support center for North and South America is ACRA Control Inc and is ACRA Control Ltd’s wholly owned subsidiary located at Leonardtown, MD.

Curtiss-Wright’s data recordings and avionics solutions coupled with ACRA’s customizable modular products; engineering expertise and advanced technologies helps provide defense customers with airborne Ethernet data transmission and synchronization, enhanced data acquisition capabilities and wireless download of data to ground stations.

Curtiss-Wright’s development capability with specialized skills in data acquisition, embedded recording, networking and analysis software will be enhanced with ACRA’s highly skilled hardware and software engineering workforce. Curtiss-Wright’s system-level approach to C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) solutions will be enhanced with advanced Ethernet switch technology from ACRA.

Curtiss-Wright’s products include critical function products, systems and services in the areas of flow control, motion control and metal treatment to defense, and energy. It is a diversified global provider of highly engineered products and services. ACRA is a leader in supplying data acquisition systems and networks, data recorders and telemetry ground stations for both defense and commercial aerospace markets. Curtiss-Wright’s provides specialized services in Flow Control, Motion Control and Metal Treatment.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

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