CSA Group Acquires UK-Based mi Technology Group as Part of Strategic Growth Plan in Automotive Testing Sector

Date: October 16, 2013
Location: Global

CSA Group, a leading global provider of product certification and testing services, today announces the acquisition of mi Technology Group of Leyland, Lancashire, United Kingdom. mi Technology Group is an independent, privately owned company providing analysis, research & development, testing and consultancy services to manufacturers and suppliers around the world.

“The acquisition of mi Technology Group is key to CSA Group’s global growth strategy in the transportation and commercial vehicle testing sector,” says Magali Depras, Vice President for Europe, CSA Group. “We have rapidly expanded our automotive testing capabilities in Germany and North America for traditional and alternative vehicle technologies, and this acquisition allows us to further expand our global service offerings to mi Technology’s client base.  mi Technology’s clients, together with CSA Group’s existing clients, include some of the most technologically advanced and recognized automotive brands in the world, and this acquisition will enable one-stop shopping and further synergies for current and new customers.”

mi Technology’s test and development centre provides vehicle testing in the areas of environmental impact, engine performance and emissions, powertrain, structural integrity, durability, and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Key areas of focus include passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and off-highway machines, as well as aerospace, oil and gas, rail, power generation and industrial sectors for the UK and parts of Europe.

“mi Technology Group is an established and recognized brand in the automotive sector with a history of more than 30 years in the UK”, said Martin O’Leary, Managing Director of mi Technology Group “By joining CSA Group, mi Technology will now have the resources needed to expand its automotive testing reach to new markets in Europe, Asia and North America as well as the ability to build on emerging business in sectors such as aerospace, oil and gas and industrial.”

Clients and employees of mi Technology Group can expect to see a seamless transition with CSA Group. Existing operations and staffing levels will be maintained with the intent to leverage the reputation and expertise of both brands and grow the business globally.

“Today’s acquisition of mi Technology furthers CSA Group’s portfolio of testing facilities with automotive capabilities, including CSA Group Bayern GmbH’s existing facilities in Strasskirchen, Germany,” added Ms. Depras. “It also provides us with an experienced management team and enhances our well educated and dedicated workforce that will enable us to continue with our global growth plan.”

CSA Group is planning to keep expanding its facilities in the UK and Germany over the next year in order to meet the growing needs of customers both in Europe and around the world. Additionally, CSA Group has branch offices in Italy and the Netherlands, testing facilities for medical and lab equipment devices in Switzerland, and employs more than 400 experts across Europe.

 

About mi Technology Group

mi Technology Group is a completely independent, privately owned company delivering analysis, development, testing and consultancy services to manufacturers and suppliers around the world. For more information about mi Technology, visit www.mi-technology.com

 

About CSA Group

CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit member-based association dedicated to advancing safety, sustainability and social good. We are an internationally-accredited standards development and testing & certification organization. We also provide consumer product evaluation and education & training services. Our broad range of knowledge and expertise includes: industrial equipment, plumbing & construction, electro-medical & healthcare, appliances & gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability. The CSA mark appears on billions of products around the world.

 

Contact

Europe
Ute Richter
H+K Strategies
+49 (0)69-2443292-22
ute.richter@hkstrategies.com

North America
Anthony Toderian
Manager, Corporate Affairs
CSA Group
416-747-2620
anthony.toderian@csagroup.org