UL Acquires the National Analysis Center to Broaden its Portfolio of Interoperability and Usability Testing Services Purchase increases UL's scope of services in high-growth sectors

NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 2, 2015 /CNW/ -- UL, a global safety science leader, today announced the acquisition of the National Analysis Center (NAC), a privately held company based in West Palm Beach, Fla. The NAC is recognized as the standard for mobile phone, automotive infotainment and mobile accessory interoperability and usability testing.

As people around the world become more mobile and use a variety of devices, they expect them to work together seamlessly. The acquisition significantly broadens UL's range of interoperability services in high-growth sectors that are impacted by the compatibility and usability of each device, such as automotive infotainment, wireless products and wearable smart devices.

"As major trends in the consumer space, such as the Internet of Things, wearable technology and connected vehicles drive adoption of new consumer devices, the market for interoperability testing will continue to grow," said Sajeev Jesudas, president of the UL Consumer Business Unit. "This acquisition provides us with an opportunity to expand our offerings and support the next generation of connected devices to help ensure they work together seamlessly and safely."

The NAC's service portfolio includes interoperability, performance and compatibility testing services. The company also offers competitive benchmarking to help engineering and marketing teams evaluate prototypes against the latest commercially available products.

UL and the NAC's combined portfolio will help strengthen relationships with key auto and mobile customers. In addition, the NAC will leverage UL's scale and resources to expand into global markets.

"We look forward to merging our capabilities and expertise and reaching new markets," said Jim Lipsit, the National Analysis Center's president, co-founder and owner. "Both UL and the NAC have a shared approach of testing products as part of a complete system, in the way customers actually use them. I think this common approach and mission to improve the customer experience makes the two companies a great fit for each other, our employees and our customers."

The NAC's 36 employees, including Jim Lipsit, will join UL and remain with the company. The transaction closed on July 1, 2015.

About UL
UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for more than 120 years. Its nearly 11,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL uses research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring solutions to a more complex global supply chain. For more information about our certification, testing, inspection, advisory and education services, visit http://www.UL.com or our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

About the National Analysis Center
The National Analysis Center's service portfolio includes interoperability, performance and compatibility testing services in high-growth sectors such as wireless and automotive infotainment. Founded in 2003, the NAC has vast expertise in evaluating products from manufacturers around the world. The NAC tests products as part of a complete system, in the way customers actually use them. Its goal is to identify potential problems for customers before products are released. With more than 12 years of Bluetooth interoperability testing experience, the NAC is recognized as the standard for mobile phone, automotive infotainment and mobile accessory interoperability testing. The NAC's headquarters are in West Palm Beach, Fla. For more information, please visit, http://www.nationalanalysiscenter.com.

Michelle Press
PR Manager, UL
847-664-1966
michelle.press@ul.com

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