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Humanetics Innovative Solutions, Inc. Acquires FronTone GmbH

PLYMOUTH, MI - January 31, 2015 - Humanetics Innovative Solutions, Inc., the global leader in the development of biofidelic crash test dummies, is pleased to announce the acquisition of FronTone GmbH, a leading manufacturer of advanced safety test equipment.  Klaus Matlschweiger will continue to lead FronTone as Managing Director, along with the other members of the existing leadership team from its headquarters in Graz, Austria.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

FronTone’s portfolio includes a wide range of test equipment including dynamic sled, door intrusion, roof crush, and pedestrian and occupant protection test systems.  Its unique, patented frictionless electric E-Liner drive system offers the most efficient testing process, providing precise and reproducible test results with the most accurate targeting for a wide range of industrial applications.  Founded in 2008, FronTone has built a reputation as the technology leader in the test equipment sector, serving an impressive list of customers such as Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen, Volvo, Opel/GM, and Jaguar Land Rover as well as a number of the most prominent automotive suppliers.  

“We are very excited to welcome FronTone into the Humanetics family. Mr. Matlschweiger and his team have successfully raised the industry benchmark for vehicle dynamic testing equipment with the company’s proprietary E-Liner equipment, which utilizes electric motors to drive more accurate, reliable and repeatable test results,” said Christopher O’Connor, President and CEO of Humanetics.  “FronTone’s extensive suite of advanced systems provides a significant enhancement to our existing test equipment platform and is an ideal complement to our crash test dummy product lines.”

"Humanetics is the leading innovator and a pioneer in the crash test instrumentation and simulation industry.  We are proud to be partners with them in advancing overall vehicle safety,” said Klaus Matlschweiger, CEO of FronTone.  “We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding our E-Liner systems currently in the field and we believe Humanetics is the right partner to help us accelerate our growth trajectory.  We look forward to working in cooperation with Humanetics globally to expand FronTone’s new product development initiatives and customer support worldwide.” 

 

About FronTone

Austria-based FronTone GmbH is a leading manufacturer of advanced safety test equipment.  Its unique, patented frictionless electric E-Liner drive system offers the most efficient testing process providing precise and repeatable test results with the most accurate targeting for a wide range of industrial applications.  For additional information, visit www.frontone-automotive.com.

About Humanetics

Humanetics Innovative Solutions, a division of Safety Technology Holdings, Inc., is a global company whose strategy is to harness the best of today's technologies for the creation of high-quality products which play an important role in improving safety, comfort and protection of people and their environment.  Humanetics is the world’s leading supplier in the design and manufacture of sophisticated crash test dummies, associated technical support and laboratory services and load cell crash wall systems.  Furthermore, Humanetics develops and supplies finite element software dummy models for computerized crash test simulations and specializes in static and dynamic strain measurements.  For additional information on Humanetics, visit www.humaneticsatd.com.

About Safety Technology Holdings

Safety Technology Holdings, Inc. (STH) is a science and technology centered company and a leader in the design and manufacturing of critical safety related test and measurement systems.  STH products ultimately advance the mission of saving lives and enhancing health and well-being. Its portfolio includes Humanetics, HITEC Sensor Solutions and Sensor Developments Inc., offering an extensive suite of crash test dummies, sensors and calibration and software products that incorporates the latest biomechanical human simulations for the development and certification of occupant safety protection technologies.  With over 400 highly skilled professionals working in 12 facilities strategically located around the world, STH businesses serve a global customer base of industrial leaders including many Fortune 100 companies, the U.S. military and other government agencies.  For additional information on Safety Technology Holdings, visit www.stholdingsinc.com.

 

Media Contacts      

For Safety Technology Holdings, Inc.:

Mr. Bryan J. Brown

Director of Corporate Development

+ 1 (734) 446-3144

bbrown@stholdingsinc.com

www.stholdingsinc.com

 

For Humanetics Innovative Solutions, Inc.:

Mr. Michael Jarouche

Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing

+ 1 (734) 446-3106

mjarouche@humaneticsatd.com

www.humaneticsatd.com


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