ACR Electronics in the US has acquired United Moulders Ltd (UML), a UK-based designer and manufacturer of lifejacket inflating devices. Financial terms were not disclosed.

UML designs a range of automatic and manual lifejacket inflation systems that are approved for integration into lifejackets manufactured around the world for the commercial, leisure and military maritime markets. The company will report to communication and safety at sea specialist Ocean Signal, a brand of ACR Electronics.

“At ACR we have one mission – to design and build quality products knowing they are used to save lives,” says Gerry Angeli, company president. “UML is established as the preferred choice for lifejacket manufacturers around the world because of the reliability of its products and attention to detail. We are excited to add another brand with the same passion for saving lives to our portfolio.”

ACR Electronics, along with Ocean Signal and ARTEX, provides safety and survival equipment to the maritime and aviation markets including EPIRBs, Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), Search and Rescue Transponders (SARTs), AIS Man Overboard Beacons, lifejacket strobe lights, searchlights and VHF radios.

UML managing director John Perrins says: “Our products are integrated onto lifejackets designed to save lives. It is exciting to now be a part of one company that has the technology to automatically inflate a lifejacket, alert Search and Rescue, and also enable visual location from a strobe light or E-Flare to complete the rescue.”