Hochiki Corporation acquires fire control panel manufacturer Kentec Electronics
Published on 15 October 2012
This development achieves Hochiki’s ambition to offer a state-of-the-art combination of fire detection, emergency lighting and control panel technology to its growing worldwide customer base.
Established over 25 years ago, Kentec Electronics is one of the world’s leading control panel manufacturers and its name is synonymous with world-class products, great service and excellent support. A truly global entity, it exports control panels for fire, water and smoke detection, along with sprinkler control equipment, to over 80 countries worldwide. Its custom build service is also highly regarded and utilises the company’s expertise in control panel technology to design and build products to exacting customer specifications.
Hochiki Corporation was established in 1918 as Japan's first fire detection equipment manufacturer and has an expanding presence across the world. The company has forged an enviable reputation for the quality and reliability of its products, which are frequently configured alongside Kentec Electronics’ control panels.
Toshio Saito, Hochiki Corporation’s managing director, said, ‘We are pleased to announce that we have entered into an agreement to acquire the stock of Kentec Electronics. The transaction is expected to be completed on 1st October 2012, when Kentec Electronics will become part of the Hochiki Group.’
Kentec Electronics will continue to be run by its current management team as a separate unit within Hochiki Corporation and will use existing suppliers and support all of its customers, including its current network of partners.
‘We are delighted to welcome Kentec Electronics into the Hochiki Group,’ commented Tomoki Ikeda, managing director of Hochiki Europe. ‘Products from the two companies have been used together in a variety installations’.’
He concluded, ‘Hochiki Europe’s day-to-day operations will be largely unaffected by the acquisition. We fully intend to continue with our existing plans and are looking forward to working with our customers and partners during this exciting new era for the company.’
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