A-kit America, Inc. and Knight Mechanical Testing announce merger as JTL America

December 18th, 2017

Markets Insider

Testing and evaluation companies A-kit America, Inc. and Knight Mechanical Testing have announced a merger between the two companies. The merger has resulted in the newly named JTL America, Inc. The combined company will expand its current facility with additional mechanical and analytical test capability to better serve clients in the medical device and automotive industries.

In 1999, a company called A-kit, Inc. was born from the quality control division of Nohara Manufacturing, Inc. in Japan. A-kit primarily provided mechanical testing, 3D measurement, and analytical services for the Automotive industry. With A-kit professional product evaluation services, clients saved time, labor, and increased their product quality.

Recent years saw the demand for quality, speed, and diversity in the field of evaluation, which are elements that matter in the manufacturing process. In June 2016, A-kit America was established in Livonia, MI as 100% subsidiary company of A-kit, meeting the demand by providing clients with high quality services.

Knight Mechanical Testing (KMT), on the other hand, can trace its beginnings in 2006 with Nolan and Kevin Knight and their colleague Pat Ballinger. Their prior experience in various captive testing laboratories in the Automotive and Orthopaedic industries enabled the trio to leverage their knowledge for a solo venture.

KMT first gained recognition in the Orthopaedic industry, providing major Orthopaedic OEMs, start-ups, and suppliers in the Orthopaedic industry, easier access to quality test laboratories and high-quality customer service. Currently, the ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory specializes in material and component testing for Medical and Automotive industries.

"We are very excited to be localized and bring two cultures together to increase our synergy. KMT and A-kit America have a lot of things in common that have a positive impact on each other," said Kazumasa Nohara, President of JTL America.

"We are committed to delivering suitable evaluation technology, so you can meet and maintain prevailing standards in your industry and, in the process, enable you to pursue opportunities in your market. We believe that the combination of two cultures and industries creates a more sustainable company that meets the testing needs of all industries. We aim to build a team of highly skilled and experienced engineers and invest in sophisticated testing machines to help a variety of sectors. As a bilingual organization, fluent in English and Japanese, we can also cater to the needs of a larger client base," said by Kevin Knight, former President of KMT.

Immediate expansion plans in Fort Wayne include ATOS 3D scanning, two units of 3.5t vibration test machines with environmental chambers, and X-ray CT inspection capabilities.

"These additional capabilities will complement our current service offering nicely," said Kevin Knight, Chief Sales Officer of JTL America. "We selected these technologies based on the service gaps in the US testing market, and the testing expertise that A-kit America brings from Japan."

Current KMT and A-kit America management will provide JTL America with the experience and leadership necessary to make JTL America one of the top service provider in the marketplace.

To learn more about JTL America, visit www.jtlamerica.com.  

About JTL America

JTL America has an established history and heritage in delivering testing solutions to different industries through the merger of A-kit America, Inc. and Knight Mechanical Testing. JTL America's vision is to one day meet all the testing needs of all industries.

For further information, visit www.jtlamerica.com or call Kevin Knight at 260-489-1444 (ext. 201)

Media Contact: Kevin Knight, JTL America, 260-489-1444 (ext. 201), kevin.knight@jtlamerica.com

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