28 September 2017

(Simsbury, CT USA September 27, 2017)  Ensign‐Bickford Industries, Inc. (EBI) today announced it acquired TiNi Aerospace Inc.  TiNi joins Ensign‐Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company (EBAD) and its subsidiary, NEA® Electronics, Inc., as well as new EBI acquisition Honeybee Robotics, Ltd. as another innovative solutions provider to aerospace and defense customers around the globe.

TiNi Aerospace is a reputed provider of products and services for the aerospace, defense, and subsea markets.    Founded  in  1996,  the  company  has  grown  into  a  leading  developer  and manufacturer of release mechanisms employing Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) materials, offering both  off‐the‐shelf  and  highly  customized  non‐explosive  and  field  resettable  release mechanisms.  These products are designed to operate in a variety of environments, ranging from the vacuum of space  to  the extreme pressures of  the deep sea.  Over  the past 20 years,  the company  has  honed  a  core  competency  in  resettable  release  devices,  which  will  uniquely complement and expand EBAD’s current product offerings.

“Michael Bokaie and the TiNi team have been successful in building a remarkable company with an enviable position as the leader in non‐explosive release mechanisms using shape memory alloys,” said Tom Perlitz, President and CEO of EBI. “We are thrilled to have them join the EBI family of companies as we seek to be at the forefront of innovation for the spacecraft industry and beyond.”

TiNi will work alongside several of EBI’s businesses to offer a suite of tailor‐made solutions to aerospace and defense customers around the globe.  EBAD serves as a prime contractor and supplier to most primes in the areas of space launch vehicles, satellites and spacecraft, missiles, and  soldier  systems.    Through  its  acquisition  of  NEA  Electronics  in  2010,  EBAD  entered  the forefront  of  the  non‐explosive  release  mechanisms  market.    TiNi  and NEA  will  work  closely together  to  provide  an  expanded  product  offering  and  increased technological  expertise  to many of the same customers, particularly for satellite deployment and payload separation.

“We have long admired  the success TiNi Aerospace has had with customers in our markets,” said Brendan Walsh, Group President of EBAD and Honeybee Robotics. “The acquisition of TiNi will create significant value to our customers by leveraging our combined capacities in mission‐critical  release  mechanisms.    This  combination  will  accelerate  innovation  and  technology development to address our customers’ needs and I look forward to pursuing new opportunities together.”

About TiNi Aerospace

TiNi Aerospace Inc. is the foremost manufacturer of mechanisms employing Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) materials, the most common of which is an alloy of Titanium and Nickel. Among the products developed and manufactured are a family of high-force release devices called the Frangibolt®, an array of fast-acting Pinpullers, a range of innovative Ejector Release Mechanisms (ERMs), and a host of other SMA Actuators. TiNi Aerospace is headquartered in San Rafael, CA. 

For more information, go to tiniaerospace.com

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