National Technical Systems Announces the Acquisition of National Quality Assurance

Leading Global Certification Brand Strengthens NTS’ Premier Position in Testing, Inspection, and Certification by Creating a Unified Global Compliance Organization

Calabasas, CA, Acton, MA, and Dunstable, United Kingdom (March 4, 2015). National Technical Systems, Inc. (“NTS”), the leading independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection, and certification solutions in the United States, announced today that it has acquired Dunstable, U.K.-based National Quality Assurance (“NQA”), one of the largest and most respected ISO registrars in the world. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

With more than 32,000 active certifications in over 75 countries, NQA provides its broad base of customers with a single certification resource for management system registration as well as process and product compliance services and support.

NTS was formerly NQA’s certification partner in the United States, having been joint venture partners in the U.S. since 1992. The acquisition creates a unified global certification organization with continental headquarters in the United States, the United Kingdom, and China and local offices in over 20 countries around the world.

“Our goal is to be the world’s partner of choice in testing, inspection, and certification solutions when the highest level of product, supply chain, and management system reliability and safety is required,” said NTS President and Chief Executive Officer William C. McGinnis. “This acquisition creates a more unified, global NQA and is a powerful enabler of that vision.”

“From a customer’s point of view, the acquisition will be seamless,” noted McGinnis. “Our customers can expect the exact same high-quality services they have always received from NQA. For our customers, their auditors won’t change, and our certifications won’t change. We will continue to provide the same thorough, nimble, performance-based processes that NQA is known for around the world.”

NQA maintains a robust standards offering and is a recognized global leader in ISO 9001, ISO 14001, AS9100, OSHAS 18001, and TS16949 management certifications. NQA has expertise in multiple industries, including aerospace, transportation and distribution, printing, professional services, automotive, food and beverage, electronics, information technology, and software.

NTS is a portfolio company of Los Angeles-based Aurora Capital Group.

About National Technical Systems
National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS) is the leading independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection, and certification services in the United States, serving a broad range of industries, including the civil aviation, space, defense, nuclear, telecommunications, industrial, electronics, medical, and automotive end markets. During its more than 50 years in business, NTS has built the broadest geographic presence and sole national footprint in the United States, an unparalleled breadth of capabilities, and has fostered continuous innovation, making NTS a unique one-stop resource to meet its clients’ demanding and evolving requirements. Operating through a network of 24 technologically advanced testing laboratories across the United States, this geographically diverse footprint puts NTS facilities in close proximity to its more than 4,000 clients, allowing NTS to serve the nation’s most innovative companies with industry-leading accessibility and responsiveness. NTS’ offering spans more than 70 distinct environmental simulation and materials testing categories, including climatic, structural, dynamics, fluid flow, EMI/EMC, lightning, product safety, acoustics, failure analysis, chemical, and other industry-specific tests, allowing it to handle its clients’ most demanding needs. Additionally, the company is accredited by numerous national and international organizations, which allows NTS to have its test data nearly universally accepted worldwide. For additional information about NTS, visit our website at or call 800-270-2516.

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