HITEC Sensor Developments in Plymouth Township Acquires United Kingdom’s Aero Sense


HITEC Sensor Developments, a Plymouth Township-based designer and manufacturer of custom load cells and strain gage based force and torque sensors, Friday announced it has acquired the United Kingdom’s Aero Sense Technologies, a manufacturer of custom sensors for aerospace and industrial customers. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We have worked closely with the Aero Sense team for many years on a number of development projects and are excited to bring them into the HITEC family. They have been an important partner for us and are highly respected for providing high-quality, mission-critical, innovative solutions at a competitive price point,” says George Low, managing director of HITEC Sensor Developments. “Leading companies in the aerospace and other general industrial markets recognize that Aero Sense is able to do things that are unmatched by even the biggest competitors.”

HITEC is a subsidiary of Safety Technology Holdings, a holding company based in Farmington Hills with niche test and measurement sector companies including Humanetics Innovative Solutions, a vehicle safety company, and Fibercore, a specialty optical manufacturer.

“We are very excited to welcome Aero Sense into our family of companies,” says Christopher J. O’Conner, CEO of Safety Technology Holdings and Humanetics. “Aero Sense greatly complements our corporate portfolio by expanding our growing range of custom, advanced sensor products and technical capabilities.”

Aero Sense was founded in 2009 and provides advanced custom sensors to aerospace and industrial OEMs and Tier I suppliers. Its current product portfolio includes pilot control force sensors, load path sensors, tank level sensors, and brake actuator sensors, as well as custom and build-to-print load cells and load pins. The company’s products are featured on the Airbus 350 and 220; Ebraer 170, 190, and KC-390; Gulfstream G500/600-series; and Boeing CH-47.

Andy Royal, CEO of Aero Sense, will remain actively involved with the business post-closing.

“HITEC is a first-class organization with a long history of developing high-quality, advanced customer sensor solutions, and we have developed an excellent working relationship with them,” says Royal. “They have the size and technical capabilities to build on our past success and to help to accelerate our growth plans. They are the perfect partner for us.”

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