Alaris expanding into the US


Alaris Holdings is currently establishing a third operating company, in the United States, which will focus on passive radio frequency and microwave antenna solutions.

The company said it is continuing to expand its footprint in Europe, the United States, Asia, Middle East and Africa. The United States company is currently being added to the group after being bought from a consortium of sellers for $2.7 million.

The US company is in the business of designing, developing, manufacturing and distributing various passive radio frequency and microwave antenna solutions and related products around the world. Alaris said the motivation for the acquisition is the fact that the US market is the largest defence market in the world, representing about 60% of the global market. The target company will provide increased market access for the sales of Alaris and antenna manufacturer Cojot’s products. Additionally, the target company will be able to facilitate the production of Alaris and Cojot products, which is, at times, a requirement for the successful supply of products into the US.

Alaris said the US company’s business model and product range are complementary to the two existing operating entities in the Alaris group. “The combined operations and intellectual property will provide a strategic advance to the group to capitalise on new opportunities. This can be achieved through the design and development, as well as cross-selling of products. Alaris will gain access to the US supply chain, which has additional benefits to the enlarged group in light of current local economic circumstances.”
“We have sold into the United States for years, but there is now enormous potential to grow sales in that market significantly. We definitely see ourselves as client-centric, which makes it important that we are geographically as close as possible to our customers in key markets like the US,” said Alaris Holdings CEO, Juergen Dresel.

Established in 2008 and now with manufacturing and research and development facilities on three continents, Alaris engages in the fields of defence and electronic warfare communications through its operating companies, Alaris Antennas (formerly Poynting) and Cojot.

Alaris Antennas designs, manufactures and sells specialised broadband antennas and other related radio frequency products. Its products are used in the communication, frequency spectrum monitoring, test and measurement, electronic warfare and other specialised markets. Cojot was established in Finland in 1986 and designs, develops and manufactures innovative wideband antennas for communications and counter measures applications. It was acquired by Alaris in 2016.

Alaris presented its product line-up at the Electronic Warfare Europe 2018 exhibition and conference held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 5-7 June 2018. “This is an important networking opportunity for us. We are emphasising our unique IP and our highly skilled engineering team’s abilities to develop, design and manufacture specialised and customised sub-systems to rapidly meet individual client requirements,” Dresel noted.

Alaris provides electronic warfare and communications products for a variety of applications. These include electronic counter-measures to prevent the remote detonation of bombs, jamming of enemy communications, monitoring of enemy communications and signal direction finding. The products may be mounted on vehicles, aircraft, drones, ships and submarines, or carried by individual soldiers.

In the civilian environment, the company’s technology is used by test and measurement businesses and frequency regulatory bodies.

Among Alaris’ offerings are wideband products which reduce the need for multiple antennas, the development of high-technology antenna arrays, and smart antennas that can be re-programmed to take on a variety of tasks.