Optronics International, a manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, has completed its acquisition of Texas-based USA Harness, Inc.
A provider of trailer harnesses and electronic control systems, USA Harness serves the global transportation industry with its USA-PLUS Sealed Modular Wiring Harness System and patented USA-PLUS Modular Connection System.
With its O-ring-style seal and secondary lock pin design, the USA-PLUS Modular Connection System has been tested and proven to perform at three times the industry standard, according to the manufacturer.
The acquisition makes Optronics the newest of only a few manufacturers capable of fully serving the light-, medium-, and heavy-duty commercial vehicle industry with both lighting and harness technologies. The industry will benefit from increased competition and a broader array of advanced, integrated, modular power delivery and lighting solutions.
“In less than a decade, Optronics has dramatically changed the competitive landscape in commercial vehicle lighting with its focus on technological innovation, broader options and greater value, and we’re about to do the same with harnesses,” said Brett Johnson, president and CEO of Optronics International. “OEMs have become ever more adamant in encouraging us to enter the harness side of the business, because the competition in that segment has remained so limited.”
Optronics is committed to its global manufacturing culture, and according to company officials, the acquisition of a U.S.-based harness manufacturing capability gives the company even greater supply chain latitude. “Just like the OEMs we serve, we’re going to manufacture harness and lighting systems wherever it makes the most sense,” Johnson said.
With their blended experience, both companies will begin selling integrated modular lighting and harness systems from day one. Targeted manufacturers include those making heavy-duty dry van, reefer, tank, car haul, and flatbed trailers, as well as those making light- to medium-duty trailers.
Heavy-duty truck and body manufacturers will also be a focus, as will heavy-duty off-highway vehicles, armored couriers and other specialized vocational equipment manufacturers.
“We’re excited to see more competition come to the commercial vehicle lighting and harness business,” Andy Tanner, president of Talbert Manufacturing, said. “Knowing Optronics, I expect this move to benefit my company, my customers and the industry as a whole.
Check out a video of the modular harness system below: