Laird Technologies, a designer and manufacturer of electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding materials, thermal management products and wireless antenna solutions, announced they have acquired Antenex Inc.

Antenex designs and manufactures antennas and accessory products primarily for the US market, for applications in communications for the defense, public safety, transportation, satellite and medical sectors. Located in Glendale Heights, IL, Antenex and its 90 plus employees have established themselves as a world-class supplier to a fast growing market.

"Our related business is organized around support of the OEM channel, while Antenex is more focused on the distributor channel and public safety," said Martin Rapp, CEO of Laird Technologies. "The combination of the businesses results in a company with a broader product line and broader channel coverage."

Don Cislo, president of Antenex, added, "We have worked with Centurion, then Laird Technologies, for many years. We are excited to now be on the same team, and have access to an expanded product base and operating sites."