KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises DSA Detection LLC on its Sale to Industrial Safety Technologies LLC, a Portfolio Company of Battery Ventures

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the acquisition of our client, DSA Detection LLC (“DSA”), by Industrial Safety Technologies LLC (“IST”), a portfolio company of Battery Ventures.  IST acquired DSA to expand its line of integrated detection products and services for industrial and security applications.

Headquartered in North Andover, Massachusetts, DSA is a leading provider of consumable products for security checkpoint screening, with a focus on Explosive Trace Detection (“ETD”).  DSA provides a comprehensive suite of cost-competitive consumables used by screening system operators for sampling / calibration and system maintenance.  The Company has become a one-stop-shop for consumables for all major ETD instrument variants and provides superior customer service and quick delivery to support its customers’ needs.

DSA designs, manufactures, and distributes its products to every commercial airport in the United States, as well as military agencies and international customers.  Its products are used at airport and military checkpoints, embassies, customs, correction facilities, and cargo screening locations across the world.  DSA developed its proprietary products in-house and has significant intellectual property and active testing approvals in several countries.

We believe this transaction demonstrates several key trends in the aerospace / defense technology M&A environment:

  • Strong interest in leading technologies that establish highly defensible market positions with considerable barriers to entry
  • Expectation for continued security regulations underlying growing world air transportation and cargo traffic
  • Appetite for proprietary, technology-driven solutions and intellectual property to penetrate niche markets
  • Value of experienced management team with deep industry ties

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