[June 15, 2012] PCH International, an Irish-headquartered product development and global supply chain solutions company, is delighted to announce the expansion of our product development and engineering services in the US market with the agreement to acquire Lime Lab Inc.
Lime Lab Inc. is a Silicon Valley-based product development consultancy co-founded by Kurt Dammerman and Andre Yousefi in 2009, who said they founded the company because they wanted to "make things". Lime Lab Inc. places a heavy focus on prototyping, working with industrial design firms to develop products from concept ideation through to manufacturing support.
Plans for expansion include the opening of an R&D development lab, with full prototyping lab, rapid proto printers, EE lab, soft goods lab, and project space / incubator rooms for strategic PCH Accelerator startup opportunities. PCH intends to create at least 15 new jobs in San Francisco by end 2012, with plans to double to at least 30 people in 2013.
Liam Casey, Founder and CEO of PCH International commented on the announcement: "PCH's product development services make us very unique, and we are delighted to expand this service to better serve our clients in the US market. Our in-house product development and engineering teams differentiate us from traditional supply chain management service providers. We architect the most up-to-date sustainable supply chain solutions for many of the world's top brands, and we believe we enable them to bring products to market in a shorter time frame.
"San Francisco is already a world-class center for design excellence, and is an ideal location for PCH to serve our existing clients in Silicon Valley and attract more entrepreneurial partnerships. Expanding our services to California with this acquisition allows us to respond even more quickly to client requirements in their time zone.
Liam continued: "We are delighted to welcome Andre and Kurt to the PCH team. They bring a cutting-edge level of knowledge and product development expertise to our already world-class team. Because we provide product development together with sustainable supply chain management solutions, our product designers and engineers plan for manufacturability from the outset, which we believe enables a faster time-to-market and peace of mind for our clients. We are very excited about this new development."
Kurt Dammerman, co-founder of Lime Lab Inc, has more than 20 years of product development and engineering experience in Silicon Valley. He is a seasoned Product Development Engineer/Manager with experience in all stages of product development, from product conception through support in production. His previous roles include: Manager, Product Development at Coalesse; Engineering Director at Astro Gaming; Director of Product Development at Design Within Reach; Program Manager of iPod Core Technologies at Apple; Development Engineer at IDEO. Kurt holds an MS in Product Design from Stanford and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.
Andre Yousefi, co-founder of Lime Lab Inc, has more than 20 years' design and engineering experience in the UK and Silicon Valley. He is renowned in Silicon Valley for his great talent, creative stamina and skillful adaptability to achieve great products whilst maintaining robust, good designs. Prior to co-founding Lime Lab Inc, Andre was Senior Product Development Engineer/ Manager at WET Design. He held a variety of roles at IDEO from 1991 to 2009, including Design Director, Prototyping Team Manager, Product Designer, and Designer. Andre graduated from the University of Hertfordshire, UK, in 1991.
PCH International creates, develops and delivers the world's best technology products for the world's best brands, focusing on the accessories market for eReaders, smartphones and tablets. With more than 1,000 employees spanning four continents, we offer a unique understanding of China, end-to-end integrated supply chain solutions, world-class design and transparent partnerships. Since 1996, we have used our entrepreneurial vision and innovation to disrupt traditional supply chain models.