Acorn Product Development and Elemental8, Silicon Valley Design and Engineering Leaders, Announce Merger

New Entity Provides All of the Multidisciplinary Expertise Needed to Create Innovative Commercial Products 

AUGUST 2, 2018 – NEWARK, CA

Announced today, Acorn Product Development and Elemental8 have merged their companies to provide a highly integrated product development services solution with a global footprint. The merged company will operate under the Acorn Product Development brand, with design centers in Silicon Valley, Atlanta, Boston, and China. 

Founded in 1993, Acorn Product Development is a product development firm focused on innovative, manufacturable development for market leaders such as Cisco, Keurig, Boston Dynamics, Toyota, Toshiba, Teradyne, and others. Acorn’s proven expertise, relationships, and processes help clients bring innovative, reliable, and cost-effective products to market quickly, while maintaining profitability throughout their life cycles.

Founded in 2006, Elemental8 is a multidisciplinary design firm that creates innovative products, meaningful user experiences, and brand identity for leading companies around the world. Clients include Siemens Medical, Panasonic, Samsung, Cisco, Google, Sprint, and others. 

“The merger with Elemental8 provides turnkey product development services for our clients—from initial concepts to a complete commercialized product, with cutting-edge design for optimal manufacturability”, explained Ken Haven, Founder, President and CEO for Acorn. “Combined, we’ve developed over 750 products for market leaders in medical and laboratory devices, consumer electronics, robotics and industrial automation, and data and telecom equipment, making us well positioned to serve a wide range of organizations—from startups to Fortune 100 companies.”

Benjamin Chia, Founder and Chief Design Officer of Elemental8 added, “We’ve been working with Acorn since our company opened in 2006, and together, we’ve created many groundbreaking products. Our combined company will provide customers with an unprecedented product development solution—from market research and product definition to user experience, industrial design, user interface, branding, product engineering, and the critical transition to manufacturing anywhere in the world, including China.”

The merger is effective immediately—Ken Haven will assume the role of President of the combined companies, and Benjamin Chia will assume the role of Chief Design Officer.

More information about Acorn Product Development can be found at www.acornpd.com; for information on Elemental8, visit www.elemental8.com.

Contact:

Ken Haven, CEO of Acorn Product Development: khaven@acornpd.com

Benjamin Chia, Chief Design Officer: bchia@acornpd.com