We’re thrilled to announce that Castle Creations, the leading aftermarket manufacturer of high-performance electronic speed controls and brushless direct current (DC) motors for radio-controlled (R/C) car, air and multirotor hobby applications and industrial unmanned aerial vehicles, is now part of the Pivot International family!
Acquiring the Kansas City-based Castle Creations has given us the opportunity to enter the electronics speed control and brushless DC motor retail markets.
Castle Creations holds 16 patents and has 22 years of innovation in brushless DC motor design and motor control algorithms, with a reputation for superior performance, configurability and quality. Beyond simply being an aftermarket parts provider for other brands, Castle Creations has become a widely-recognized and well-respected name in the industry. Additionally, the company’s strong reputation for creating high-quality, versatile products and providing unparalleled “make-it-right” customer support have earned it an ever-growing base of loyal customers.
Castle Creations’ leadership in the R/C hobby market has also created new opportunities for the company in commercial applications, including firefighting, helicopter aviation, cooling systems, fuel pumps, underwater propulsion systems, and more.
Combining Pivot International’s global presence with Castle Creations’ technical expertise is a win-win for us both. This will enable us to further expand our technical footprint, while also giving us a great product range to offer our clients.
We’re proud to have such a strong consumer brand, with broad distribution through hobby distributors, local hobby shops, Amazon and direct-to-consumer, as a part of the Pivot International family.
The acquisition of Castle Creations marks Pivot International’s seventh acquired company in over three and a half years, and our fourth acquired company in the last two years. It’s also our biggest acquisition yet.
This acquisition also continues Pivot International’s growth strategy of taking an aggressively calibrated approach to organic and acquired competencies, capacity, expertise and assets to help our customers meet their market and global clients’ needs most effectively. Additionally, this bold approach has served as the backbone for the massive growth we’ve experienced in the past few years.
Over the last five years, Pivot International has had an annual growth rate of 141%, and we have increased our number of staff members from 136 to nearly 700. On top of this, we also have facilities in 11 locations around the world.
Additionally, our approach ensures that we’re able to respond to any changes and new developments in the industry, like the imposition of China taxes and tariffs, with speed and agility by providing alternative options and solutions for our clients. We’ve also invested in surface mount technology in the U.S. and Asia, so that we can simultaneously manufacture products on two continents to optimize output and respond to challenges or opportunities.
With offices across the U.S., London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Taiwan, Manila and Hong Kong, Pivot International is continuing to build a portfolio of talent and resources around the world, creating company-owned manufacturing operations that seamlessly support a global supply chain.
In the words of Pivot International President and CEO Mark Dohnalek, “I am committed to ensuring that Pivot has the global capabilities to design and manufacture in the U.S., the U.K. and Asia, so that we can deliver the most efficient solution for our clients all over the world.”