The new entity, resulting from the merger of prominent Silicon Valley design and engineering firms, offers multi-disciplinary capabilities for creating innovative commercial products.

NEWARK, Calif., and SAN JOSE, Calif.—Acorn Product Development and Elemental8 have merged their companies to provide a highly integrated product development services provider 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.

Acorn Product Development (, founded in 1993, is a product development firm focused on innovative, manufacturable development for market leaders such as Cisco, Keurig, Boston Dynamics, Toyota, Toshiba, Teradyne, and others. The company strives to help clients bring innovative, reliable, and cost-effective products to market quickly, while maintaining profitability throughout their life cycles.

Elemental8 (, founded in 2006, is a multidisciplinary design firm that aims to create innovative products, meaningful user experiences, and brand identity for leading companies around the world. Its 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,” said Ken Haven, founder, president, and CEO for Acorn, in a release announcing the merger. “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, said that Elemental8 has been working with Acorn since Elemental8 opened in 2006.

“Together, we’ve created many groundbreaking products,” he added. “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.

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