OtterBox acquires protective case maker LifeProof

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The acquisition will see OtterBox expand its product portfolio, and its staff numbers rise from 650 to 900

OtterBox has acquired LifeProof, a smartphone and tablet case and accessory manufacturer.

LifeProof cases are designed to defend against water, dirt, snow, and shock. OtterBox said it made the acquisition for LifeProof’s strong global brand, comprehensive product offering, intellectual property and company culture.

Over the next 30 days, OtterBox, known for its protective smartphone cases, will incorporate LifeProof’s 250 staff into its own, bringing its total number of staff to 900 worldwide.

LifeProof staff will remain in their San Diego offices for the foreseeable future.

OtterBox CEO Brian Thomas said: “The joining of OtterBox and LifeProof is a way to combine two great brands and provide customers with even more great products, services and choices for smartphone accessories.

“Our goal in this acquisition is to create more value for our customers than we ever could have generated while operating individually.”

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