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FEB 2012

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suppliers news continued last year. The new organization merges the complementary tech- nologies of three market-leading businesses, Ventyx, Mincom and ABB Network Control, under ABB. "Going forward we are strongly positioned to lead the industrial enterprise software market, which will be mission critical for essen- tial industries in achieving real-time communication and enterprise- wide system management to enhance reliability, efficiency and productivity," said Jens Birgersson, CEO, Ventyx. "The powerful capabilities brought together in the new Ventyx portfolio will help our customers to effectively address strategic initiatives such as the smart grid, e-mobility, mining and logistics, and new legislation around safety and cyber security." Under one banner, Ventyx will deliver a number of advantages for customers: • A broader breadth and depth of solutions and services; • An expanded global footprint, with increased presence in all major markets worldwide; • Comprehensive solutions addressing the full range of core asset-intensive industries; • A better model of enterprise business solutions, one that takes a whole-sys- tems approach to enterprise asset health; and • Increased integration between infor- mation and operational technologies. "The Ventyx organization combines more than 120 years of collective experience in delivering enterprise solutions to asset- intensive organizations, and a combined portfolio offering an unparalleled range of innovative solutions for our customers," said Birgersson. "Having completed the organizational integration of Mincom, Ventyx moves forward this year as a unified, cohesive operation across all key functions worldwide—including sales, customer support, R&D, product management and managed services." Eriez Reports Records for Orders & Shipments Tim Shuttleworth, Eriez president and CEO, said the company's Erie, Pa., headquarters facility closed 2011 with more than $100 million in orders while Eriez-Japan, the company's affiliate in Japan, finished the year with more than $1 billion yen or US$12 million in shipments. "It's been a banner year for Eriez across the globe," said Shuttleworth. "In addition to exceptional sales and shipment numbers from Eriez HQ and Eriez-Japan, all Eriez divisions showed strong performances in 2011. For the first time in our his- tory, we have exceeded our previous record year worldwide by more than 40%." Increased demand in 2011 prompted Eriez to expand its opera- tions in five countries. Eriez purchased an additional building in Erie, approximately 15 miles from its World Headquarters. Internationally, the company is also expanding in Canada, China, India and the United Kingdom. Jens Birgersson. "Eriez is known around the world for unmatched customer ser- vice and cutting-edge product offerings," said Shuttleworth. "As we enter 2012, our 70th year in business, we foresee ongoing growth through our continued dedication to investing in new products and technologies for the many industries we serve. We also plan an increased emphasis on customer training and education through our Orange University Mobile Education Resource Center." February 2012 49

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