Kaparel Backplane Operation Combines with Ripac Subrack Assembly

7/25/2003 - Rittal announces the formation of a single business unit by combining the Kaparel backplane operation in Waterloo, Canada and the Ripac subrack mechanical/assembly operations in Springfield, Ohio. This consolidation will best address the many significant technology advancements in the markets mutually served by Kaparel and Ripac.

Tom Sutherland, currently General Manager of Kaparel Corporation, will head the combined business unit from the Waterloo facility. There are no imminent plans to relocate either of the businesses into a single facility. A consolidated plan is being developed to move the two units closer together in their ability to support customers’ needs, as well as leverage the strengths of the two complementary businesses. Rittal purchased Kaparel Corporation in December of 2000.

Terry Ray, President of Rittal Corporation, stated, "The original intent of the purchase of Kaparel Corporation was to capitalize on the experience and growth they had developed in high speed backplane design and production and to partner the synergies of the Rittal Ripac division." Mr. Ray added, "This consolidation of the business units is the final phase of the purchase and will provide the telecom and IT markets with a complete packaging solution."

Many of the plans for consolidating the businesses into a single sector have yet to be completed, but will be rolled out to the market over the next couple of months. The business unit will operate under the Kaparel/Ripac banner and will report into Rittal Corporation facility in Springfield, OH. As the planning is firmed up, further announcements will be forthcoming on the operating logistics of the new business unit.

Kaparel Corporation
Kaparel is an ISO 9001:2000 registered company that develops, manufactures, and globally markets high-speed backplane solutions to the Converging Communications market. From its pioneering work in CompactPCI bridge designs, Kaparel has quickly become a leader in many aspects of CompactPCI technology (www.kaparel.com).

Kaparel specializes in high slot count, hot swap and high availability systems and has custom designed over 350 high-speed and CompactPCI backplanes for major global telecommunications and computer manufacturers. Founded in 1996 (as the cPCI division of PixStream Incorporated), Kaparel is based in Canada’s Technology Triangle in Waterloo, Ontario.

Rittal is a leading manufacturer of electronic enclosures systems, power distribution, network enclosures, climate control and terminal systems with its headquarters located in Herborn Germany, and manufacturing and sales offices around the world. Rittal-Werk is one of the seven companies that are owned by the Friedhelm Loh-Group of companies, employing over 8,000 people worldwide.

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