Littelfuse Announces Acquisition of Startco Engineering

DES PLAINES, Illinois, September 17th, 2008 - Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS:LFUS) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Startco Engineering Ltd. The company, which is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is a recognized leader in ground-fault protection products and custom-power distribution centers that are used in industrial manufacturing and mining applications. Startco's annual revenues are approximately $20 million.

"Startco's complete line of ground-fault and motor protection relays complements our current line of industrial ground-fault protection products. The acquisition also provides Littelfuse with industrial power distribution design and manufacturing capabilities that strengthen our position within the growing mining industry," said Dal Ferbert, Vice President and General Manager of Littelfuse's Electrical Business Unit. "Startco provides a strong base for further expansion of our industrial protection business and broadens our capabilities to help customers reduce electrical hazards. They are an excellent fit for Littelfuse."

"We are excited to bring this high-quality company into the Littelfuse family. We are impressed by Startco's strong sales growth and attractive margins and with the high regard customers have for its products and quality of service. We plan to invest in continued growth by taking Startco's products into new geographies and end markets and leveraging them to expand further our industrial safety services," said Gordon Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of Littelfuse. The anticipated closing date is September 30, 2008.

リテルヒューズ会社案内 1927年に創立した Littelfuse, Inc. は、業界で最も豊富な回路保護関連製品およびソリューションのバリエーションを提供する、回路保護分野の世界的大手企業です。リテルヒューズの機器は民生用電子機器から自動車、工業機材にいたるまで、実質的にあらゆる市場の電力製品を保護します。イリノイ州シカゴに構える本社のほか、南北米大陸、ヨーロッパ、アジアでセールス、販売、製造、エンジニアリング施設など 20 ヶ所以上のロケーションを有しています。リテルヒューズが提供するテクノロジーには、ヒューズガスアレスター (GDT)正温度係数機器 (PTC)保護リレーPulseGuard® ESD サプレッサ交流用シリコンダイオード機器TVS ダイオードアレイ(SPA™ 製品群)スイッチングサイリスタTVS ダイオードバリスタなどが挙げられます。また、商用車や特殊車両の電気機械、電子機器用スイッチおよび制御装置、そして地下配電センターなどの高信頼性製品の総合的なラインナップも展開しています。

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