Belden announces long-term supply agreement with Yokogawa Electric Corporation

Belden’s Hirschmann™ Industrial Ethernet products chosen for mission critical applications



Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission critical applications, today announced a new agreement with Yokogawa Electric Corporation. Yokogawa, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading provider of industrial automation and control solutions in a wide range of process markets. Under the terms of the agreement, Yokogawa will deploy Belden’s Hirschmann™ brand Industrial Ethernet switches in Yokogawa’s global industrial application solutions that require highly reliable network performance.

“We are pleased to announce the agreement between Belden and Yokogawa,” said John Stroup, President and CEO of Belden. “This relationship demonstrates Belden’s leadership position in industrial networking and expands our growth opportunities in Japan and throughout the world.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Yokogawa will use Hirschmann™ Industrial Ethernet switches in their Vnet/IP® high-speed control networks and provide maintenance services to facilitate the deployment of highly reliable control networks.
Plant control communication network in markets such as oil & gas, power transmission & distribution, pharmaceuticals and water/wastewater must endure harsh environments with extreme ambient temperatures and corrosive gasses.

“Belden’s reputation as the leader in mission-critical signal transmission solutions is once again demonstrated as our Hirschmann™ brand is the preferred choice when productivity and signal integrity cannot be compromised,” added Stroup.

“Yokogawa will offer Hirschmann™ Industrial Ethernet switches from Belden because our customers demand that their network solutions have been designed to the highest standards and tested in the toughest environments,” said Satoru Kurosu, Director and Senior Vice President of Yokogawa Electric Corporation. “They are the perfect choice to ensure the highest confidence in performance for long-term, stable control networks.”

About Yokogawa

Yokogawa's global network of 25 manufacturing facilities and 80 companies spans 54 countries. Since its founding in 1915, the US$3 billion company has been engaged in cutting-edge research and innovation, securing more than 7,200 patents and registrations, including the world's first digital sensors for flow and pressure measurement. Industrial automation and control, test and measurement, information systems and industry support are the core businesses of Yokogawa. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit www.yokogawa.com.

About Belden

Belden designs, manufactures and markets signal transmission solutions, including cables, connectors and I/O modules, wireless network systems as well as network devices and control, load sensing and load moment limitation systems designed for safety-critical applications ranging from industrial automation to data centers, broadcast studios and the aviation and aerospace industry. The company focuses on segments of the worldwide cable and automation markets that require both highly specialized and readily available products. With manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, Belden has recorded a total revenue of USD 1.62 billion for the fiscal year 2010.

Together with its brands Hirschmann™ and Lumberg Automation™, Belden offers an extensive and highly specialized product portfolio covering the full range of data communications – from the information and control levels down to the field level. The company has more than 15 offices throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with manufacturing facilities in Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Italy and Hungary.

Contact Information

For more information about Belden, please visit www.hirschmann.com or e-mail for product inquiries.

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