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APC-MGE, part of the critical power and cooling services business unit of Schneider Electric, has announced that it received the 2007 Global Data Center Solutions Company of the Year Award from global growth consulting company Frost & Sullivan. This honour is based on a number of criteria, including market share growth, quality product performance, manufacturing capabilities, technological skills and the effectiveness of distribution channel partners. Exceptional customer solutions and undisputed leadership in the worldwide datacentre critical power and precision cooling marketplace were also cited as key factors.

APC-MGE’s uncompromising research and development efforts have produced highly-efficient end-to-end solutions for datacentres that address back-up power, cooling and infrastructure issues. The award honours APC-MGE’s unparalleled excellence in the datacentre solutions market by addressing the most fundamental and evolving needs of customers.

“For the past seven years, APC-MGE has consistently increased its revenue share and mindshare within the datacentre market. Their success is a combination of customer-centric power and cooling solutions and the execution of successful strategic industry alliances,” said Farah Saeed, senior consultant with Frost & Sullivan. “By advancing the progress of datacentre solutions in efficiency, design and scalability, while continuing to exceed the latest application requirements, they are a true leader and a worthy recipient of the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Data Center Solutions Company of the Year Award.”

Another factor cited in APC’s selection was the company’s exceptional customer service and customer loyalty levels. The company has the exceptional expertise to identify market needs and changes while executing innovative strategies within the existing competitive landscape.

“We are delighted that Frost & Sullivan chose to recognise APC-MGE’s success in both datacentre product innovation and company performance,” said Laurent Vernerey, APC-MGE’s president and chief executive officer. “With the investments we are making today, we are positioning APC-MGE for long-term success in our traditional markets, as well as within the datacentre and enterprise space.”

In order to select the award recipient, analysts quantify several market factors for each market participant according to predetermined criteria, paying close attention to their combined operations. This process includes interviews with all market participants, customers, and suppliers, along with extensive secondary and technology research. The companies’ efforts are then analysed based on the number of new customers, new segments, and commitment to business expansion together with market growth. Industry participants are then ranked based on predetermined measurement criteria.

For more information about APC-MGE, please visit www.apc.com/gb or call 0800 2799254.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Consulting Company, partners with clients to accelerate their growth. The company's Growth Partnership Services, Growth Consulting and Career Best Practices empower clients to create a growth focused culture that generates, evaluates and implements effective growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan employs over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 30 offices on six continents. For more information about Frost & Sullivan’s Growth Partnerships, visit http://www.awards.frost.com.

About APC-MGE

In February 2007, APC and MGE UPS Systems combined to form a $3 billion (€2.4 billion) Critical Power & Cooling Services business unit of Schneider Electric. Together, APC and MGE offer the industry’s most comprehensive product and solution range for critical IT and process applications in industrial, enterprise, small and medium business and home environments. APC and MGE solutions include uninterruptible power supplies or UPS, Precision Cooling, Racks, and design and management software, includingAPC InfraStruXure® architecture the industry’s most comprehensive integrated power, cooling, and management solution. Backed by the industry’s broadest service organisation and an industry leading R&D investment, the combined company’s 12,000 employees help customers confront today’s unprecedented power, cooling and management challenges. Schneider Electric, with 112,000 employees and operations in 190 countries, had 2006 annual sales of $18 billion (€13.7 billion).

For more information on APC and MGE, please visit www.apc-mge.com.

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For more information, please contact Anju Birdy, Marketing Manager UK & Ireland, APC -MGE at Anju.Birdy@apcc.com, Damien Wells of SPA Communications at dwells@spacomms.co.uk.

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