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28/08/01 – Rhyl, North Wales, UK – The optical fibre cable group of Pinacl Ltd., a part of Tyco Electronics, announced today it has won a Queen’s Award for International Trade. This award recognises “outstanding achievement in international trade, resulting in substantial growth in overseas earnings and in commercial success”.

Pinacl manufactures fibre optic cable for data and telecommunications applications. Main markets for the company are in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Its focus on exporting began in 1994 when Pinacl’s share of the UK fibre optic cabling market was over 20% and exports represented less than 10% of sales. The company set itself the ambitious target of achieving 50% of its revenue through overseas sales by the year 2000. This was in order to continue the growth of Pinacl as a ‘worldclass’ fibre cable manufacturer. The company achieved 62% in overseas sales by March 2000, exceeding its goals.

Sara Branch, business director of the Pinacl fibre optic cable group “We have successfully overcome barriers with languages, exchange rates, logistics, specifications & cultural differences to win this award. By offering a specialised service - a comprehensive range of bespoke and pre-designed cable, a unique partnership approach and dedicated account teams - we are confident of even greater export success. As a turn-key supplier for all data and telecommunications fibre cabling we can deliver the right cable infrastructure in the right timescale and at the right price. This is critical for success in the EMEA data & telecommunications markets. We can now react more rapidly to customer demand, reduce lead times and offer a broader range of niche products including river, aerial and steel wire armoured cabling.”

This success has also seen an investment of over £2 million and an extension to the manufacturing plant, creating 50 new jobs. The investment continues, with another ‘springboard’ added to the success story.

Christian Struever, director operations & business development EMEA at Tyco Electronics; “This award underscores that there are no boundaries to Pinacl’s ability to successfully target and win business. Pinacl’s outstanding optical cable expertise strengthens our established technology leadership position and enhances our existing datacom and telecom product offering. They will be an important part of our continued success in EMEA and other regions.”

Charles D. Fox, general manager, at Tyco Electronics; “Pinacl’s achievement of a Queen’s Award is a great honour but not a great surprise. The company qualities that the award recognizes are the same that grabbed our attention. With the newly combined strengths of Pinacl and Tyco Electronics, we are extremely well positioned to extend Pinacl’s export success to other regions of the world.”

Background Information

The optical fibre cable group of Pinacl is dedicated to the manufacture and sale of the highest quality fibre optic cables for both telecom and data communications.

Pinacl’s expertise in the design and manufacture of fibre optic cables dates back 30 years to the initial research programme by world leading glass manufacturer, Pilkington plc into the commercial application of optical fibre. The company was acquired by Tyco Electronics Corporation, in January 2001.

Sales, production levels and manpower have all increased since the management buy-in/buy-out from Pilkington in 1993. The company has expanded to a larger manufacturing facility of 6,500sqm at the North Wales site, increasing production by over 300% to become Europe's fastest and most advanced facility, capable of manufacturing cable containing up to 432 fibres and up to 12km in length.

Products address all fibre optic applications including data communications, LANs, telecommunications, video transmission, traffic signalling and defence applications. Clients include Cable & Wireless, THALES, ITT, Molex and Telewest. World-wide sales are backed by an impressive network of distributors.

Pinacl is constantly working on expanding and developing the product range which has established the company as the leading supplier of fibre cable in Europe.

Datacoms Fibre Optic Cables

The introduction of Gigabit Ethernet and ATM networks has placed new and different demands on communication systems. Pinacl now offers their Giga550 cables designed using the new GbEMM multi-mode fibres to support 1.25 Gb/s transmission up to 2Km.

Telecoms Fibre Optic Cables

Currently there is very high demand for telecommunications fibre, and a world shortage of certain types of fibre. Pinacl can produce telecom fibre optic cables with all types of fibre to meet urgent needs including G.652 and G.655 from the major manufacturers and composites of both.( A new, growing specialist area).

Further information is available at Pinacl’s optical fibre cable’ web site:

About Tyco Electronics

Tyco Electronics is one of the major business units of Tyco International Ltd. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, Tyco Electronics is the world’s largest passive electronic components manufacturer, and a world leader in cutting-edge wireless technologies, fiber optic active components, and complete power systems. The company has facilities located in 56 countries serving customers in the aerospace, automotive, computer, communications, consumer electronics, industrial and power industries. Tyco Electronics provides advanced technology products from over thirty well-known and respected product brands, including Agastat, Alcoswitch, AMP, AMP Netconnect, Buchanan, CoEv, Critchley, Elcon, Elo TouchSystems, HTS, M/A-COM, Madison Cable, OEG, Potter & Brumfield, Raychem, Schrack, Simel and TDI Batteries.

About Tyco International, Ltd.

Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE: TYC; LSE: TYI; BSX: TYC), is a diversified manufacturing and service company. Tyco is the world's largest manufacturer and servicer of electrical and
electronic components; the world’s largest designer, manufacturer, installer and servicer of undersea telecommunications systems; the world's largest manufacturer, installer, and provider of fire protection systems and electronic security services; and the world’s largest manufacturer of flow control valves. Tyco also holds strong leadership positions in disposable medical products, diagnostic imaging, bulk pharmaceuticals, wound closure, plastics, and adhesives. Tyco operates in more than 100 countries and had fiscal 2000 revenues of $28.9 billion.

Media Contacts:

Fiona McIntyre
Marketing Executive
Mobile: +44 7785 308804
Tel: +44 1745 589325
Fax: +44 1745 589343

Jane Harrad-Roberts
Marketing Projects
Mobile: +44 7785 395705
Tel: +44 1244 330000
Fax: +44 1244 330101

Maryanne Kane
Tel: (508) 747-0800
Chief Communications Officer, Tyco International Ltd.

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Note to Editors:

An-depth interview with Sara Branch?

‘Exciting things’ are happening at Pinacl. The company can also provide expert comment on the ‘state of the market’ and a number of high profile case studies on, for example, London Underground, Heathrow Airport and Spanish motorways (with composite, chemical resistant cable). New products: Gigabit Ethernet & ‘sexy’ cables too!


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