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07/09/01 – Rhyl, North Wales, UK – The optical fibre cable group of Pinacl Ltd., a part of Tyco Electronics, announced today it has signed a deal with Auriga, specialist fibre optic distributors of networking products. Auriga’s experience in the networking market spans over ten years. They are now the largest specialist distributor in the UK.

Auriga visited Pinacl at its manufacturing plant in North Wales to learn more about the product range, service and quality values in place there.

Graham Lipson, managing director of Auriga;
"Pinacl cables will be a fantastic addition to our fibre optic product range. Pinacl has an excellent reputation for quality and delivery. Their product range complements our existing blue chip partners. With its comprehensive range of bespoke and pre-designed cable, a unique partnership approach and dedicated account teams, Pinacl can react quickly to customer needs.”

Sara Branch, business manager of the Pinacl fibre optic cable group;
“Auriga is now able to offer a wider range of stocked and bespoke fibre optic cables and products to its customers. The fibre optic product portfolio offered by Auriga is one of the most extensive offered by any company in the networking distribution industry.

Auriga has already been a key distribution partner of AMP for more than 10 years and the association with Pinacl is a natural expansion of this.”

Pinacl recently won a Queen’s Award for its export of fibre optic cable.


Photo Caption: Graham Lipson, Managing Director of Auriga, (seated left), Klaus Friedrich, Regional Business Director (EMEA) Tyco Electronics, (back right), Christian Struever, Director Operations & Business Development (EMEA) Tyco, (back left), Sara Branch, Business Director, Pinacl, (seated, centre), Julian Riley, Business Manager, UK & Ireland, Tyco (seated right).

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Background Information follows:

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 in January 2001.

Main markets for the company are in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Recent sales success, includes a Queen’s Award for Export. Clients include Cable & Wireless, THALES, ITT, Molex and Telewest. World-wide sales are backed by an impressive network of distributors.

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 with an investment of over £2 million. Production has increased 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.

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).

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About Auriga

Auriga is one of the leading distributors of networking products with a specialist focus on fibre optics. The company’s prime objective is to provide Europe's best network component and accessory supply, with knowledgeable technical support to back this up.

Established in 1989, with its head office in Milton Keynes, Auriga has extensive warehousing to serve a specialised off-the-shelf component and accessory market. It offers a consistent high quality, up-to-date and comprehensive range of products from market leading manufacturers. Ex-stock availability, using "next-day" delivery services within the UK, ensures competitive prices.

One of the best known distributors of fibre optic components and accessories, Auriga is now able to supply products for the full networking solution, with a complete sales and support service available online, from the catalogue, and over the phone.

Auriga maintains an effective quality system meeting the requirements of the international Standard BS EN ISO 9002 and is regularly reviewed by an external Certification Body.

The company name comes from the constellation of Auriga, the charioteer, in the northern hemisphere.

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About Pinacl

Pinacl, a part of Tyco Electronics Ltd, provides integrated communication and networking solutions to enable organisations – particularly in local government, healthcare, education and financial markets – to benefit from the effective use of Information Technology and the Internet.

With revenue in excess of £30m, the services division employs over 200 people at its regional offices in North Wales and London. The core competencies of the division include project management, advanced network integration and solutions design, support and network monitoring services and managed service provision.

Partners include global networking vendors Cisco, Nortel Networks, ITT and Brand Rex.

For more information, visit the 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 51 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, BSE: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 specialty valves. Tyco also holds strong leadership positions in medical device products, financing and leasing capital, plastics and adhesives. Tyco operates in more than 100 countries and had fiscal 2000 revenues of $28.9 billion.

Media Contacts:

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

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

Maryanne Kane
Chief Communications Officer
Tel: 508-747-0800

Graham Lipson
Managing Director, Auriga Ltd.
Tel : +44 1908 651109
Fax: +44 1908 651108

Pinacl and Tyco are trademarks. Other products, logos, and Company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Note to Editors: An-depth interview?

‘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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