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Richardson RFPD and Sapa Sign China Distribution Deal

June 20, 2012 Press Release

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-- Custom Solutions Now Available for Richardson RFPD's Thermal Management Customers in China

June 20, 2012 – LaFox, Illinois: Richardson RFPD, Inc. today announced it has completed an agreement to distribute product from Sapa Group ("Sapa"), a global manufacturer of aluminum solutions. Through this agreement, Richardson RFPD is able to support its customers in China with thermal management solutions from the Sapa Profiles (Jiangyin) Co. Ltd plant that opened in February of 2012.

Sapa is the largest aluminum extrusion producer in the world, with operations in Europe, North America and Asia. Sapa partnered with Richardson RFPD as an Asia distributor due to Richardson RFPD's global footprint and ability to offer customers technical solutions in a cost effective manner.

“Richardson RFPD has a long history of supplying their customers with total solutions for power and thermal management requirements," said Steve Jackson, Business Development Manager-Thermal Products for Sapa Extrusions North America. "Richardson RFPD offers the technical knowledge and outstanding customer service that Sapa demands of itself and our partners.”

"We have several loyal customers in China who are manufacturing high power—10kW and above—inverters for various applications," said Kevin Connor, Richardson RFPD's Vice President of Energy, Power & Interconnect. "We know these customers have custom thermal management requirements that we have been unable to address in the past, because we lacked a local manufacturing source. Sapa provides us with the resources necessary to serve our customers needing air-cooled and liquid-cold plate thermal solutions."

"We recognize Richardson RFPD as a specialty source in high power applications," said Anne-Christine Roulet, Sapa Group Sales Manager, Asia. "The relationships they have built within the renewable and industrial markets allow us, through their specialty sales force, to better address a focused niche that we believe fits well with our thermal capabilities."

Richardson RFPD's China field sales engineering team has begun assisting circuit designers to integrate Sapa thermal management solutions into inverter designs. For technical information or to purchase SAPA products, please visit the Sapa storefront on the Richardson RFPD website.

About Sapa
Sapa Group is the world´s leading provider of solutions based on aluminum extrusions (profiles). Sapa develops, manufactures and markets value-added extrusions, extrusion-based building systems and heat exchanger solutions in the light-weight material aluminum. Sapa is divided into the business areas Sapa Profiles (Extrusions), Sapa Building System and Sapa Heat Transfer.

Sapa has operations in 33 countries, including 16 locations in North America. Sapa is wholly owned by Norwegian company, Orkla ASA.

About Richardson RFPD, Inc.:
Richardson RFPD, Inc., an Arrow Electronics company, is a global leader in the RF and wireless communications, power conversion and renewable energy markets. Relationships with the industry’s top component suppliers enable Richardson RFPD to meet the total engineering needs of each customer. Whether it’s designing components or engineering complete solutions, Richardson RFPD’s worldwide design centers and technical sales team provide support for all aspects of customers’ go-to-market strategy, from prototype to production.  More information is available online at

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For details, contact:
Dave Rossdeutcher
Director, Global Marketing - Energy, Power & Interconnect
Phone: (630) 208-2700
40W267 Keslinger Road
P.O. Box 307
LaFox, Illinois 60147-0307

Posted  6/15/2012

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