Richardson RFPD and Sapa Sign China Distribution Deal
June 20, 2012 Press Release
-- 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
“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
"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
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