OMRON Acquires Chinese Power Latching Relay Manufacturer Aiming to Expand and Strengthen OMRON's Relay Business

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 9, 2011

Kyoto, Japan - OMRON Corporation today announced that OMRON (China) Co., Ltd. (OMRON's China Group Head Office) and Shanghai Best Electrical Appliance Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as "BST") entered into an equity transfer agreement on September 8, under which OMRON (China) will acquire a 100% stake in BST. BST is a manufacturer of power latching relays* in China.

In smart grids, which are expected to see a rapid increase in demand, smart meters will become a mainstay device as an interface for connecting power grids with commercial buildings or individual homes. Load switching units for directly controlling the supply of power to smart meters employ power latching relays.

In China, where smart meters are now in the introductory stage, power latching relays for smart meters have high growth potential. In fact, power latching relay sales in China are expected to account for about 65% (quantity basis) of worldwide sales by fiscal 2015, growing into a 15-20 billion yen business.

BST commands the leading position in the Chinese market for power latching relays, with a share of approximately 30%. The company has also gained a competitive advantage through its high-mix, low-volume production system and by enhancing productivity through the use of modular parts.

Aiming to further expand and strengthen its relay business, OMRON looks to make a quick entry into China, a new high-growth market for power latching relays, and secure a robust competitive position. The decision to acquire BST is a step toward realizing this goal. Through the acquisition of BST, OMRON will aim for sales of 5 billion yen for power latching relays in 2015 through synergy of both companies' strengths.

Overview of BST

Company Name Shanghai Best Electrical Appliance Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Business Development, manufacture and marketing of power latching relays
Representative YANG Zheng, President and General Manager
Capital RMB 2,000,000
Established 1994
Location Wudong Road, Shanghai
Employees 250
Sales Revenue RMB 79,285,000 (Year ended March 31, 2010)
Note: Latching relay
General relays switch the contacts on/off when electrical current is passed through the coil. Latching relays have two coils: set and reset, and can retain the last state even after a pulsating voltage is switched off. A pulse of reversed polarity is required to change the state of a latching relay.

About OMRON

Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation. Established in 1933 and headed by President and CEO Yoshihito Yamada, OMRON has more than 33,000 employees in 34 countries working to provide products and services to customers in a variety of fields including industrial automation, electronic components industries, social systems and healthcare. The company is divided into five regions and head offices are in Japan (Kyoto), Asia Pacific (Singapore), China (Shanghai), Europe (Amsterdam) and US (Chicago). For more information, visit OMRON's Web site at https://www.omron.com/

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OMRON Corporate Communications Department
Tel.: +81-3-6718-3430

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