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For immediate release - May, 2003

SIEMON CELEBRATES ITS 100TH BIRTHDAY WITH GLOBAL EXPANSION

By 2006, analysts predict that the global structured cabling market will be approaching US $6 billion.

Siemon, leading manufacturer of standards-based structured cabling, is celebrating its 100th birthday this year with plans for continued global expansion to meet the demand of the growing worldwide market.

President of The Siemon Company, Carl N. Siemon says: "Nearly two thirds of this spending will be outside the US. Our plans are to position ourselves to capture a share of this business. Siemon already offers a comprehensive array of cabling solutions to support the global market and with the new plans we are now implementing, we are able to locally support our enterprise customers around the world."

"My great grandfather established this business in 1903, and over the past century the company has seen tremendous growth. It is with utmost confidence in our people, products and services that we now set our sights on global presence in the next century. We have already made tremendous headway and are now on target to meet our goal."

At a time when many companies are downsizing, Siemon is investing in its future. The company already has operations across the globe, including the US, UK, Canada, Mexico, South America, China, Australia and Southeast Asia. In 2002, Siemon expanded its presence to Italy, Germany, France, India and Korea, and this year, the company plans to open an office in Japan.

EMEA (Europe, Middle east and Africa) is the focal point of much of Siemon's current investment: "We have opened offices in Paris, Frankfurt and Milan recruiting high-profile industry specialists as an extension to our existing resources in the UK," said Keith Astin, Managing Director of Siemon EMEA. "The market continues to be fragile and in some areas significantly depressed, but at Siemon we continue to expand and invest. One great example of this investment would be our Tera™, the world's first commercially available and standards-approved class F/category 7 product"

With many industry firsts, including first to market with a fully copper and fibre cabling Category 6 product and the first standards-recognised industrial Ethernet connectivity, Siemon has established itself as a leader in the field of network cabling.

Still privately owned by the Siemon family, the company has continued to expand over the last 100 years and has diversified its products to suit the market. It launched in 1903 as Siemon Hard Rubber Company in Springfield, Massachusetts, producing plastic components primarily for Western Electric, the manufacturing arm of Bell System and predecessor to AT&T. Since then the company has produced a multitude of moulded plastic products, including plates, records and light switches. However, in the 1960s Siemon began specialising in telecommunications components.

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Siemon, founded in the USA in 1903, is a proven global technology leader in the design and manufacture of standards-based structured cabling systems and components.

Headquartered in Watertown, Connecticut, Siemon today has 20 offices in 12 countries. Its EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) regional headquarters are located in Woking in Surrey, UK.

Siemon's structured cabling systems include the full range of Cat 5e to proposed Cat 7 copper connectivity solutions as well as fibre optics alongside a full offering of supporting passive technology. It provides individually tailored turn-key installations for multi-site and multinational customers in retail, commercial, industrial, government and residential markets.

The company is also a world leader in research and development of cabling technology and is an active participant in current and future international cabling standard setting bodies.

Siemon holds ISO9001, 9002 and 14001 accreditation and its Certified Installer Training Course attracts points towards BICSI RCDD accreditation.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Susannah Hines
Hallmark Public Relations
+44 (0)1962 863850
susannah.hines@hallmarkpr.co.uk


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