The Laird Group plc, a holding company, engages in the design, manufacture, and supply of products and services to the electronics and the residential building industries. The company principally operates in North America, Europe, and across Asia. DIVISIONS Laird markets electronics and security systems globally that operates its business in two core divisions, Laird Technologies and Laird Security Systems. Laird Technologies Division The company’s laird technologies division supplies telecommunications, data transfer and information technology, as well as to the automotive, aerospace and defence, consumer electronics, medical and industrial markets internationally. In the global market the laird technologies division engages in the design and supply of both electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding solutions and wireless handset antennae. Laird Technologies Division also engages in the design and supply of thermal management products and solutions for electronic devices and has an increasing presence in the emerging markets of telematics and Wi-Fi. Its products, often codesigned in conjunction with its customers, are critical in protecting or enhancing the performance of electronic devices. Laird technologies division provides absorbers and shielding for EMI and antennae pattern improvement on military platforms and on-board electronics. In October 2004 Laird Technologies acquired Centurion Wireless Technologies, which engages in the design and supply of antennae for wireless handsets and land mobile radios, and which has a growing presence in the emerging markets of telematics and Wi-Fi globally. The company has sales offices in Korea and Taiwan. Laird Security Systems Division The company’s laird security systems division engages in the design, development, manufacture, and distribution of improved solutions to improve performance and improve protection and security for the residential building and home improvement markets. It offers security and hardware products for doors and windows. It provides products and solutions, including window and door hardware, composite doors, conservatories and specialist windows, uPVC profiles and products and weather-stripping seals. Laird Lifestyle Products manufactures low maintenance uPVC windows, composite and GRP entrance doors and conservatories, which are sold through major DIY retailers throughout the U.K. The laird security systems integrate its global capabilities in its door hardware range of locks, hinges, and door furniture. This growth was achieved in both the U.K. and North America. In 2005 the company expects to see further growth in the volumes of product manufactured in Asia, both as a result of continuing growth in its hardware products in the U.S. and with the further transfer of production from one of the U.K. facilities. In January 2005 the company acquired Cateron. Cateron is supplies EMI shielding fabric over foam gaskets and tape to the global PC notebook market. Discontinued Operations: In October 2004 the company completed the divestment of Laird Plastics, its North American plastics distribution business, to a subsidiary of the Blackfriars Corporation. Customers The company’s major customers include Panasonic, Sony, Fujitsu, LG Electronics and Samsung.
laird plc (LARRF:OTC US)
100 Pall Mall
London, SW1Y 5NQ
Phone: 44 20 7468 4040
Fax: 44 20 7839 2921www.laird-plc.com
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