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American Power Conversion (APC) -
End-to-End Nonstop Networking

Across the globe APC is present wherever data is created, transmitted, or stored

American Power Conversion (APC) provides protection against many of the primary causes of data loss, hardware damage and downtime. Founded in 1981, APC is a leading provider of global, end-to-end AC and DC-based back-up power products and services, which include surge suppressors, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), power conditioning equipment, power management software and DC power systems as well as precision cooling equipment and professional and consulting services for 'Non-stop Networking'. APC, known for 'Legendary Reliability', sets the standard for quality, innovation and support for power protection solutions, from desktop systems to data center operations to entire facilities. Its comprehensive solutions, which are designed for both home and corporate environments, improve the manageability, availability and performance of sensitive electronic, network, communication and industrial equipment of all sizes.

APC sets itself apart from the competition in several ways:
- Global one-stop - APC provides worldwide access to “best-of-breed” offerings
- Financial strength - APC’s financial position make it an attractive partner
- Efficient manufacturing - APC provides high quality products to customers worldwide
- Innovative product offerings - APC designs solutions to address real customer needs


With the introduction of InfraStruXure, APC has pioneered open, adaptable and integrated solutions that redefine how Network-critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI) is implemented. InfraStruXure closes the gap between advancements in IT technology and its supporting power and cooling requirements. Paralleling the streamlining of IT systems, InfraStruXure is power and cooling architecture made up of modular, highly manageable, pre-engineered components, providing a seamless and secure foundation upon which to build your entire IT environment.

APC's corporate mission

APC’s mission is to delight customers by improving the manageability, availability and performance of information and communication systems through rapid development and delivery of innovative solutions to real customer problems.

Global presence

APC’s corporate offices are located in West Kingston, Rhode Island. The company has sales offices throughout the world; manufacturing facilities in the US, Ireland, Switzerland, Philippines, China, India and Brazil, shipping products to nearly 120 countries. In 2002, 55 per cent of APC’s revenues were in the Americas (North and Latin America), 29 per cent was in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 16 per cent was in Asia. As of 31 December 2002, APC had approximately 5,400 full-time employees worldwide.

APC history

Three Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Labs’ electronic power engineers founded American Power Conversion in 1981. At the time, the research and development efforts of the company were focused on solar power. Over the next few years, APC shifted its focus to power protection introducing its first UPS, the 750, in 1984. The need for capital to support this growing business was satisfied in July 1988 when APC became a publicly traded company. The stock, 'APCC', was priced at $7.50, or $.125 per share adjusted for stock splits.

Over the years, APC has developed a global, end-to-end, product offering targeted at key strategic application areas: home/small office; business networks; access providers; and data centres and facilities. Internal product development has been augmented with strategic acquisitions to form an industry leading product portfolio. Throughout the world, the APC brand has become synonymous with quality power back-up and management solutions.

Key application areas

Today, the company focuses its efforts on four key application areas:

- Home/home office
- Business networks
- Access provider networks
- Data Centres and facilities

Each requires customised efforts for products, sales and marketing, but each has a common theme: high availability is increasingly essential. APC is positioning itself to be the preferred brand worldwide in all four of these application areas.

Recognition and awards

Over the years, APC has received hundreds of awards worldwide - more than any other UPS manufacturer. Such designations have recognised APC both for its reliable solutions and its overall business performance. The company is part of the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq 100 Index and is listed among the most recent Fortune 1000, Forbes Platinum 400, and Forbes 500 annual rankings. In October 2003, APC was named on Business 2.0 Magazine’s list of the '100 Fastest Growing Technology Companies.' For its products, APC has received hundreds of awards worldwide recognising the reliability and innovation of its products.

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