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Emerson Network Power Australia Acquires Knurr Distributor Ricon

  • 17 May, 2007 11:04

<p>Emerson Network Power Australia, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity™, has completed the acquisition of Ricon, the local distributor of premium computer rack maker Knurr.</p>
<p>The acquisition will further complement Emerson’s distribution portfolio of power protection, precision cooling and premium racking solutions, making it a one-stop source for power, cooling and equipment solutions for next-generation data centres.</p>
<p>Emerson Network Power announced the global acquisition of German rack-maker Knurr in 2006, but until now Australian company Ricon, which has been fabricating the German-made Knurr products in its Botany factory for the past 10 years, has locally distributed the product.</p>
<p>“The rack is an important component in the effective management of data centres and other critical facilities as intelligence and support migrate from room-level systems to rack mounts,” says David Scott, Managing Director, Emerson Network Power Australia.</p>
<p>“We’ve enhanced Knurr’s unique rack system with a family of standard Liebert components that add cooling, power distribution, cabling management and monitoring capabilities. This will provide data centre and facilities managers with more flexibility, reliability and efficiency in solving common rack-related IT problems, such as cable management, effective temperature control and rack-level power distribution."</p>
<p>The Ricon acquisition will see a host of new customers joining the Emerson fold, and will unify the management of a number of customers that already use both Knurr and Liebert products in their businesses. One such customer is local building services consultancy Medland Mitropoulos.</p>
<p>“My most recent dealing was a banking client that required a high-spec cabinet in a two-day timeframe after a competitor’s cabinet was delivered and failed to meet the required specification,” says Shane Mercer, Project Engineer, Medland Mitropoulos. “Ricon assembled the cabinet frames and delivered them onsite, which meant the project could proceed without delay.”</p>
<p>Ricon established a relationship as the sole distributor of Knurr products in Australia and New Zealand in the late 1980s, and is today a leading supplier of the latest 19-inch network enclosures, cabinets, cubicles and racks, covering the LAN, WAN, data networking, electronic, electrical, information technology and telecommunications industries.</p>
<p>The acquisition also sees Ricon co-founders and directors Richard Wixon and Steve Ververis join Emerson’s growing staff of industry professionals in Australia.</p>
<p>“Emerson’s global acquisition of Knurr has meant these premium products are now well placed to take the next step up the value ladder and join a family of globally-acknowledged complementary products for business-critical applications in the data centre,” says Wixon.</p>
<p>“The combination of Emerson Knurr racks, Liebert power protection and precision cooling systems is the number one solution portfolio anywhere in the world for mission-critical data centre environments, proven by the blue chip list of customers we share both locally and overseas.”</p>
<p>About Emerson Network Power</p>
<p>Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), provides a full spectrum of reliable power solutions, including inbound power, connectivity, power supplies, power protection systems and precision cooling, backed by the largest global services organisation in the power industry. Emerson Network Power serves the needs of telecommunications networks, data centres, health care and industrial facilities worldwide. For information, visit</p>
<p>About Emerson</p>
<p>St. Louis-based Emerson is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers in process control; electronics and telecommunications; industrial automation; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; and appliance and tools. Sales in fiscal 2006 were US$20.1 billion.</p>

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