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Technitrol to acquire mobile handset antenna business

Posted: 12 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless? handset? notebook? computer? pda?

Technitrol Inc. has agreed to acquire LK Products Oy (LK), a producer of antennas and modules, from Filtronic PLC. LK's products are used in wireless applications for handsets, notebook computers, PDAs and similar wireless devices.

LK is based in Kempele, Finland and has additional production operations in China and Hungary as well as offices in South Korea and San Diego, California. It employs more than 100 R&D personnel and holds 250 active and pending patents. Its patents span the areas of RF technology, manufacturing processes, mechanical characteristics and component integration strategy.

Pulse and LK will continue working with LK's former parent Filtronic on various technology development projects aimed at the introduction of new generation wireless communication products. Based in London, Filtronic is a global designer and manufacturer of customized microwave electronic subsystems and components for the wireless telecommunications and defense industries.

LK will be the cornerstone of Pulse's antenna products division, and its chief executive officer, Jouni Anttila, will become vice president, Antenna Products at Pulse. He will report to Alan Benjamin, Senior Vice President of Pulse, who will lead Pulse's newly formed Signal Products Group, which also includes the networking (LAN) and telecom product divisions. Pulse's remaining product divisions (connectors, consumer, power and mil/aero) will form the Power Products Group which, in addition to worldwide sales, will report to John Houston, also a Pulse senior vice president.

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