American Power Conversion 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 Nonstop 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 solutions - APC provides worldwide access to "best-of-breed" offerings;
- Financial strength - APC's financial strength makes 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.
APC’s InfraStruXure is on-demand architecture for network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI). The InfraStruXure design, which integrates power, cooling, rack, management and services, allows the selection of standardized, modular components to create a customized solution. This standardization coupled with the APC Design Portal enables an easily scalable architecture designed to meet changing needs and future expansion. This patent-pending approach provides increased availability, improved adaptability and speed of deployment as well as lowered total cost of ownership for IT environments – from wiring closets to computer rooms to data centers.
APC'S CORPORATE MISSION
The mission of APC is to create delighted 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.
APC’s corporate offices are located in West Kingston, Rhode Island. The Company has sales offices throughout the world; manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Philippines, China, India, and Brazil; and ships product to approximately 160 countries. In 2005, 52% of APC’s revenues were in the Americas (North and Latin America), 30% were in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 18% were in Asia. As of December 31, 2005, APC had approximately 7,580 full-time employees worldwide.
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 these three men 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 held company. The stock, trading under the symbol "APCC," was priced at $7.50, or $.125 per share when adjusted for stock splits.
Over the years, APC has developed a global, end-to-end, product offering targeted at four strategic application areas: Home/Small Office; Business Networks; Access Providers; and Data Centers & 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 Centers and Facilities
Each requires customized 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.