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Profile: Belden Inc (BDC.N)

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Belden Inc. (Belden), incorporated on May 18, 1988, is a signal transmission solutions provider. The Company's portfolio of signal transmission solutions provides transmission of data, sound, and video for mission critical applications. The Company's segments include Broadcast Solutions (Broadcast), Enterprise Connectivity Solutions (Enterprise), Industrial Connectivity Solutions (Industrial Connectivity), Industrial IT Solutions and Network Security Solutions (Network Security). The Company sells its products to distributors, end users, installers, and directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The Company operates in the United States, Canada, China and Germany. Its brands include Belden, Alpha Wire, Mohawk, West Penn Wire, Hirschmann, Lumberg Automation, SignalTight, GarrettCom, Poliron, Tofino, PPC, Grass Valley, ProSoft Technology and Tripwire.

Broadcast Solutions

The Broadcast segment provides production, distribution, and connectivity systems for television broadcast, cable, satellite and Internet Protocol (IP) television industries. Belden's customers in markets include outside broadcast, sport venues, broadcast studios, and cable, broadband, satellite, and telecommunications service providers. Its products are used in a range of applications, including live production signal management, program playout for broadcasters, monitoring for pay-television operators and broadband connectivity. Broadcast's products and solutions include camera mounted fiber solutions, interfaces and routers, broadcast and audio-visual cable solutions, monitoring systems, playout systems, outside plant connectivity products, and other cable and connectivity products.

The Company's hardware and software solutions for the broadcast infrastructure industry offer various services to television operations, including production, content management, playout and delivery. For the broadband distribution industry, the Company manufactures copper-clad coaxial cable and associated connector products for the transmission of data, sound and video (broadband) that are used for the drop section of cable television (CATV) systems and satellite direct broadcast systems. Its connectivity solutions include several product categories, such as coax connector products that allow for connections from the provider network to the subscribers' devices; hardline connectors that allow service providers to distribute their services within a city, a town, or a neighborhood; entry devices that serve to manage and remove network signal noise that could impair performance for the subscriber, and traps and filtering devices that allow service providers to control the signals that are transmitted to the subscriber.

The Broadcast segment manufactures a range of multiconductor and coaxial cable and connector products, which distribute audio and video signals for use in broadcast television, including digital television and high definition television, broadcast radio, pre- and post-production facilities, recording studios and public facilities, such as casinos, arenas, and stadiums. The Broadcast segment's audio/video cables are also used in connection with microphones, musical instruments, audio mixing consoles, effects equipment, speakers, paging systems, and consumer audio products. It also provides specialized cables for security applications, such as video surveillance systems, airport baggage screening, building access control, motion detection, public address systems and advanced fire alarm systems. Broadcast products are sold through a range of channels, including broadcast specialty distributors; audio systems installers; directly to music OEMs and the television networks, including ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC; directly to broadband service providers, including Comcast, DirectTV and Time Warner, and directly to specialty system integrators and other distributors.

Enterprise Connectivity Solutions

The Enterprise segment provides network infrastructure solutions for enterprise customers. The Enterprise segment serves customers in markets, such as healthcare, education, financial and government. Its products are used in applications, such as data centers, local area networks, access control and building automation. Enterprise provides end-to-end copper and fiber network systems to include cable, assemblies, interconnect panels and enclosures. Enterprise products also include intelligent power, cooling and airflow management for mission-critical data center operations. The Enterprise product portfolio is designed to support Internet protocol convergence, the use of wireless communications and cloud-based data centers by its customers. Its systems are installed through a network of trained system integrators and are supplied through authorized distributors.

Industrial Connectivity Solutions

The Industrial Connectivity segment provides infrastructure components and connectivity systems for a range of industrial automation applications. The Industrial Connectivity segment's customers in markets include discrete automation, process automation, oil and gas, power generation, power transmission and distribution, and mobile automation. Its products are used in applications, such as network and fieldbus infrastructure; sensor and actuator connectivity; power, control and data transmission, and mobile machines. Industrial Connectivity products include solutions, such as industrial and input/output (I/O) connectors, industrial cables, IP and networking cables, I/O modules, distribution boxes, customer specific wiring solutions and load-moment indicator systems, as well as controllers and sensors for the mobile crane market.

The Company's industrial cable products are used in manufacturing and process operations involving the connection of computers, programmable controllers, robots, operator interfaces, motor drives, sensors, printers and other devices. The industrial environments, such as petrochemical and other harsh-environment operations, require cables with exterior armor or jacketing that can endure physical abuse and exposure to chemicals, extreme temperatures and outside elements. The other applications require conductors, insulating and jacketing materials that can withstand repeated flexing. In addition to cable product configurations for these applications, it supplies heat-shrinkable tubing and wire management products to protect and organize wire and cable assemblies. Its industrial connector products are used as sensor and actuator connections in factory automation supporting various fieldbus protocols, as well as power connections in building automation. These products are used both as components of manufacturing equipment and in the installation and networking of such equipment. Industrial Connectivity products are sold directly to industrial equipment OEMs and through a network of industrial distributors, resellers and system integrators.

Industrial IT Solutions

The Industrial IT Solutions segment provides mission-critical networking systems. The Industrial IT Solutions segment's customers in markets include discrete automation, process automation, energy and transportation systems, and its products are used in such applications as network infrastructure, wireless and security. Industrial IT products include security devices, Ethernet switches and related equipment, routers and gateways, network management software and wireless systems. Its industrial Ethernet switches and related equipment can be both rail-mounted and rack-mounted, and are used for factory automation, power generation and distribution, process automation and infrastructure projects, such as bridges, wind farms and airport runways. Rail-mounted switches are designed to withstand harsh conditions, including electronic interference and mechanical stresses. The Industrial IT product portfolio supports the continued deployment of industrial Ethernet technology throughout industrial manufacturing processes. Industrial IT products are sold directly to end-use customers, directly to OEMs and through distributors.

Network Security Solutions

The Network Security segment provides threat protection, security and compliance solutions for mission-critical networks. Network Security delivers software and services to prevent, detect and respond to business cyber-threats. It has customers in markets, such as utilities and energy, retail and consumer, healthcare, financial services and insurance, government, and media and telecommunications. The Network Security product portfolio of enterprise-class security solutions includes configuration and policy management, file integrity monitoring, vulnerability management and log intelligence. Its Network Security products are sold directly to end-use customers.

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Belden Inc

1 N Brentwood Blvd Floor 15th
ST. LOUIS   MO   63105-3925
P: +1314.8548000

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