S&C Electric Co. purchases adaptive VAR Compensator product line from Trench

Chicago, IL, June 20, 2002 — S&C Electric Co. has purchased the Adaptive VAR Compensator product line from Trench Limited of Canada. This addition, to be marketed as the PureWave AVC(tm) Adaptive VAR Compensator, further enhances S&C’s leadership position in power quality solutions.

The PureWave AVC is a distribution-class static VAR compensator that utilizes power-electronic switching to provide variable amounts of reactive compensation on a cycle-by-cycle basis. The PureWave AVC continuously monitors load conditions and matches its output to the requirement of the load, providing real-time VAR compensation. Typical applications for this device include voltage-support, voltage-flicker, and power-factor correction for dynamically varying industrial loads, such as welding operations and large motor drives.

The PureWave AVC Adaptive VAR Compensator is the newest member of S&C’s PureWave(r) family of power-electronic switching systems, which includes the PureWave(r) Source-Transfer System, PureWave UPS(tm) System, PureWave DVR(tm) Dynamic Voltage Restorer, and PureWave DSTATCOM(r) Distribution Static Compensator.

Trench pioneered the AVC technology in 1990 in cooperation with the University of Washington, and has since placed over 65 units into service. With the diverse number of power quality issues facing the industry, Trench felt that the AVC would be even more successful as a member of S&C’s PureWave family of solutions. S&C will support the entire base of existing AVC installations.

About S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric Company, headquartered in Chicago, IL, specializes in the development and manufacture of innovative products for the electric power industry, as well as the delivery of comprehensive, expert services for this industry. The company has engineering offices and manufacturing facilities in Chicago, IL, and East Troy, WI. S&C subsidiaries operate in Alameda, CA; Toronto, Canada; Curitiba, Brazil; and Suzhou, China. For more information visit www.sandc.com.

About Trench Limited of Canada
Trench Limited of Canada, a subsidiary of Trench Electric B. V. (Netherlands), is an industry leader in power engineering, and the design and manufacture of high-voltage equipment for utility and industrial customers worldwide. Trench maintains operations in Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and has joint ventures in China. For more information visit www.trenchgroup.com.

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