Orolia, Rapco Announce Strategic Partnership

April 24, 2008  - By
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European timing and frequency technology players Orolia and Rapco Electronics Ltd. have formed a strategic partnership for technology development and distribution.

Specifically, Orolia Group companies Spectracom and SpectraTime will join the existing alliance between Pendulum Instruments — recently acquired by Orolia — and Rapco Electronics to cooperate on several fronts, including global distribution channels, operations, and new product development efforts. U.K.-based Rapco Electronics will represent and distribute Spectracom and Pendulum products in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the companies said. Outside of this region, both Pendulum and Spectracom will distribute key Rapco products under their own respective brands.

In addition to sales, Orolia and Rapco Electronics will combine service and support for the United Kingdom and Ireland in Rapco’s Basingstoke, U.K. headquarters. Serving as a single point of contact, Rapco will provide its and Orolia Group customers a high level of local service and support for standard time and frequency products, unique applications, systems and custom engineered applications, the companies said.

The partnership will also enable Rapco Electronics to enhance its ability to provide custom timing and frequency systems for defense and space customers, given its access to Orolia technology, according to the two partners. Technology sharing and operational efficiencies between them will also enable a higher degree of innovation and lower times to market for their customers, the companies said.

“Orolia and Rapco Electronics complement each other very well, and we are very excited about our new relationship,” said Yves Courtois, Orolia chairman and CEO. “By joining forces, we believe we can boost Orolia’s presence in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and substantially accelerate our worldwide development in defense and space timing and synchronization, a corner stone to large system integration.”

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