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Equita Holding Secures Independence for MEN Mikro Elektronik

May 7, 2013

Strategic direction set to strengthen MEN’s US presence and support structure

AMBLER, Pa., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – In the framework of a succession plan, Equita Holding KGaA signed a purchase agreement to acquire the majority of shares in MEN Mikro Elektronik GmbH on March 26, 2013. Manfred Schmitz – in his capacity as CEO and co-founder of the company – will reinvest major portions of his shares, under participation of further members of the management team.

In the framework of the transaction, Udo Fuchs and Werner Witt, the two other founding members, will withdraw from operational business.

For over 30 years, MEN Mikro Elektronik has designed and manufactured failure-safe computer boards and systems for safety-critical applications and extreme environmental conditions, in which the components are subject to shock, humidity, dust and extreme variations in temperature.

With more than 250 employees, MEN supplies computers for control, measurement, test and simulation for all kinds of embedded systems worldwide. This includes mobile and stationary applications in the focus markets of railway technology, commercial vehicles (buses, trucks, etc.), agricultural and construction machines and civil avionics as well as further mission-critical applications for automation, power and energy, mining, shipbuilding and medical engineering.

Hans Moock, Managing Director of Equita, sees MEN as the leader in these markets and underlines the growth potential of the company: “It’s our main goal to further expand the headquarters in Nuremberg, but also the subsidiaries in France and especially the US to make even more of existing opportunities as well as to keep satisfying the customers’ needs in the international markets.”

“In Equita, we have found a partner who not only secures the autonomy of our company, which was founded in 1982, but will also support our successful growth process on a long-term basis. In general, our business structure will remain the same. We will continue serving and expanding the target markets of transportation and industry with our core competencies and high-quality controls,” stated Manfred Schmitz, who will be sole CEO after the transaction, in confirming the future direction of MEN Mikro Elektronik.

More information on MEN Mikro Elektronik GmbH is available under www.menmicro.com.

Equita is an independent industrial holding company with no bank affiliations. Its headquarters are in Bad Homburg, Germany, and the company invests in successful medium-sized companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Prerequisites for an investment are sound financial structures, a strong market position with a clear growth potential as well as a management that is willing and able to leverage this potential. Equita goes back to the business tradition of the Harald Quandt family and primarily supports internal and external growth of its associate companies.

More information is available under www.equita.de

For additional information, visit https://www.menmicro.com/corporate/about.html or contact Stephen Cunha, MEN Micro Inc., 24 N. Main Street, Ambler, Pa. 19002; Phone: 215-542-9575; Fax: 215-542-9577; E-mail: Stephen.Cunha@menmicro.com.

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About MEN Micro Inc.
Since its inception, MEN Micro has focused on innovation, reliability and flexibility to develop standard and custom embedded boards and systems that employ the highest technology and innovations. The company provides a robust offering of highly reliable embedded computing and I/O solutions widely used in extreme environmental conditions found in industrial and safety-critical applications.

MEN Micro offers more than 100 standard embedded boards and systems based on Intel and PowerPC with corresponding BIOS, BSP and driver software as well as a host of custom solutions.  In addition to CompactPCI, CompactPCI PlusIO, CompactPCI Serial and VMEbus SBCs, the company’s products include DAL and SIL certifiable safe computer assemblies; ESMexpress, ESMini and ESM Computer-On-Modules; PMC, XMC and M-Modules as system-independent mezzanine I/O standards; box and panel PCs; and network components, gateways and Ethernet switches.

Starting with development, through design-in and beyond, MEN Micro provides its customers with advice and support as well as environmental qualification services in accordance with industry standards. MEN Micro is the US subsidiary of MEN Mikro Elektronik in Germany, which has over 200 employees worldwide and is a member of several industry associations, consortiums and alliances.

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