Ninety years ago, the Ottoman empire ended. What’s now known as IBM was formed. Walt Disney created his first cartoon, “Alice’s Wonderland.” It was the first ever Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The first Winter Olympic Games were held in the French Alps.
All of these things have had had a lasting effect on our culture, but our vote for most interesting and exciting event from 1924 was the formation of Hirschmann. Ninety years of reliable and unsurpassed quality. What an accomplishment!
Hirschmann has made many contributions to the world of industrial networking, including pioneering the development and use of Ethernet as a standard for industrial control systems.
Our friends from around the world took a moment to congratulate Hirschmann on all its success over the last 90 years.
It was an exciting day at Belden as we had an opportunity to ring The Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Our President and CEO, John Stroup, led other members of our senior management team on the podium.
John was joined by Henk Derksen, our CFO, Kevin Bloomfield, general counsel, Michelle Long, senior VP, Tax, Jeremy Parks, VP, FP&A and treasurer, Brian Anderson, corporate attorney, Matt Tractenberg, VP, Investor Relations and Tim Lenze, investor relations analyst.
This effort was secured by our investor relations team as a way to shed light on some of our significant accomplishments over the past few years.
Belden has been on a mission since the mid-2000s to transform our product portfolio. Sure, everyone knows us as a high quality, innovative cable company, but how many people are truly aware that we can take that cable, put a connector on it and hook it up to a switch to create an end-to-end solution?
What do you do when you have high quality systems and you want the world to know about it?
You might be familiar with the popular line, “if you build it, they will come…”
So that’s what we did. We put together the most extensive demonstration of our systems and solutions ever produced at Belden. We’re calling it our Customer Collaboration Center.
Over 12,000 votes came in for Smart Grid News' Top 13 Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2013.
12,000. That's pretty impressive if you think about it.
And it looks like a good portion of those 12,000 came in for Belden! We were named one of the top 13! It's a great honor and we're so grateful to everyone who voted. I have to say, I kind of felt like the guy in the photo when I found out this morning. It's a really exciting victory. Especially because we're up there with some huge players in the industry, like Cisco, Schneider Electric and Sensus.
Belden has been nominated for SmartGridNews.com’s annual Top 13 Smart Grid Companies to Watch contest. We have already made it through the first round and we’re on to the final vote.
Here's how we play in the Smart Grid space: With products in 75 percent of the top 100 power utilities in North America, Belden has a powerful platform from which to expand in 2013. Substations are at the heart of the smart grid data collection and management activity. In the past five years, the company has acquired Hirschmann, GarrettCom and Byres Security, which complement its wire and cable division to provide a communications solution that is substation-hardened to meet the harsh conditions found in power utility T&D operations. Having spent the last year consolidating its position and bringing another two key accounts into the fold (ABB and Schneider), Belden is looking forward to 2013 where it expects to increase sales in both direct markets and through OEMs because of its substation-specific end-to-end connectivity solution and position as the only vendor-agnostic supplier of hardened communications components to substation automation manufacturing companies
They say inspiration can come from anywhere. Last week, I was inspired by Heather MacKenzie at Tofino Security and her post on their popularSCADA Security blog (and ours!). It was like a year in review - These were the most important topics for SCADA Security in 2012.
Heather took a look at the blog’s stats and was able to determine which posts throughout the year were the most popular. That got me curious.
We launched this blog on April 16, 2012 after a lot of work from me and several of my dedicated co-workers. There was a tremendous amount of prepping behind the scenes to get everything ready and a handful of already very busy Belden-ites had to make a significant commitment to deliver content on a weekly basis.