SALT LAKE CITY – Oct. 27, 2008 – Utah Scientific today announced it has acquired Sandar, an important European manufacturer and distributor of routing switchers whose marketing reach in Northern and Eastern Europe and in Asia neatly complements Utah’s historical strength in the Americas. Sandar, like Utah Scientific, has been a renowned name in the broadcast industry for 30 years, and its products are widely used by many of the top broadcasters and telecom operators in Europe and Asia. The new company will be known as Utah Sandar.
“Historically, both Sandar and Utah Scientific are known for the knowledge, competence, experience, and single-minded focus that they bring to the manufacturing of routing switchers,” said Carmelo Catalano, chairman of the board of Utah Scientific. “Beyond the synergy of their markets and product lines, the reputations the two companies enjoy make them a natural fit.”
While Sandar primarily makes small routers, from 3×3 to 32×32 in size, Utah’s product line is focused on larger routers up to 1152×1152 in size. As a result, the combined product line of the two companies will enable customers to take advantage of one-stop shopping with all the benefits of Utah Scientific’s famous customer service, 10-year warranty, and support. Sandar has recently developed a new family of affordable, compact routers that are fully compatible with the routing systems manufactured by Utah – using the same control systems.
“What I’m most excited about are the benefits that this merger of great companies will bring to our customers,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “Both Utah Scientific and Utah Sandar take pride in service and responsiveness, and the combination will enable us to offer readily available, regionally based (North European) product support and training to broadcasters all over the world.”
Headquartered in Sandefjord, Norway, Utah Sandar will continue to sell and service the well-established Sandar family of routing switchers, as well as the full line of Utah products. The managing director of Utah Sandar is Roar Ostby, who commented, “Besides enabling us to introduce our products to the U.S. market, the acquisition of Sandar by Utah has infused us with renewed energy. We are very enthusiastic about the opportunity to join forces with such a strong market leader as Utah Scientific.”