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Belden moves to strengthen connectivity platform, smart grid and security solutions

Belden is acquiring and selling various companies in a bid to strengthen and expand its connectivity platform and extend its smart grid and security solutions.

Belden will acquire GarrettCom, a high-availability industrial networking IP-base switches and routers company, and Thomas & Betts Communications Products. It will also sell Trapeze Networks.

According to Adam Callender, Australia and New Zealand regional manager for Belden, the GarrettCom acquisition will extend Belden’s leadership position as an industrial networking solutions provider by adding a recognised leader in industrial grade switches, routers, converters, serial communications, and security software.

The networking products portfolio will complement Belden’s existing range of Hirschmann industrial networking solutions, allowing the company to address the growing needs of customers across a more diverse set of end market applications.

GarrettCom’s products are sold into power utilities, surveillance and security, transportation, specialty industrial automation, telecommunications, and similar demanding harsh-environment verticals.

Meanwhile, the Thomas & Betts acquisition will strengthen Belden’s position as an end-to-end solution provider within the broadband/CATV, security and audio/video markets.

Products included in the acquisition include Snap-N-Seal drop connectors, LRC hardline connectors, Diamond hardware and grounding products, and telecom enclosures and connectors, including the Kold-N-Klose enclosure system.

Additionally, Juniper Networks will acquire Trapeze Networks, a Belden brand which specialises in enterprise wireless local area network systems and management software.

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