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Smiths Acquires U.S. Millimeter Wave and Antenna Company

September 22, 2005

Smiths Group announced today that it is expanding its Interconnect business with the acquisition of Millitech, Inc., a Massachusetts-based business which specializes in the design and manufacturing of millimeter wave components, assemblies and fully integrated antenna positioning systems for satellite communications, radar, passive imaging, space and remote sensing applications. Smiths acquired the business for $33.5 million, in cash.

Millitech extends Smiths' capabilities at the upper end of the microwave frequency spectrum and into millimeter wave frequencies. These higher frequencies provide greater communications bandwidth, higher resolution imagery and higher security. Applications for millimeter wave technology and antenna systems are growing with the demand for greater connectivity, particularly with the expansion of network centric operations. Millitech is well positioned to gain a significant share of this growth.

Millitech's customers complement those of existing Interconnect businesses, particularly in radar and satellite communications as well as emerging applications in sensors, where it has successful development projects in industrial plant and jet engine monitoring.

Commenting on the acquisition, Keith Butler Wheelhouse, chief executive of Smiths Group said: "Millitech provides further expansion of the capabilities of our Interconnect business, an area that has seen significant development and growth in the last three years. It reflects our commitment to extending Smiths' technology in profitable, high growth markets."

John Langston, Group managing director of Smiths Specialty Engineering said: "Our acquisition of Millitech complements the capabilities of both the TRAK and TECOM businesses acquired last year and the Component Division of Farran Technology purchased early this year."

The Interconnect part of Smiths Group's Specialty Engineering division is a global electronic components and subsystems manufacturer providing niche signal, power and microwave capabilities and specialist engineering solutions for customers in the electronics, wireless telecommunications, aerospace, defense, space and medical markets.

Smiths Group designs and manufactures safety critical systems and products and has market-leading positions in aerospace systems, detection systems, medical devices, mechanical seals and interconnect products.



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