Based on its recent analysis of the industrial physical infrastructure Ethernet market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Belden, Inc. with the 2015 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Line Strategy Leadership. Belden’s 100-year legacy of proven technical excellence and continuous R&D gives the company a clear strategic edge in the evolving Ethernet market.
In less than 10 years, through a series of strategic acquisitions, Belden has evolved from a supplier of copper cable products to a provider of leading signal transmission solutions. This was based on a deliberate strategy to shape and advance its product portfolio through organic and inorganic growth in order to take leadership positions in its key markets. The list of its acquisitions on its path to market leadership includes:
• Hirschmann Automation and Control, a leading supplier of industrial Ethernet switches and routers;
• Lumberg Automation, a niche firm with expertise in compact Ethernet packaging and connectivity;
• GarrettCom, an industrial Ethernet switch supplier;
• Tofino Security, a leader in industrial security appliances;
• Poliron, a technology and Brazilian industrial cable specialist;
• ProSoft Technology, a leading developer of industrial communication solutions for automation and control applications; and
• Tripwire, a leader in advanced cyber threat detection solutions.
Belden’s industrial cable division was the starting point in its journey toward becoming a global signal transmission solution provider. Its offerings include industrial data solutions that support industrial Ethernet and bus networks, as well as EIA-485 applications, instrumentation and control cables; armored cables; flexible automation cables; pan/tilt/zoom CCTV camera cables; fire alarm cables; sound (paging) cables; and switches.
“Belden has end-to-end physical infrastructure solutions to address existing networking challenges, as well as deliver the bandwidth and scalability required for future applications,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Deepak Achuthashankar. “Its portfolio extends from industrial networking, industrial cable, industrial connectivity, machine control solutions (MCS), and enterprise connectivity to infrastructure-related applications. The acquisition of Tripwire was the latest step in Belden’s product leadership strategy.”
One of Belden’s main areas of focus is industrial IT. In this market, Belden sells wired and wireless switches and routers, both hardware and software products, and has been the leader in adoption of Ethernet in the industrial market, while supporting a broad range of legacy protocols. Additionally, it emphasizes security as end users have begun to realize that industrial facilities and environments are subjected to the same degree of security threats as in the commercial space. Belden has particularly emphasized investments in wireless, security and embedded technologies as critical enablers for the Internet of Industrial Things (IoIT).
Belden’s development processes are finely tuned to support mission-critical applications and tailored to the unique needs of industrial customers, specifically maximized network uptime and ease of product installation and use. Furthermore, its product lines are compatible with those of any automation company; this has been made possible by its impressive in-house technical knowledge base and relentless focus on customer intimacy.
Belden also offers a variety of world-class networking services. The core components of its network services are on-site technical consultation that includes network planning, design, configuration and installation, as well as trouble-shooting, maintenance and assistance with future upgrades. This is supplemented by world-class, post-sales support.
Krishna Srinivasan, global president and managing partner of Frost & Sullivan, said,“Belden has done a remarkably good job of serving the full range of product needs of its target customers. Belden has optimized its product line by integrating all the key price, performance and feature points required in the industrial physical infrastructure Ethernet market.”
Belden is not just a supplier of signal transmission products, but a true strategic business partner delivering solutions that make end-user facilities perform more efficiently and profitably. Its global presence places it in close proximity to most of its customers and partners.
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a comprehensive product line that caters to the breadth of the market it serves. The award recognizes the extent to which the product line meets customer base demands, the overall impact it has in terms of customer value, as well as increased market share.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.
Belden, Inc. (belden.com), a global leader in high-quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today’s applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
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