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Moog Acquires Berkeley Process Control, Inc.

EAST AURORA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) has acquired Berkeley Process Control, Inc. for $14 million in order to add a line-up of high-performance motion-control products for improving manufacturing processes across an array of industrial applications. Berkeley’s motion control software and hardware not only automate the precision handling of semiconductor wafers but also enhance the speed, quality and safety of welding for complex technical applications.

“Berkeley Process Control, Inc. has a tradition of providing innovative motion control solutions for applications that include welding nuclear fuel canisters, welding for oil & gas construction, producing semiconductors and medical equipment,” said Dave Fijas, group vice president and general manager of Moog Industrial Group, Americas. “Moog’s focus is delivering high-performance motion control solutions the world over. Berkeley is a perfect addition because we believe its portfolio of products opens doors to new markets for high-performance motion control systems.”

Berkeley’s flagship product – the BX-300™ Motion & Machine Controller – is a pre-integrated hardware and software platform for motion control. The flexible architecture of the BX-300™ enables manufacturers to design sophisticated solutions for complex motion control challenges. The flexibility of this product also accelerates the time it takes machine builders to bring new designs to market, which is a competitive advantage.

“The BX-series of products are optimized for precise motion-control applications with a small footprint,” said Paul Sagues, founder, chairman and chief technology officer of Berkeley Process Control, Inc. “Berkeley has a heritage of taking a ‘systems approach’ to developing software and hardware that solves difficult customer problems; that sort of approach is aligned with Moog’s philosophy of providing its customers with high-performance solutions versus simply selling products or components.

“Because of this acquisition, our customers and partners now have our expertise as well as the power of Moog’s worldwide engineering experience designing innovative electro-mechanical systems for motion control,” added Sagues.

Founded in 1981, privately held Richmond, California-based Berkeley Process Control, Inc. holds several patents, among them its Autocalibration® technology for improving the productivity and precision of equipment that processes semiconductor wafers.

About Moog Industrial Group
Moog’s Industrial Group designs and manufacturers high performance motion control solutions combining electric, hydraulic, and hybrid technologies with expert consultative support in a range of applications including plastics, metal forming, power generation, test and simulation. We help performance-driven companies design and develop their next-generation machines. With 33 operations worldwide and sales of USD 436 million (2007), Moog Industrial is part of Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B), which achieved in 2007 net sales of USD 1.558 billion.

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