Electronics & Computers

Kimball Electronics Wins FLIR Contract

January 13, 2010

The EMS company will manufacture the Tau Program IR imaging systems, as well as multiple electronics assemblies that will be used in FLIR’s Commercial Division products.

JASPER, IN /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Kimball Electronics Group Inc., a subsidiary of Kimball International Inc., announced that the company has won a major new contract by FLIR Systems Inc. to manufacture the Tau Program infrared imaging electronics. The long-term contract was awarded for multiple electronics assemblies that will be used in FLIR's Commercial Division products for global markets. Kimball Electronics Group is a global top-twenty-ranked contract electronic manufacturing services (EMS) company that specializes in durable electronics, with applications in the medical, automotive, industrial controls, and public safety industries.

The Tau is a small, versatile camera, ideal for applications in firefighting and unmanned vehicle vision systems, and it is the "first camera in its class to combine size, weight, and low power consumption into one competitive product." Production has begun at the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)–registered Kimball Electronics-Jasper facility in Indiana. Incremental volume growth over the next several years is expected to transfer production to Kimball operations in Thailand through completion of the contract. Orders from the new contract could potentially double Kimball's current sales with FLIR, a long-time customer.

Electronic systems and products for the public safety, homeland security, and defense industries are expected to grow at a rate above the total EMS industry growth rate. Kimball currently manufactures a number of sensitive items at its two ITAR-registered facilities in Indiana and Florida. A variety of the products Kimball produces are used in military aircraft diagnostics, communications, counter-measures and jamming, thermal imaging, perimeter security cameras, and sensors/surveillance equipment.

About FLIR
Pioneers in infrared technology, FLIR Systems designs, manufactures, and supports thermal imaging systems and subsystems for industrial, scientific, government, commercial, and firefighting applications. With a 40-year history of infrared innovation, more than 100,000 systems in use worldwide, and development centers and sales offices in over 60 countries, FLIR is a world leader in thermal imaging technology.

About Kimball Electronics
Kimball Electronics Group is a global top-twenty-ranked EMS company that specializes in durable electronics for the medical, automotive, industrial, and public safety markets. Kimball Electronics Group is well recognized by customers and industry trade publications for its excellent quality, reliability, and innovative service. Kimball Electronics Group has manufacturing operations in the U.S., Mexico, Thailand, Poland, Wales, and China. Kimball Electronics Group is a business unit of Kimball International, a $1.2 billion dollar publicly held company, headquartered in Jasper, IN.

About Kimball International
Recognized with a reputation for excellence, Kimball International is committed to a high-performance culture that values personal and organizational commitment to quality, reliability, value, speed, and ethical behavior. Kimball employees know they are part of a corporate culture that builds success for customers while enabling employees to share in the company's success through personal, professional, and financial growth.

Kimball International provides a variety of products from its two business segments: the EMS segment and the furniture segment. The EMS segment provides engineering and manufacturing services that use common production and support capabilities to a variety of industries globally. The furniture segment provides furniture for the office and hospitality industries, sold under the company's family of brand names.

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