Sevcon Inc is a Delaware corporation organized on December 22, 1987. Through wholly-owned subsidiaries located in the United States, England, France, South Korea and Japan and a 50% owned joint venture located in China, and through an international dealer network, the Company designs and sells, under the Sevcon name, motor controllers for zero emission electric and hybrid vehicles (EVs). The controls are used to vary the speed and movement of vehicles, to integrate specialized functions and to optimize the energy consumption of the vehicle's power source. Its customers are manufacturers of on and off-road vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, fork lift trucks, aerial lifts, mining vehicles, airport tractors, sweepers and other electrically powered vehicles. The Company operates in the following markets: Industrial Markets - in these applications, the customers design and manufacture fork lift trucks, aerial work platforms, airport ground support and mining vehicles. These are, in general, designed for use in off-road applications in distribution, construction, transport and mineral extraction; On-Road Markets - customers in the Company's on-road markets design and manufacture automobiles, scooters, motorcycles, buses, trucks, utility vehicles, sweepers and other applications where either all or part of the power system is electrical and the vehicle is homologated for use on-road; and Capacitor Markets - through another subsidiary located in Wales, the Company manufactures special metalized film capacitors for electronics applications. Customers use these capacitors as components in power electronics, signaling and audio equipment. The Company has two reportable segments: electronic controls and capacitors. The electronic controls segment produces microprocessor based control systems for zero emission and hybrid electric vehicles. The capacitor segment produces special metalized film capacitors for sale to electronic equipment manufacturers. The Company presently relies principally on three main assemblers for all of its requirements for finished products. One of the three main suppliers is based in Poland and the others are in the U.S. and Australia. The U.S. supplier manufactures the Company's components at two separate plants, in Mexico and China. The Australian supplier manufactures the Company's components at a plant in Malaysia, principally for the Chinese and South East Asian markets. The Company has competitors which are divisions of larger public companies, including Sauer Danfoss, Hitachi and the motors division of General Electric. It also competes with Curtis Instruments Inc., Zapi SpA. and SME, private companies based in the U.S. and Italy respectively, that have international operations. In its new on-road markets, the Company also competes with Unique Mobility Inc., a U.S. public company, and divisions of Siemens, Continental and Eaton Corporation. In addition, some large industrial and on-road vehicle manufacturers make their own controls and system products.
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