RALEIGH, NC - June 29, 2005
Sensus Metering Systems, Inc. (the “Company”), announced today the formation of a joint venture in China between its Sensus Precision Die Casting business and Yangzhou Runlin Investment Co., Ltd. Sensus Precision Die Casting, based in Russellville, Kentucky, is a leading supplier of complex, high quality die-castings for the automotive and gas utility distribution markets in North America. The joint venture will be called Sensus – Rongtai Precision Die Casting (Yangzhou) Co., Ltd. and will be headquartered in Yangzhou, China. The joint venture will purchase the operating assets of Yangzhou Rongtai Industrial Development Co., Ltd., a leading producer of aluminum die-casting parts for Chinese automotive and motorcycle manufacturers. Dan Harness, Sensus Metering Systems President and CEO, comments: “This is a significant step forward for our Die Casting business and allows us to pursue the fast growing Chinese automotive market and other opportunities in China and on a worldwide basis.”
About Sensus Metering Systems
The Sensus Metering Systems companies are leading world-class providers of water, gas, heat and electric meters including comprehensive metering communications system solutions that comprise both automatic meter reading (“AMR”) and advanced metering infrastructure (“AMI”) systems. Additional linked businesses include Smith-Blair, Inc. a leading provider of pipe clamp & coupling products for the water, gas, and industrial markets; and Sensus Precision Die Casting a producer of complex, high quality die castings.
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