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AMP ACQUIRES ELF ATOCHEM SENSORS

 HARRISBURG, Pa., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its product/market diversification program, AMP Incorporated (NYSE: AMP) has today acquired substantially all of the business and assets of Elf Atochem Sensors, Inc., a subsidiary of Elf Atochem North America, Inc. The Sensors operation is the leading manufacturer of piezoelectric and pyroelectric polymer transducers used in a wide range of industrial applications as accelerometers, switch and impact sensors, traffic monitors, passive infrared products, ultrasound probes, and actuators. Elf Atochem North America, a $1.7 billion French-owned chemicals manufacturer, decided to sell the Sensors operation to someone in the electronics industry with manufacturing and engineering capabilities better positioned to support Sensors' rapid growth.
 AMP is the world's leading manufacturer of electrical and electronic connection devices. With 1992 sales of $3.3 billion, AMP has 25,100 employees in 160 facilities in the United States and 31 other countries. In recent years it has been diversifying into related components and value-added assemblies -- both through internal development of new products and through acquisitions.
 Al Casciotti, director of Flex Film Products at AMP, said of the acquisition, "Flexible Film Sensors integrate well into AMP's growing portfolio of strategic new businesses. A very high degree of synergy exists between Sensors Piezo Film and Piezo Cable products and AMP markets and technologies in flexible films and circuits, smart interconnections, and electronic packaging."
 William J. Hudson, AMP's president and chief executive, stated, "One of AMP's top priorities is to diversify into new product and market areas by carefully extending our capabilities and resources into logically related emerging or previously ignored growth areas. Sensors is a closely related area in which we can effectively utilize our strong worldwide technical, manufacturing and marketing capabilities."
 The Sensors operations will continue in its Valley Forge facility of approximately 50,000 square feet and over 100 employees. Less than $10 million in 1992, sales are expected to grow significantly in 1993 and beyond because of the unique technology and the need for new and better sensors in many fields.
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