Technical Press Releases

Laird Delivers Security and Cloud Connectivity to Kapsul for First Intelligent Smartphone-Controlled Air Conditioner

26 Jul 2018

Laird Leverages Amazon Web Services IoT Analytics to Help Kapsul Launch
First-of-its-Kind Smart Appliance

July 26, 2018 – Global technology leader Laird (LRD: London) is making the world a cooler place by helping Kapsul launch their first app-driven, smartphone-controlled air conditioner. Laird has helped Kapsul bring the product to market quickly with groundbreaking security, connectivity and features that have never been seen in home comfort products. 

The Kapsul W5 connected window air conditioner has all the cooling power of a traditional 5,000 BTU window air conditioner, but packs it into a beautiful, compact design that...

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25 Jul 2018

WARREN, OHIO, July 25, 2018 – Laird Controls, a unit of global technology leader, Laird, has launched a new portable remote control system that enables rail operators to use a handheld remote controller to move locomotives with ease and confidence throughout their operations, the company announced today.

The new quick connect system -- Transport QC -- enables a single worker to use the wireless remote control system to pilot a locomotive through a rail yard, as opposed to three people in a work crew.

Using the new remote control...

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Connected Car Leader Laird Continues Global Expansion; Opens Romanian Design Center

25 Jun 2018
Some of the 20 new employees hired by Laird in Bucharest. As many as 20 more could be hired at the new Bucharest Design Center by the end of the year.

LONDON/BUCHAREST, June 25, 2018 – Capitalizing on the region’s flourishing technology environment, Laird (LRD: London) announced today it has opened a new Design Center in Bucharest, Romania to continue expanding the company’s global footprint and its leadership in automotive telematics, wireless in-vehicle charging, smartphone integration, and sophisticated antenna systems.

“We are very excited to be opening our newest Design Center here in Bucharest, which has a highly educated workforce and tremendous software expertise,” said Eric Vandernoot, Laird Senior Vice President of Technology. “Initially, this...

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Senet and Laird Announce Collaboration on Enterprise IoT Gateway

31 May 2018

Portsmouth, NH – May 31, 2018Senet, a leading provider of cloud-based software, global connectivity service platforms and network build-out for the Internet of Things (IoT), and global technology leader Laird (LRD: London), today announced that the Laird Sentrius LoRaWAN gateway now comes pre-loaded with the Senet LoRa Packet Forwarder software and provides native support for registration and operation on Senet’s network. This out-of-the-box integration allows enterprise organizations to deploy LoRaWAN solutions more efficiently across a variety of markets and rapidly expand as new...

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Laird Launches the First Fully Integrated ‘Connected Car’ Platform for the Global Auto Industry

11 May 2018

“MAX” delivers secure, next-gen modular, scalable connectivity solution for vehicle gateways

LONDON, May 11, 2018 – With the global connected car market expected to skyrocket over the next five years, technology leader Laird (LRD: London) is launching the auto industry’s first fully integrated and scalable module for secure mobile connectivity and automotive ethernet for reliable Internet use inside and outside the vehicle, the company announced today.

Laird MAX (Modular Automotive Connectivity Solution), which is being...

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Laird announces sale of stake in Model Solution

10 May 2018

Laird PLC today announces the disposal of its 51% stake in Model Solution, its South Korea-based prototyping business, to global tire company Hankook Tire Co., Ltd.

Model Solution, based in Seoul, specializes in designing and manufacturing prototypes, with expertise in precision prototyping, design support, tooling, low volume manufacturing and 3D printing. It services a wide range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, consumer, medical and industrial.

Laird acquired its 51% shareholding in April 2014. The transaction is subject to South Korean regulatory approvals. Assuming satisfaction of all closing conditions and approvals, the transaction is expected to close...

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General Motors Recognizes Laird for Performance, Quality, and Innovation

30 Apr 2018
GM Supplier of the Year Award


DETROIT, April 30, 2018 – Laird (LRD: London) was named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during its 26th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony Friday, April 20, in Orlando, Florida.

GM recognized 132 of its best suppliers from 17 countries that have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value, or brought new innovations to the company. The announcement represented the most suppliers GM has recognized since debuting the Supplier of the Year event in 1992.

This is the sixth time Laird has received the award.

“This is an opportunity for General Motors to honor those suppliers who are truly the best of the...

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Laird Collaborates with Amazon Web Services on IoT Analytics Service

25 Apr 2018

April 25, 2018 Laird (LRD: London), a global technology leader, is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to pair Laird’s simple-to-deploy Internet of Things (IoT) sensor solutions with AWS IoT Analytics, it was announced today.

AWS IoT Analytics is a fully-managed service that makes it easy to run sophisticated analytics on massive volumes of IoT data without having to worry about the cost and complexity typically required to build IoT analytics platforms. It also enables better and more accurate decisions for...

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Laird Launches Wireless ‘Safe-E-Stop’ in Europe for Emergency Shutdowns in Manufacturing, Automated Production Line Environments

19 Apr 2018
Wireless Safe E-Stop

HANNOVER, Germany, April 19, 2018 – Seconds matter when it comes to manufacturing and production line mishaps that can injure workers or damage equipment, especially in fast-paced, heavily automated environments.

And, while hard-wired emergency-stop push button devices -- or “e-stops” – are the required solution to shutting down a production or manufacturing line, the arrival of wireless control technology for e-stop buttons now allows greater worker mobility and a faster response time in the event of a line emergency.

Laird (LRD: London) announced today that its’ wireless...

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Recommended offer for Laird PLC

01 Mar 2018

London, UK - 1st March 2018

Today the boards of Advent International and Laird plc have announced they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash acquisition of Laird.  The bidder is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of funds managed by Advent International Corporation.

Tony Quinlan’s, Chief Executive of Laird commented: 

Laird’s history goes back almost 200 years and the business has evolved over that time into the global engineering company of today. I believe for its next chapter, Laird will benefit from private hands as it further strengthens its business model and looks to the future.

Commenting on the Acquisition,...

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