Advanced Power Components CEO Interview Q1 FY12

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Mark Robinson CEO Advanced Power Components
Mark Robinson, CEO, Advanced Power Components

Advanced Power Components (LON:APC) founded in 1982 is an AIM listed specialist distributor of electronic components. As a business, APC is split into a number of autonomous units, who supply a wide range of specialist components and equipment to a range of customers within different sectors such as, aerospace, defence, display technology and specialist industrial and commercial markets. Following a busy year end, and having recently announced that the company expects its profits to show a substantial improvement over the prior year in line with expectations, Mark Robinson the APC Chief Executive Officer has taken time out to discuss various aspects of the business, including, growth strategy, QV acquisition, debt terms, and the much talked about imop™ energy saving device:


Q1. Advanced Power Components have recently provided its shareholders with a positive end of year update, what would you personally regard as being the high point of FY2011 for APC as a business?

The high point of the year is difficult to pin-point as in truth it’s been very hard work for the last 3 years without many specific noteworthy achievements. Even though we’ve turned things around, a good number of people have put a huge amount of effort into building a positive future and much of it has yet to come to fruition though we are seeing some satisfying signs of progress.

Over the last two years we have avoided the temptation to compete for spot business in the market and focussed on building long term design-wins. It is satisfying to see this reflected in the fact that our order book is now the highest it has been in a number of years

In addition, I’ve spent a great deal of the year travelling to new markets in developing countries in an attempt to create new opportunities which at times has been quite an eye opener. The contrast between the stalling western economies and the rapidly developing nations is quite amazing. I feel we are making steady progress in efforts to widen our markets which is again quite satisfying.


Q2. During hard economic times many firms have had to cut back on expenditure such as wages, training, advertising etc, have APC been forced to cut back costs?

At the start of our last financial year we froze wages and put in place an…

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APC Technology Group PLC is a United Kingdom-based company engaged in the supply and distribution of specialist electronic components and the sale of energy efficient products and services. The Company's technologies and services include consulting, energy reduction, energy generation, water management and project financing. The Company operates in two trading business segments: Distribution, which is engaged in the distribution of specialist electronic components and Cleantech, which is involved in the sale of smart energy saving products and services. The Company also has central services segment that provides support to the trading businesses. The Company's subsidiaries include Minimise Energy Limited, Minimise Controls Limited, Minimise Energy Solutions Limited, Minimise Solutions Limited, Minimise Finance Ltd and Minimise Holdings Limited. more »

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Elias Jones 5th Nov '11 1 of 1
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Would anyone be interested (IF I could organise it) in either a company shareholder presentation or a shareholder visit to the company during this financial year?

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I invest in sectors that are of interest to me and tend to look for the penny share AIM companies that have the transformational potential, which also tend to be by nature high risk investments, some come off some fail. One key aspect of investing for me is the approachability, quality and integrity of management, once I fear those have gone or if the fundamental aspects take a nose dive, that’s usually it for me regardless of asset/future potential. I only invest in a clutch of firms and usually keep an eye on a few other potential firms which I may add at some stage. I don’t mind waiting around if there is potential, I still keep my Marconi certificate to remind me of what can happen, and to the day kick myself for not snapping up Next at 18p many moons ago when I was so close to buying! more »

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