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Sensata Technologies Holding N.V.'s SEC Filings

SENSATA TECHNOLOGIES HOLDING PLC filed this Form S-1/A on 03/09/2010
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The following summary is qualified in its entirety by the more detailed information, including the section entitled “Risk Factors” and the consolidated financial statements and related notes, included elsewhere in this prospectus. Because this is a summary, it may not contain all of the information that may be important to you. You should read the entire prospectus and the other documents to which we have referred you before deciding whether to invest in this offering. You should carefully consider, among other things, the matters discussed in “Risk Factors.”


Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, references in this prospectus to: (i) “we,” “us,” “our,” the “Company” and “Sensata” refer collectively to Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. and its consolidated subsidiaries and their respective predecessors; (ii) “issuer” refers to Sensata Technologies Holding N.V., exclusive of its subsidiaries and after giving effect to its conversion to a public limited liability company; (iii) the “2006 Acquisition” refers to the acquisition of the sensors and controls business, or “S&C business,” of Texas Instruments Incorporated, or “Texas Instruments,” on April 27, 2006 by an investor group led by investment funds advised or managed by the principals of Bain Capital Partners, LLC, or “Bain Capital;” (iv) “Sponsors” refers collectively to Bain Capital and its co-investors; and (v) “Predecessor” for accounting purposes refers to the S&C business with respect to its results of operations for periods prior to the 2006 Acquisition.




Our Company


Sensata, a global industrial technology company, is a leader in the development, manufacture and sale of sensors and controls. We produce a wide range of customized, innovative sensors and controls for mission-critical applications such as thermal circuit breakers in aircraft, pressure sensors in automotive systems, and bimetal current and temperature control devices in electric motors. We believe that we are one of the largest suppliers of sensors and controls in the majority of the key applications in which we compete and that we have developed our strong market position due to our long-standing customer relationships, technical expertise, product performance and quality and competitive cost structure. We compete in growing global market segments driven by demand for products that are safe, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. In addition, our long-standing position in emerging markets, including our 14-year presence in China, further enhances our growth prospects. We deliver a strong value proposition to our customers by leveraging an innovative portfolio of core technologies and manufacturing at high volumes in low-cost locations such as China, Mexico, Malaysia and the Dominican Republic.


Our sensors are customized devices that translate a physical phenomenon such as force or position into electronic signals that microprocessors or computer-based control systems can act upon. Our controls are customized devices embedded within systems to protect them from excessive heat or current. Underlying these sensors and controls are core technology platforms—thermal and magnetic-hydraulic circuit protection, micro electromechanical systems, ceramic capacitance or capacitive, and monosilicon strain gage—that we leverage across multiple products and applications, enabling us to optimize our research, development, and engineering investments and achieve economies of scale.


Our primary products include pressure sensors, force sensors, position sensors, motor protectors, and thermal and magnetic-hydraulic circuit breakers and switches. We develop customized and innovative solutions for specific customer requirements, or applications, across the appliance, automotive, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, or “HVAC,” industrial, aerospace, defense, data / telecom, and other end-markets. We have long-standing relationships with a geographically diverse base of leading global original equipment manufacturers, or “OEMs,” and other multi-national companies. Our largest end-customers for each of our segments within each of our principal operating regions of the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe include, in alphabetical order: A.O. Smith, Arcelic, Askol, Continental, Danfoss, Emerson, Ford, GM, Honda, Huawei, LG Group, Peugeot, Renault-Nissan, Samsung Electronics, Volkswagen and Whirlpool.