SOURCE: Z-Wave Alliance

March 13, 2008 13:52 ET

FAKRO Joins the Z-Wave Alliance as Its Newest Principal Member

Strengthens Z-Wave's Lead in the European Home Controls Market

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - March 13, 2008) - The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies dedicated to establishing Z-Wave as the standard in wireless home control, today announced the addition of FAKRO, one of the leading roof window manufacturers in the world, as its newest principal member. FAKRO joins an impressive list of industry leaders including: Cooper Wiring Devices, Danfoss, Intel, Intermatic, Leviton, Logitech, Monster Cable, Universal Electronics, Wayne-Dalton and Zensys.

"The Z-Wave Alliance is thrilled to announce FAKRO as its newest principal member," said Mark Walters, vice president of the Z-Wave Alliance. "This addition solidifies Z-Wave's global lead as the standard in interoperable wireless home control, and strengthens our presence in the emerging Eastern European market."

FAKRO is the second European company to join the Z-Wave Alliance as a principal member and member of the Board of Directors. FAKRO has a strong customer base in the Ukraine and Russia and is growing globally. FAKRO's support provides Z-Wave with an advantage in the rapidly growing European market. Since the company's launch in 1991, FAKRO has emerged as the leader in manufacturing and sales of roof windows throughout the European market.

"With its established ecosystem and proven interoperability, Z-Wave is the perfect technology for us to adopt," said Grzegorz Kurek, Product Manager for FAKRO. "We are developing a wide range of Z-Wave-enabled electric systems for roof windows such as internal blinds, roller shutters, screens, actuators for opening roof windows, and Venetian blinds."

About FAKRO

FAKRO is one of the leading roof window manufactures in the world with 17% share of the global market. FAKRO is a privately owned, family company. It was created in 1991, and is now one of the fastest developing roof window manufacturers in the world. FAKRO Group is a leader in manufacturing and sales of roof windows in Poland. With 3,000 employees. With 5 manufacturing companies in Poland and 10 foreign subsidiaries FAKRO with extended distribution network in all countries where is a demand for roof windows and with over 100 thousand m2 of production surface. FAKRO is a manufacturer of a wide range of products, which enable a comfortable using the attic space. Among them we find the roof windows of different constructions and ways of opening: centre pivot windows, top hung windows, L-shapped windows, access roof lights, skylights and roof windows accessories: venetian blinds, external and internal roller blinds, external awning blinds, control units, remote control systems, smoke ventilation systems. FAKRO is also a world significant loft ladder producer, offering a whole range of products to all possible applications.

About Z-Wave

Z-Wave® is the first technology to bring affordable, reliable and easy-to-use wireless control to every aspect of daily life -- the home, consumer electronics, healthcare, and energy use, to name a few. Z-Wave is an award-winning, proven and interoperable wireless mesh networking technology that allows a wide array of devices in and around the home to communicate including lighting, appliances, HVAC, entertainment centers, and security systems. Z-Wave brings many benefits to everyday life including remote home monitoring, home healthcare, safety and security, and energy conservation. Z-Wave certified products are currently available from leading consumer brands in more than 170 products. Z-Wave is the recipient of the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the wireless category, the CNET "Best of CES Award" in the enabling technologies category, along with PC World's World Class Award, which recognizes the 100 best technologies and products of the year. For more information about Z-Wave please visit www.z-wave.com.

Z-Wave® is a registered trade mark of Zensys, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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