Tom Gebhardt Named President of PFSA

CONTACT: Kristin Serna Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America PH: 847-495-6100 FAX: 847-495-6095

April 15, 2009 - Buffalo Grove, IL - Panasonic Corporation of North America has appointed Tom Gebhardt President of Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America. Gebhardt rejoins PFSA in a combined role as President of both Panasonic Industrial Company and Panasonic Factory Solutions. Two years ago Gebhardt moved from Panasonic Factory Solutions to Panasonic Industrial. Gebhardt's previous time with Panasonic Factory Solutions was distinguished by record growth, expanded customer reach and the introduction of several innovative and successful solutions for the electronics assembly market.

Gebhardt has been with Panasonic twenty years and has proven himself as both a visionary and strong leader. Beyond success in the electronics assembly market, Gebhardt's career includes championing the company's expansion into the electronic component, motor and battery realms.

"I see the expansion of my role as an opportunity to harness the synergies of the two companies I now lead and position us as a true solutions provider to customers. It's much more than the economies of scale, R&D and reach that being part of a large organization brings-it's our manufacturing experience and our ability to provide actual end-to-end solutions," said Gebhardt.

This year Panasonic introduces several new products and solutions including the Next Production Modular (NPM) a truly modular, reconfigurable and scalable SMT solution that incorporates placement, screen-printing and inspection into one unit. PanaCIM Enterprise Edition, a MES-based software suite extending beyond machinery, enables new levels of capability across a customer's entire enterprise. And consulting services have been articulated with new granularity to propose partnerships for best-in-class manufacturing consulting which provides results that are apparent on a customer's plant floor as well as in their boardroom.

Gebhardt added, "All of our customers talk in terms of Total Cost of Ownership by consolidating or centralizing their supplier base, especially in this economy. In my new role, it's my goal to leverage Panasonic's unique knowledge and product offerings corporate-wide while developing new and cross-functional opportunities in the market that will provide for multi-functional levels of customer engagement."


About Panasonic Factory Solutions

Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America, a North American source for electronic assembly equipment (SMT), software and technical support, provides total business systems solutions for electronic semiconductor and packaging companies in the global marketplace through one provider. PFSA is also a premier source for robotic and manual arc welding equipment to distributors, system integrators and end users.

For additional information: Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America, 909 Asbury Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089. PH: 847-495-6100.

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