Conflict Minerals Statement
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules require companies to disclose the extent to which the products they manufacture or contract to manufacture contain conflict minerals sourced from mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries. Conflict minerals include tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, which are used in many electronic components and computer products.
As a global seller of electronic components and embedded subsystems, Advanced Power Solutions promotes the traceability of these minerals and the transparency of the supply chain. Advanced Power Solutions firmly believes that its customers should be fully informed about the products they purchase. While Advanced Power Solutions is not able to certify as to the country of origin of the minerals contained in all products manufactured by COMPANY's suppliers, Advanced Power Solutions is committed to working with its customers to supply products that meet the customer's specifications.
With respect to those aspects of COMPANY's business that manufactures or contract to manufactures products that could contain conflict minerals, Advanced Power Solutions does not directly purchase any conflict minerals from any source and endeavors not to only purchase products that contain conflict minerals. Advanced Power Solutions expects its suppliers to these aspects of its business to only source minerals from responsible sources and provide Advanced Power Solutions with proper verification of the country of origin and source of the materials used in the products they supply to it. Advanced Power Solutions fully understands the importance of this issue to its customers and is committed to supply chain initiatives and overall corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts that work towards a conflict-free supply chain. Advanced Power Solutions is encouraging all of its suppliers to likewise support these efforts and make information on the origin of their product components easily accessible on their websites.