|Key people||K.C. Liu (CEO, Founder)|
|Products||Automation controllers & software, industrial PCs, embedded single board computers|
|Revenue||US$ 861 million (2011)|
Advantech Corporation, or Advantech Co., Ltd (TPE: 2395), is a Taiwanese company with direct operations in 23 different countries and employs over 5,000 employees. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, it is a manufacturer of industrial PC, embedded single board computers, and automation controllers & software. Their industrial PC products include Rackmount computers (used for industrial control, ISPs, machine vision, telephony, plant automation, data acquisition applications, and networking purpose) and wall mount computers (which are designed for installation in machineries or for mounting on walls). Their embedded single board computers include the 3.5 Embedded Board and the 5.25 Embedded Board. Their automation controllers & software include IO Modules and Softlogic Software. They also provide a large variety of products that range from Human Machine Interface (HMI), Vehicle PC Solutions, Chassis, Ethernet Networking, PICMG Backplanes, Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs), and software.
Advantech Co., Ltd distributes its products to overseas markets in Asia, Europe and the Americas, and the domestic market. In 2007, the company obtained 17%, 21%, 22%, and 40% of its revenue from applied computing platforms, industrial control systems, embedded cards, and industrial PCs, respectively. The company revenue that was earned, in 2007, totaled at $482 million (USD).
The company's Board of Directors consists of K.C. Liu (Chairman and CEO), Gary Tseng (Director of Advantech Investment Development Co., Ltd.), Allen Fan (Director), and Michael Wang (Director). The company's Supervisors consist of James K.F. Wu, Thomas Chen, and Sharon Su.
K.C. Liu, Chairman and CEO of Advantech
Mr. K.C. Liu founded the Advantech Co., Ltd Company in 1983. Liu was born in 1954. He graduated from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan with a degree in Communication Engineering. K.C. worked as a Sales Engineer in the Instrument Department of Hewlett Packard (HP) Taiwan and as an R&D engineer. Since Advantech was established, K.C. has been dedicated to leading the strategies in sales and marketing for the company. Currently, Liu has been guiding Advantech, strategically, as it diversifies into the ePlatform Services business.
Advantech Co., Ltd was founded by 3 former Hewlett-Packard Engineers in 1983. The company started with the System Integration Business of IEEE-488 ATS (also known as Automatic Test System). Advantech's first exported product was the PCL 748 IEEE-488 Card. Advantech also successfully launched the PC-Lab Card Series Industrial I/O Cards. The company was given the 3rd Innovative Product Award by the Taipei Instrument Exhibition in 1989. Their Global Branch Office in San Jose, California was opened in 1987.
The company created the IPC-600, their first industrial PC, in 1990. Advantech Co., Ltd was given the Outstanding Export & Import Performance Award by the Exporter & Importer Association of Taipei County in 1990. In 1991, Advantech was given the Outstanding Export & Import Performance Award by the Exporter & Importer Association of Taipei County.
In 1992, the company was given the same award, again, plus a Golden Enterprise Award by the Chinese Enterprise Advancement Institution. In 1992, the company successfully launched the ADAM Series (Remote Data Acquisition & Control Modules).
In 1993, Advantech received the ISO-9001 Quality Management System Certification and the Taiwan Top Small & Medium Enterprise Award.
In 1995, the company's GENIE software received the "Outstanding Information Application Award".
In 1996, Advantech Co. Ltd was given the 4th Award for Industrial Technology Advancement, the Outstanding Award, and the MOEA in Taiwan. It was also named the Symbol of Excellence Winner for their ADAM-4000 Series Data Acquisition & Control Module in Taiwan.
In 1997, the company earned their ISO-14001 Environmental Management System Certification and their IPC-622 was selected as the "Best Product of the Year" by the Computer Telephony magazine in the U.S. Advantech Co., Ltd was given the 5th Award for Industrial Technology Advancement, the Most Outstanding Award, and the MOEA in Taiwan.
In 1998, Advantech was announced the Symbol of Excellence Winner for three of their products: the ADAM-5000 Series Distributed DA&C System, the PPC-102T Panel Computer, and the PPC-140T Multi-function Panel PC in Taiwan. Advantech's PPC-140T Multi-function Panel PC also received the "Singapore Comex Asia Best Hardware System Award" and the "Excellent Choice for Kiosk Solutions in the United States of America" award from the CRN magazine in the USA. Their IPC-6908 was selected as the "Product of the Year" by the CTI magazine in the USA. The company's PPC-102T Panel Computer received the 6th Gold National Award of Excellence in Taiwan. In 1998, Advantech was ranked in the top 4 "Most Investment-Worthy Corporations" and in the top 6 for the "Best-performed Corporations" by Commonwealth magazine in Taiwan. Advantech Co., Ltd was awarded the Most Representative Outstanding Company by the Industrial Development Bureau by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan.
In 1999, Advantech Co., Ltd went IPO on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. Its ADAM Series received the 1st Outstanding Safety Instrument Award of Taiwan. Advantech was named the Symbol of Excellence Winner for their CPC-2245 Mini Biscuit PC and their PPC-A100T-R50 Panel PC for Building Automation in Taiwan.
Their Global Branch Office in Beijing, China was opened in 1992.
Their Global Branch Offices in Düsseldorf, Germany and Milan, Italy were opened in 1993.
Their Global Branch Offices in Budapest, Hungary and Singapore were opened in 1995.
Their Global Branch Offices in Tokyo, Japan, Milton Keynes, UK and Paris, France were opened in 1997.
Their Global Branch Office in Seoul, Korea was opened in 1998.
In 2000, Advantech's PPC-153T Panel Computer was granted the "Most Innovative Product Award" by KIOSK magazine in the USA. The company also received three different types of awards: the "Internet Telecom Expo 2000 Best of Show" award for their IPC-601, the "CT Expo 2000 Best of Show" award for their MIC-3032, and the "Product of the Year 2000" award for their 2A-100 (from the Internet Telephony magazine, USA).
In 2001, Advantech accomplished the "Technology Development Program for the Industrial Sector" by the Department of Industrial Technology, MOEA. The company's PPC-153 T Panel Computer and the ES-510 Public Web Payphone received the Silver National Award of Excellence in Taiwan. Advantech was also named the Symbol of Excellence Winner in Taiwan for their PPC-153 T Panel Computer, ES-510 Multimedia Web Payphone, EH-762 Home Terminal and WEB-2143 Web Controller.
In 2002, Advantech was named the One & Only Gold-Level Partner in Microsoft's Windows Embedded Partner ODM Category and the Symbol of Excellence Winner for their EH-7102G/ GH Home Appliance and WebLink2059-BAR/CE.SDA.SKT Web-enabled Device Connection with PC Card.
In 2003, Advantech had the Grand Opening of their China Kunshan Manufacturing Center.
In 2004, Advantech received the "Taiwan Top 10 Global Brands" award from the Bureau of Foreign Trade and the Editor's Choice Award from Control Engineering Magazine. The company's FPM-3170 17 Flat Panel Monitor received the 2004 Editor's Choice Award under the Human Machine Interface category from Control Engineering magazine. Their TPC-60S Touch Panel PC, UNO-3026 Front Access Fanless PC, and AWS-8100G, Industrial Workstation were given the Symbol of Excellence Winner awards.
In 2005, Advantech formed a strategic alliance with AsusTek called Advansus. The company's TREK-755 Sunlight Readable Model was nominated for the Gold Award by the Embedded Control Europe (ECE) magazine readers. Advantech also received the Readers' Choice Award for the second best Industrial Computer from Design Control magazine in the USA and the Outstanding Innovation Award at the 13th annual Award for Industrial Technology Advancement in Taiwan.
In 2006, Advantech received the "Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Global Views magazine in Taiwan and the Readers' Choice Award for Single Board Computer from Control Designer magazine in the USA. During this year, the company won the Intel Associate Partner of the Year & Intel Multi-Core Solution Contest in Taiwan. Their ARK-4170 was granted the Innovation Product Award by GongKong Web Media in China. Their ED-6528 won the "Best Product Award" from Control Engineering magazine in China while their EKI-6538 received the Editor's Choice award from Electronics News in Australia. Advantech received the Microsoft "Fiscal Year 2006 Most Growth Award" and was included in the M2M magazine's M2M 100 directory as a top machine-to-machine technology and service provider. The company's TPC series was received by the readers of SPS magazine, in Germany, as innovative, user-friendly and trendy.
In 2007, Advantech had established the European Headquarters in Munich, Germany. Their ARK-3381 had received the Best Choice from Computex in Taipei, TW. The company's UbiQ-230 Touch Panel PC, ARK-4170 Modularized and Stackable Embedded System, and ADAM-5550KW Programmable Automation Controller were given the Symbol of Excellence Winner awards.
In 2008, Advantech achieved the Intel Embedded and Communications Alliance Premier Member Status. Advantech's VITA-350 Automated Vehicle, UbiQ-350 A/V Mobile Controller, UNO-2182 Embedded Automation Computer, TPC-30T/TPC-32T Touch Panel Computers, and IPPC-7157A/IPPC-7158B Industrial Panel PC all won the 16th Taiwan Excellence Award. 
Advantech provides solutions for different vertical markets:
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Their embedded and industrial computing include industrial motherboards, PICMG single board computers, embedded single board computers and industrial computer chassis. Advantech's industrial automation includes human machine interfaces, data acquisition (DAQ) and control, embedded automation computers, and video surveillance solutions. Their eServices and applied computing includes medical computer, digital video solutions, digital signage and industrial mobile computers. Their communications and networking products include microTCA and advanced MC, CompactPCI platform, network processor-based platforms and X86-based network platforms.
The eStore is the online storefront for Advantech’s products covering a wide range of industrial and network computing, embedded computing, applied computing, video, and automation solutions supporting a vast array of industries. The eStore supports multiple regions worldwide.