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Jinpan International Announces New Orders Of Transformers For Renewable Energy Applications

CARLSTADT, N.J., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Jinpan International Ltd. (Nasdaq: JST), a leading designer, manufacturer, and distributor of cast resin transformers, today announced that it has secured purchase orders for transformers for wind energy applications, valued at approximately US$ 5.7 million, in the month of May.  In addition, Jinpan secured purchase orders for customized transformers for polysilicon manufacturing plants, valued at approximately US$ 15.5 million, between the months of February and May.

Jinpan secured OEM purchase orders for 119 units of wind energy transformers in May. The transformers are destined for a U.S. wind farm currently under development.  All 119 units are scheduled for shipment in the third quarter of 2011. The total value of these contracts is approximately US$ 5.7 million.

Additionally, Jinpan received significant new orders for customized transformers for use by polysilicon manufacturing plants. Polysilicon is the key material for the production of solar panels and semi-conductors.  Polysilicon production has very demanding power requirements. To meet the demand of this growing market segment, Jinpan developed a custom rectifier transformer for polysilicon manufacturing.  Sales of these custom transformers have increased steadily over the last two years.  For the four month period of February through May, the Company secured purchase orders from five different China-based customers for 92 units of these custom transformers from Chinese polysilicon manufacturers for a total value of US$ 15.5 million.  The 92 units are scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2011.  

Both the US$ 5.7 million wind energy transformer and the US$ 15.5 million custom rectifier transformer orders have been factored into Jinpan's 2011 full year financial revenue forecast.

Mr. Zhiyuan Li, Chief Executive Officer of Jinpan, commented, "As discussed on our last earnings call, we expected wind energy transformer orders to accelerate in the second quarter.  Our order flow in May reflects the rising demand for our wind products, particularly in the U.S.  We also believe that June will represent another solid month of sales in this segment of our business."

"In our traditional cast resin transformer business, Jinpan continues to distinguish itself among its competitors through its ability to develop customized transformers for specialized applications.  More of our Chinese customers recognize the value of our product offering and our ongoing development of highly specialized products are expected to further drive growth in this area of our business.  We are pleased with our performance through the first five months of the year and look forward to continued expansion ahead."

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