Incorporated in 1981, the American Power Conversion Corporation was established with a focus on research and development into solar electricity. Formed by three electronic power engineers from MIT, APC then opened a Rhode Island-based manufacturing facility in 1986; the company also produced its first UPS that year, the 450AT+, which received a PC Magazine ‘Editor’s Choice’ award. In 1988, APC stock was made available for public trade. For nearly four decades, APC has been the industry-standard for reliable power and physical IT infrastructure. Now the leading name in IT departments large and small and among our vast community of channel partners, their history of innovation has pushed their products into the global spotlight with infrastructure, management, and data security solutions protecting organisations around the world.