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CTS Awarded Second Actuator Production Program for Active Air Grill Shutter System

ELKHART, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CTS Corporation (NYSE: CTS) today announced that CTS Automotive Products was awarded a second production program to supply brushless motor-driven actuators for active air grill shutter systems. The actuators will be used on a U.S. badged SUV supplied through a major tier one supplier, CTS’ second customer for this application. Total revenues over the six-year life of the program are expected to be approximately $7 million. The actuators will be manufactured in CTS’ Elkhart, Indiana facility with deliveries beginning late 2013. CTS began producing air grill shutters in the second quarter 2012 as a result of a $30 million production award secured in late 2011.

Active air grill shutter systems significantly improve fuel economy and reduce emissions by regulating air flow through the engine compartment based on engine temperatures and vehicle speed. The actuator is the heart of the system, providing the power to open and close the shutters as required. The market for these systems is expected to expand rapidly over the next few years.

Commenting on the new award, Vinod M. Khilnani, CTS Executive Chairman said, “This second grill shutter actuator program win, combined with our recent synergistic acquisition of D&R with $50 million in annual sales, reflects continued success in our sensor and actuator growth strategy.”

For more information on CTS’ actuator products, please contact Doug Grover at (574) 389-2853.

About CTS Automotive Products

CTS Automotive Products is a global leader in the design, test and manufacture of automotive sensors, accelerator pedal modules, actuators and subsystems. Recognized for its customer responsiveness and expertise in high-volume automotive packaging, CTS Automotive Products is focused on delivering value-added products and services to its expanding worldwide customer base. The Company manufactures sensor and actuator products in Elkhart, Indiana; Carol Stream, Illinois; Toronto, Canada; Glasgow, Scotland; Ostrava, Czech Republic; Matamoros, Mexico; Juarez, Mexico; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; and Zhongshan, China.

About CTS

CTS is a leading designer and manufacturer of electronic components and sensors and a provider of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) to OEMs in the automotive, communications, medical, defense and aerospace, industrial and computer markets. CTS manufactures products in North America, Europe and Asia. CTS' stock is traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol "CTS.” To find out more, visit the CTS Web site at www.ctscorp.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements that are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, any financial or other guidance, statements that reflect our current expectations concerning future results and events and any other statements that are not based solely on historical fact. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof and are based on various assumptions as to future events, the occurrence of which necessarily are subject to uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are made subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those presented in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: changes in the economy generally and in respect to the businesses in which CTS operates; unanticipated issues in integrating acquisitions; rapid technological change; general market conditions in the automotive, communications and computer industries, as well as conditions in the industrial, defense and aerospace and medical markets; reliance on key customers; unanticipated natural or other events such as the Japan earthquake and floods in Thailand; the ability to protect our intellectual property; pricing pressures and demand for our products; and risks associated with our international operations, including trade and tariff barriers, exchange rates and political and geographical risks. For more detailed information on the risks and uncertainties associated with CTS’ business, see the reports CTS files with the Securities and Exchange Commission available at http://www.ctscorp.com/investor_relations/investor.htm. CTS undertakes no obligation to publicly update its forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events or circumstances that arise after the date hereof, including market or industry changes.

CTS Corporation
Thomas A. Kroll, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, 574-523-3800
or
Mitchell J. Walorski, Director of Investor Relations, 574-523-3800
Fax 574-293-6146

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