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MINISTER FOR WORK OPENS NEOPRODUCTS' UK MANUFACTURING FACILITY AS 6000TH JOBPOINT ROLLS OFF PRODUCTION LINE

Friday, September 28th, 2001 - UK Minister for Work, The Rt. Hon. Nick Brown, MP, has officially opened the new UK manufacturing facility of leading interactive touchscreen kiosk maker, NeoProducts, in Kings Norton near Birmingham, England.

The new facility was established earlier this year to meet increasing demand for NeoProducts' advanced interactive kiosks following the company winning a major contract with EDS, the UK Employment Service's IT partner, to supply the kiosks in a new job searching network for UK Jobcentres. The contract, for 9000 Jobpoint touchscreen kiosks being installed in 1000 jobcentres around the UK, created some 50 new jobs at Kings Norton.

Mike Smith, managing director of NeoProducts, commented, "Interactive kiosks provide an efficient means of public access to government services and the Jobpoint kiosk network takes the Employment Service towards world leadership in electronic government service delivery. It stands as tangible evidence of the government’s commitment to putting all government services online by 2005 and, by using kiosks, it puts the service in the hands of all citizens."

"The establishment of our new European headquarters here in the heart of the West Midlands has also been a good choice, with excellent access to skilled workers and support industries as well as providing an ideal centre for our expansion into the rapidly growing kiosk market, both in the UK and the rest of Europe. We look forward to being here for many years to come."

The 25,000sq ft facility at Kings Norton has a total capacity of 1000 units per month and also offers full staging, software and network configuration capabilities.

Nick Brown performed two ceremonies at the factory, cutting a ribbon as the 6000th Jobpoint rolled out of production and unveiling a "touchscreen plaque" commemorating the opening with a short presentation about NeoProducts.

Commenting on NeoProducts new HQ, Mr Brown said: "I welcome NeoProducts expansion into Europe, and am pleased they have chosen Britain - and West Midlands - as their European base. The West Midlands is ideally situated at the heart of Britain and has a long and honourable tradition of manufacture with a highly skilled, adaptable and motivated workforce."

Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, NeoProducts has over 10 years experience in the kiosk market and sold over 22,000 touchscreen terminals. Last year, the company was awarded Frost & Sullivan's "Best Customer Focus Award" in its annual report on the world kiosk market. This report was based on data gathered before the award of the UK ES project. ISO 9001 accredited, the company serves a wide range of clients from a variety of industries including government - both national and local - telecommunications, retail, leisure and entertainment, travel and ticketing and financial.

For more information please contact: Mike Smith, NeoProducts (UK) Ltd, 69 Melchett Road, Kings Norton Business Centre, Kings Norton, Birmingham, B30 3HP, UK.

Tel: +44 (0) 121 486 4331, Fax: +44 (0) 121 486 4334. Email:msmith@neoproducts.co.uk

Web site: www.neoproducts.com.au

Press enquiries to: Tim Jennings or Neil Marshall, Marshall Jennings PR Limited, Wyvols Court, Swallowfield, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 1WY, UK.

Tel: +44 (0) 118 988 0288, Fax: +44 (0) 118 988 0388. e-mail: tim.jennings@mjpr.com Web site: www.mjpr.com



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