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August 16th 2000. Elo TouchSystems, Inc., the global leader in touch technologies and a unit of Tyco Electronics, has announced the establishment of direct sales support in the UK and Ireland, and in France, allowing it to better serve the fast-growing demand for touchmonitor and touchscreen products in these markets. Customers will have the benefit of a new direct communications channel to Elo's global pre- and post-sales customer service, engineering, and manufacturing organisation.

Elo's new office in the UK will be located in Swindon, Wiltshire, and in France, in Montreuil, Paris. Elo recently acquired and retained the sales and technical staff of Touchscreen Systems Ltd. (TSL) in the UK and IC International Concept (IC) in France, both of which were previously Elo authorised distributors in these markets, to provide a smooth transition and continuity of service. In keeping with Elo's strategy to not compete with its customers in the important kiosk market, Elo will not take over IC's kiosk-building businesses.

IP Systèmes and Eurocomposant continue to be Elo authorised distributors for France. Craft Data Ltd. continues to be an Elo authorised distributor for the UK.

"These acquisitions are a natural step forward in Elo's strategy to build closer working relationships with our customers and global business partners," said Elo's president, Emily M. Liggett. "The touch market continues to expand significantly and Elo is making key investments to meet customer demand, provide closer direct service, and bring new innovations rapidly to market. Strong demand for our touch products is set to continue, as innovative new applications choose to adopt Elo's family of touch solutions."

Luc Mergeay, Elo's managing director for Europe, added: "Elo has become the global leader in touch by focusing on the needs of key vertical markets, developing technology and product to meet the needs of these markets, and establishing high standards for customer service. Being close to customers and listening to their needs and expectations is a key element of Elo's strategy in Europe. By establishing direct sales support operations in the UK and France, we can ensure that all current and future touch customers in these territories benefit directly from the Elo approach."

In addition to expanding direct customer support in the UK/Ireland and France, Elo will bring its global Kiosk and TouchReady Software Partner Programmes to these countries. These programmes allow Elo to work more closely with experienced kiosk builders and developers of touch software applications to bring customers a better overall system solution.

About Elo TouchSystems:
Elo TouchSystems, Inc., global leader in touch technology, is a unit of Tyco Electronics Corporation. Elo develops, manufactures and markets a complete line of touch products that simplify the interface between people and computers in both public-access and employee-activated applications. Founded in 1971, the company is headquartered in Fremont, California, with manufacturing sites in the U.S., France, and Japan. Elo's main regional offices are Kessel-Lo, Belgium and Yokohama, Japan, with additional sales and technical support offices worldwide. For more information on Elo TouchSystems' products and services, call 1-800-ELO-TOUCH in the U.S. or +32-16-35-2100 in Europe or visit our Web site at www.elotouch.com.

About Tyco Electronics
Tyco Electronics Corporation, headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, is the largest passive electronic components supplier in the world, with facilities located in 56 countries serving customers in the aerospace, automotive, computer, communications, consumer electronics, industrial and power industries. Tyco Electronics provides advanced technology products from its Agastat, AlcoSwitch, AMP, Ansley, Augat, Buchanan, Elcon, Elo TouchSystems, HTS, M/A-COM, Madison Cable, OEG, Potter & Brumfield, Raychem, RDI, Schrack and Simel brands.

Information from: Nadia Vandeweyer, Elo TouchSystems, Diestsesteenweg 692, 3010
Kessel-Lo, Belgium.
Tel: +32 16 35 2125 Fax: +32 16 35 2101
e-mail: [email protected] Web: www.elotouch.com

Press Information (UK): 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: [email protected] Web: www.mjpr.com

Press Information (France): Nathalie Belloc, Commuté, 121 rue La Fayette,
F-75010 Paris, France.
Tel: +33 1 44 53 04 88 Fax: +33 1 48 74 43 86
e-mail: [email protected]
[email protected]
Wyvols Court
Tel: +44 (0)118 988 0288
Fax: +44 (0)118 988 0388
E-mail: [email protected]

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