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KSW Microtec Further Expands Presence in EMEA Region

Friday, March 13, 2009

DRESDEN, GERMANY — KSW Microtec AG, one of the world’s leading suppliers of RFID components, and ARE CON GmbH & Co. KG announced today a sales and business development agreement that aims to expand sales activities for leading edge transponders, especially those targeting smart card manufacturers in the EMEA region.
ARE CON is a consulting firm for smart card manufacturers and a distributor of premium semi-finished smart card products. The collaboration will focus on KSW Microtec’s broad range of High Frequency (HF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) RFID inlays and prelaminates for contactless identification applications.

“We are proud to announce our partnership with such an experienced team as ARE CON,” stated Thomas Hitzer, CEO of KSW Microtec. “The company’s technical and business understanding of contactless smart card markets provides us a great opportunity to strengthen our presence throughout the whole region.”

ARE CON represents companies such as PET foil manufacturers Agfa Materials, high security software developers for card applications Monet+ and AdvanIDe, one of the largest semiconductor distributors in the smart card market.

“Innovative products such as the ultra-thin prelaminate Thinlam® for contactless ID card and government applications, the eGO dual frequency (HF/UHF) contactless transponder and the contactless payment sticker for mobile phones are an excellent addition to our high quality product portfolio. KSW Microtec’s standing as a world leader in RFID technology and innovation offers us the ideal support for our specialized and technologically-oriented sales, guaranteeing a stalwart foundation for continued growth even during challenging times,” said Bernhard F. Wernberger, Managing Director at ARE CON.

KSW in cooperation with ARE CON maintains close relationships with its customers in order to provide the highest quality RFID products that best suit the specific environments in which they are used.

To further expand the company’s presence in the EMEA region, KSW Microtec has also appointed Birgit Kobbe-Gipper as EMEA Sales Manager. Amongst other responsibilities, she will operate as external EMEA sales force for RFID applications in the Asset Management, Access & Security, ePayment and eTicketing segments.

“Customer retention is not an empty phrase. In fact, it needs to be seriously implemented,” comments Birgit Kobbe-Gipper. “I look forward to working closely with KSW’s partners and customers on current and new RFID projects.”

About KSW
KSW Microtec AG, with its headquarters in Germany, is the world’s leading supplier of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) components for applications such as public transport, ePayment, asset management, access control and high security applications. KSW combines successful high-end wafer processing, extremely efficient assembly technology and far-reaching expertise in design. KSW has earned itself a leading position on the market as one of the most efficient, and simultaneously most flexible, producers of RFID components. The globally active company was founded in 1994 and has clean room production facilities in Germany. KSW is an investment holding of the listed venture capital company Deutsche Effecten- und Wechsel-Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG headquartered in Jena. For more information see: www.ksw-microtec.de

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