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21.05.2010

PRESS RELEASE: Kontron acquires US company AP Labs Group

Kontron AG / Miscellaneous .. Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a company of EquityStory AG. The issuer / publisher is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. =-------------------------------------------------------------------------- Strategic investment in future security market / Strengthening of product portfolio and regional presence / expansion of high-margin complete system solution product range Eching, Munich, May 21, 2010. Through its US subsidiary, Kontron AG, the globally leading provider of embedded computer systems, has acquired 100 percent of US company AP Labs Group, which is based in San Diego, California. The group, which has two operating companies, is regarded as one of the leading system integrators in the areas of defense and aerospace. Since its inception in 1984 the company has firmly established itself on the market for the development and series production of highly complex and robust computer systems, as well as specialized applications. Kontron anticipates that both new subsidiaries will make an annual revenue of USD 30 million. Kontron intends to integrate AP Labs with its North American headquarters, which is also based in San Diego. Kontron has access to cost-efficient, local production capacities as the result of the company AP Parpro Inc., which also forms part of the group and is located in Mexico, close to Kontron's NA headquarters. For Kontron, whose revenue share in the security application area had already grown to 16 percent in the last business year, the strategic acquisition brings advantages in many respects, 'We are strengthening ourselves both regionally in the USA, and also in the area of high-margin complete solutions,' commented Kontron CEO Ulrich Gehrmann. 'AP Labs' complementary system product line also perfectly supplements our French subsidiary's board product range in the security segment, which reports consistent growth, and has historically been independent of business cycles.' In 2008, Kontron acquired the former French company Thales Computers SA from Thales Group, strengthening Kontron both in the defense/aerospace area, and regionally in Europe. The US Defense Department's official accreditation of AP Labs also now facilitates even better access for Kontron into the high-margin US market. With its most recent purchase, Kontron intends to further expand its position as one of the world's leading providers of sophisticated complete solutions for the security area, thereby consistently pursuing its new strategy of concentrating on high-margin core embedded systems. Mr. Gehrmann further explains, 'The future lies in high-margin and highly complex systems and solutions, as delivered by AP Labs. As an innovation leader, we aim to, and must, concentrate on this area.' AP Labs' strengths in the engineering area should also help Kontron to further optimize both future development costs and times to product launch. Time-to-market will also be reduced significantly as a result of the complete solutions product range. Investor Relations: Further information: Gaby Moldan Dr. Udo Nimsdorf Kontron AG Engel & Zimmermann AG Oskar-von-Miller-Str. 1, Agentur für Wirtschaftskommunikation 85386 Eching Schloss Fußberg, Am Schlosspark 15, Tel: 08165/77212, Fax 08165/77222 82131 Gauting Tel: 089-89 35 633, Fax: 089-89 39 84 29 E-mail: Gaby.Moldan@kontron.com E-mail: info@engel-zimmermann.de .. Ad hoc announcement, Financial News and Media Release distributed by DGAP. Media archive at www.dgap-medientreff.de and www.dgap.de =-------------------------------------------------------------------------- Language: English Company: Kontron AG Oskar-von-Miller-Str. 1 85386 Eching Deutschland Phone: 08165-77-225 Fax: 08165-77-222 E-mail: martin.przybyla@kontron.com Internet: www.kontron.com ISIN: DE0006053952 WKN: 605395 Indices: TecDAX Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr in Berlin, München, Hannover, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart End of News DGAP News-Service =--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Kontron AG / Miscellaneous .. Dissemination of a Corporate News, transmitted by DGAP - a company of EquityStory AG. The issuer / publisher is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. =-------------------------------------------------------------------------- Strategic investment in future security market / Strengthening of product portfolio and regional presence / expansion of high-margin complete system solution product range Eching, Munich, May 21, 2010. Through its US subsidiary, Kontron AG, the globally leading provider of embedded computer systems, has acquired 100 percent of US company AP Labs Group, which is based in San Diego, California. The group, which has two operating companies, is regarded as one of the leading system integrators in the areas of defense and aerospace. Since its inception in 1984 the company has firmly established itself on the market for the development and series production of highly complex and robust computer systems, as well as specialized applications. Kontron anticipates that both new subsidiaries will make an annual revenue of USD 30 million. Kontron intends to integrate AP Labs with its North American headquarters, which is also based in San Diego. Kontron has access to cost-efficient, local production capacities as the result of the company AP Parpro Inc., which also forms part of the group and is located in Mexico, close to Kontron's NA headquarters. For Kontron, whose revenue share in the security application area had already grown to 16 percent in the last business year, the strategic acquisition brings advantages in many respects, 'We are strengthening ourselves both regionally in the USA, and also in the area of high-margin complete solutions,' commented Kontron CEO Ulrich Gehrmann. 'AP Labs' complementary system product line also perfectly supplements our French subsidiary's board product range in the security segment, which reports consistent growth, and has historically been independent of business cycles.' In 2008, Kontron acquired the former French company Thales Computers SA from Thales Group, strengthening Kontron both in the defense/aerospace area, and regionally in Europe. The US Defense Department's official accreditation of AP Labs also now facilitates even better access for Kontron into the high-margin US market. With its most recent purchase, Kontron intends to further expand its position as one of the world's leading providers of sophisticated complete solutions for the security area, thereby consistently pursuing its new strategy of concentrating on high-margin core embedded systems. Mr. Gehrmann further explains, 'The future lies in high-margin and highly complex systems and solutions, as delivered by AP Labs. As an innovation leader, we aim to, and must, concentrate on this area.' AP Labs' strengths in the engineering area should also help Kontron to further optimize both future development costs and times to product launch. Time-to-market will also be reduced significantly as a result of the complete solutions product range. Investor Relations: Further information: Gaby Moldan Dr. Udo Nimsdorf Kontron AG Engel & Zimmermann AG Oskar-von-Miller-Str. 1, Agentur für Wirtschaftskommunikation 85386 Eching Schloss Fußberg, Am Schlosspark 15, Tel: 08165/77212, Fax 08165/77222 82131 Gauting Tel: 089-89 35 633, Fax: 089-89 39 84 29 E-mail: Gaby.Moldan@kontron.com E-mail: info@engel-zimmermann.de .. Ad hoc announcement, Financial News and Media Release distributed by DGAP. Media archive at www.dgap-medientreff.de and www.dgap.de =-------------------------------------------------------------------------- Language: English Company: Kontron AG Oskar-von-Miller-Str. 1 85386 Eching Deutschland Phone: 08165-77-225 Fax: 08165-77-222 E-mail: martin.przybyla@kontron.com Internet: www.kontron.com ISIN: DE0006053952 WKN: 605395 Indices: TecDAX Listed: Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr in Berlin, München, Hannover, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart End of News DGAP News-Service =--------------------------------------------------------------------------

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