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Oce Receives International Award for Product Design

Press release from the issuing company

March 15, 2007, Venlo, The Netherlands – Oce, a leading international document management company, has won the International Forum Product Design Gold Award, one of the world’s most important annual international awards for Product Design. The award, referred to by many as the ‘Design Oscar’, was presented at the CeBIT European trade fair in Germany and is reserved for products that exemplify contemporary design standards. Launched in December 2006, the Océ TDS700 printing system from Océ Technical Documentation Systems, was selected for its innovative design, its usability and its commitment to a healthy environment, demonstrated by the lowest dust, ozone, heat and sound emissions in its class. This year’s International Forum (or iF) Product Design Awards attracted no less than 2,293 entries from 35 countries, competing in 12 categories. Fifth-Ever Dutch Winner In the 53 years the iF has been making this award, only four other Dutch companies have received it. So Océ is only the fifth Dutch award winner ever, following in the footsteps of Vialis Transportation, Royal Philips (2x), Royal Mosa and VanBerlo Studios. And it’s the first time ever a wide format printing system has received the gold award. ‘The iF Product Design Award 2007 for the Océ TDS700 printer is a recognition of our outstanding design capabilities. It is a clear message to our customers that Océ brings them reliable, flexible and environmentally friendly printers that provide better and faster management of technical documents,’ states Tom Egelund, Executive Vice President of the Strategic Business Unit Océ Wide Format Printing Systems. Océ Design Concept User-friendliness and reliability are the main principles of Océ Industrial Design. Océ products are designed to deliver high productivity and offer innovative solutions based on customer demands. Together shape, usability and reliability form a concept incorporated in all Océ designs. Leader in Technical Documentation Systems For over 80 years Océ has been a worldwide market leader in black-and-white technical documentation systems, due to constant innovation and smart design. The TDS market anticipates a rapid development of electronic communication and archiving and a switch to decentralised printing, closer to the user. Océ aims to build further on its leading position in Europe and the United States, to continue its expansion in Japan and to invest in constructing a strong position in various emerging markets, such as China.