BOEWE SYSTEC AG Acquires Majority Stake in Protechno Card GmbH

Notification in Accordance with 15 WpHG

AUGSBURG, Germany, July 10, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- BOEWE SYSTEC AG (GER:BSY), Augsburg, Europe's market leader in high performance inserting systems and a leading manufacturer of high performance systems for the dispatch of plastic cards, is expanding its product portfolio. With effect from 02.01.2002 BOEWE SYSTEC AG will be acquiring a 60% majority shareholding in Protechno Card GmbH, Paderborn. The existing shareholder will continue to hold a 40% stake and act as Chief Executive.

Protechno Card GmbH, founded in 1986, is seen as one of the worldwide leading technology providers of hardware and software systems for the personalization of paper and plastic cards as well as dispatch systems in the medium output range.

With this product portfolio Protechno Card GmbH ideally complements the existing product range of BOEWE SYSTEC AG:

 -- The personalization of plastic cards is the upstream production
    stage for BOEWE SYSTEC AG dispatch systems and consequently
    provides the perfect addition to the existing product program
 -- The dispatch systems of Protechno Card GmbH, positioned within the
    medium out-put range, complete the existing range of BOEWE SYSTEC
    AG high performance inserting systems.

Both companies believe in achieving significant synergy potential for the future in the areas of worldwide distribution and after-sales service.

Further information on BOEWE SYSTEC AG is available at or by telephoning: + 49 (0) 821 / 5702 365.


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