KSE and ObjectAutomation Complete Merger

    Combination Results In Global Industrial Automation And Process Control

    BLADEL, Netherlands, March 13 /CNW/ - KSE Protech bv and ObjectAutomation
Corporation (OA) have joined forces in a move that combines OA's industrial
automation and distributed process control technology with KSE's strengths in
global automation software and hardware solution delivery. The resulting
company, known as OA International bv (www.oa.com), is now a 200+ employee
global automation solutions provider capable of driving worldwide growth,
technology innovation, and customer satisfaction.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070313/CLTU015LOGO )

    KSE Protech, founded in 1975, has been an OA business partner for eight
years. In that period, KSE has been highly successful in developing and
delivering OA software and hardware solutions to several industries across
Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
    Founded in 1996, ObjectAutomation is the industry pioneer and leader in
the development of object-based industrial automation solutions. The OA core
product allows for graphical PC-based and embedded control, HMI and process
visualization, alarms and event notification, data historian and trending, and
web-based visibility. It has a component-based technical architecture that is
highly distributed, graphical, and scalable.
    The newly merged OA International will focus its efforts into four major
industry verticals. In the Food and Feed industry, OA International offers
solutions for production control, batch processing, recipe management,
tracking & tracing, and specific operational solutions for intake, dosing,
weighing, mixing, pressing, and outbound loading. Energy & Utilities customers
use OA to control and monitor pipelines, wells, compressor stations, electric
power grids, and water / wastewater treatment operations. In Industrial
Manufacturing, OA is used for production automation, equipment control, track
and trace, and quality / laboratory control. And in Industrial Services, OA
provides solutions for airport management, material handling automation, and
tank storage.
    Martin F. Wieffering, former CEO of KSE Protech and now OA
International's Chief Executive Officer & Chairman states, "We have already
commenced the task of forming global distributorships and OEM partnerships. We
believe that having a geographic focus enables us to better serve the varying
needs of our customers in all parts of the world. We are very excited by the
opportunities this merger presents to both our customers and ourselves."
    Jon Wimer, ObjectAutomation's founder and now President of OA
International states, "Combining the strengths of both companies enables us to
be one of the strongest global players in the automation market, particularly
in embedded control, offering state-of-the-art object-based technology with
world class, strategically located customer service."

    OA International Contacts:
    Jay Rao, Chief Marketing Officer
    +1 877-OA2-BUZZ x902

    Rene Smulders, Vice President, Sales
    Europe, Middle East, Asia, South America, Emerging Markets
    +31 497 332475

    Scott Williams, Sales Manager USA
    +1 877-OA2-BUZZ x907

For further information:

For further information: Jay Rao, Chief Marketing Officer,
+1-877-OA2-BUZZ Ext. 902, or jrao@oa.com; Rene Smulders, Vice President, Sales
Europe, Middle East, Asia, South America, Emerging Markets, +31-497-332475, or
rsmulders@oa.com; or Scott Williams, Sales Manager USA, +1-877-OA2-BUZZ Ext.
907, or swilliams@oa.com, all of OA International bv, Web Site:

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