Quantum Design Europe Merges with LOT-Oriel Holding AG

    Cryogenic Technology Developer Buys Out Majority Shares of Distribution

    SAN DIEGO, December 20 /CNW/ - Shareholders and founders of LOT-Oriel
Holding AG (LOT) have sold a majority portion of their shares to the German
company Quantum Design Europe GmbH (QDE). QDE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Quantum Design, Inc. (QD), based in San Diego, Calif., U.S.

    As a distributor and service provider for Quantum Design products in
Europe, QD and LOT have enjoyed a cooperative relationship for more than 15
years. During this period, LOT's relationship with QD has grown from being a
sales representative for Germany and Eastern Europe to becoming QD's exclusive
sales, marketing and service partner for all of Europe and the Near East. In
2004, LOT and QD signed a strategic alliance agreement to form a worldwide
distribution partnership. With the QD-LOT merger, LOT will combine with QD and
its Asian subsidiaries in Japan, Korea and the People's Republic China to
create a global network offering distribution and after-sales service to
manufacturers of scientific and related industrial instrumentation all over
the world.

    Original LOT shareholders Arno Kohler, managing director of ZygoLOT GmbH;
Manfred Berger, managing director of II-VI Holding GmbH; and Ralph Kohler,
managing director of LOT-Oriel Europe and QDE, continue to hold significant
interests in LOT, and Ralph Kohler will continue to serve as the company's
managing director.

    Both LOT and QD expect that LOT and all of its European offices will
continue to serve its customers and suppliers in the same successful and
reliable way that has established LOT as Europe's premier distributor of
instruments and products.

    About Quantum Design

    Founded in 1982, Quantum Design is a privately held corporation that
develops and markets advanced technology cryogenic systems and instruments for
the scientific community. Quantum Design is widely recognized as the leading
commercial source for integrated laboratory analytical systems incorporating
superconducting technology.

    About LOT-Oriel

    Headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, LOT was founded more than 35 years
ago as a distribution and technical support organization for scientific
research institutes and industry. Today, LOT employs 120 people in 10
countries across Europe and its product portfolio includes leading edge
components and instrumentation with applications in materials
characterization, thin film analysis, special cameras and imaging,
spectroscopy, photonics and bio- and nanotechnology.

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