Virtek Vision Moving Ahead With Integration of FOBA Technology & Services Operations

    WATERLOO, ON, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Virtek Vision International Inc.
(TSX: VRK), a leading developer and provider of high-value industrial laser
solutions, today announced that management responsibilities for its
FOBA Technology & Services GmbH operations will be shared by Bob Sandness,
President and CEO, Peter Monsberger, Vice-President of Finance and CFO, and
Jim McFarlane, General Manager for Marking & Engraving in North America.
    "These changes will fully integrate our European FOBA business units with
Virtek's global operations," said Bob Sandness, Virtek's President and Chief
Executive Officer.
    As the result of Virtek's integration of FOBA's operations, Dr. Karl
Holterhoff, who has served as FOBA's Managing Director and as Vice-President
of Marking & Engraving, is leaving Virtek, effective today.
    "Since Dr. Holterhoff joined FOBA in 2003, he has provided leadership to
its operations, increased the geographic diversity of its sales, and promoted
the introduction of new FOBA systems," said Mr. Sandness. "We thank him for
his contribution to FOBA."

    Forward-looking Statements

    This news release may contain information and statements of a
forward-looking nature concerning the future performance of the company. Any
such forward-looking statements are based on current suppositions and
expectations that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. These
include, but are not limited to, the effects of general economic conditions on
the customers and markets that we serve, the impact of price pressures exerted
by competitors, changes that may take place in our costs and expenditures, the
results of our research and development programs, and other factors discussed
in our Management Discussion and Analysis and other regulatory filings. Virtek
assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or to update
the reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the
forward-looking statements.

    About Virtek

    Virtek Vision International Inc. is a leading developer and provider of
high-value industrial laser solutions, providing marking & engraving products,
templating, and inspection products, and systems integration solutions to
customers around the world. Virtek is a full-service provider, offering
research and development, manufacturing, integration, training, after-sales
support, and installation for customers in the prefabricated construction,
transportation, metalworking, tool and die, and mold-making industries
worldwide. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Virtek also has offices in
Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Ludenscheid and Nurnberg, Germany; and Busto
Arsizio, Italy. Please visit for more information.

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For further information:

For further information: Peter Monsberger, Vice-President, Finance and
CFO, (519) 746-7190, (519) 746-3383 (FAX), Email:;
or Bob Sandness, President & CEO, (519) 746-7190, (519) 746-3383 (FAX), Email:; or Investor and Media Relations: Richard Wertheim,
Managing Partner, Wertheim + Company Inc., (416) 594-1600 (Bus.), (416)
518-8479 (Cell), Email:

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