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GPC Grows Operations Partnership with Humanware

Christchurch - December 2007

Leading Australasian electronics manufacturing services provider GPC Electronics (NZ) Ltd and Humanware Ltd, a global leader in assistive technologies for vision, have signed a preferred supplier memorandum. GPC Electronics will become the preferred manufacturer for NZ based Humanware programs.

GPC Electronics provides specialist operations management and manufacturing services to a range of companies throughout New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Europe and has facilities in New Zealand, Australia, & China.

Humanware has recognized GPC Electronics proven ability to locally support NZ based technology companies while providing them with global sourcing options. “It is crucial to the success of New Zealand based high technology businesses that they partner with full service operations providers, such as GPC Electronics. The key is to have local and immediate access to world class manufacturing & supply chain development skills combined with production options around the world,” says Frank Owen, Chief Executive Officer of GPC Electronics (NZ). “The choice of where equipment production takes place is complex and certainly not only driven by lowest labour costs. Decisions are based on expected product life cycle, commercial and technical complexity, volume and consumer end market. Getting them wrong can have substantial market and financial implications.”

John Marshall, Supply Chain & Logistics manager for HumanWare, explained, “We undertook a thorough international sourcing review with the objective of choosing a partner that can make the maximum contribution to HumanWare’s success. GPC was selected as a preferred supplier because we were impressed with their local technical and operations support capability combined with their ability to manufacture globally depending on our continually evolving requirements. For a business like ours we need a partner with simultaneous access to world leading skills locally and lowest total manufacturing cost. In GPC we are comfortable we have found that partner.”

The first programs as a result of this agreement are expected to enter the market in the first half of 2008.

About Humanware
Humanware is the global leader in assistive technologies for vision, including products for the blind and visually impaired. HumanWare’s products include BrailleNote, the leading productivity device for blind people in education, in business and in their personal lives; the Victor Reader product line, the world’s leading digital talking book players; and myReader2, the new version of Humanware’s unique “autoreader” for people with low vision.

About GPC Electronics
GPC Electronics is an electronics contract manufacturer based in Penrith (Sydney) Australia. Additional manufacturing sites are in Christchurch (New Zealand) and Shenzhen (China). The company produces complex electronics equipment for leading global corporations. Rather than simply following customer instructions to build products, GPC Electronics helps its customers to achieve their strategic goals through greater responsiveness, overall lower cost and improved flexibility.

(Additional information at: www.gpc.com.au)

Contacts
Bradley Ayres
Customer Support Manager
GPC Electronics
bradley.ayres@gpc.com.au
61 2 4737-6625