VDC Awards Platinum and Gold Status to Kontron In Their 2003 Ranking

ECHING, Germany, May 19, 2003 – Kontron AG has been awarded a "Platinum" vendor rating in the category of Single Board Computers (SBCs) and a “Gold” rating in the category of Embedded Motherboards by Venture Development Corporation (VDC) in their 2003 vendor rating awards.

"We take great pride in being customer-focused at Kontron. We actively listen to our customers, searching for better ways to help them solve their problems today, and work closely through our engineering teams around the world to provide for the technology needed for the future,” said Hans Mühlbauer, Chief Operating Officer of Kontron AG. " These awards are a testimony to our focus and efforts. We are very proud of this recognition."

The rankings, part of VDC´s market research, were derived through the use of an impartial model, proprietary to VDC, heavily weighted toward user perceptions of non-product criteria. These criteria included elements such as availability and delivery, price, and a variety of service and support factors. "Platinum" status was awarded to the 5% of VDC-identified vendors in each category achieving the highest numerical value from the execution of the model. "Gold" status was awarded to the next 10% of these vendors.

ABOUT VDC: Founded in 1971, Venture Development Corporation is a technology market research and consulting firm that specializes in industrial and commercial electronics, computing, and communications, software and power systems markets (, 508-653-9000).

ABOUT KONTRON: Kontron is a leading global embedded computer technology company. Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators and application providers in the communications, automation, transportation, medical, military, aerospace, and test and measurement markets. The company helps its customers to considerably reduce their time-to-market and to gain a competitive advantage with products including high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single-board computers, man-machine interfaces and mobile computers. Kontron employs over 1100 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. The company is listed on the German TecDAX 30 stock exchange under the symbol "KBC".
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