Jul 09, 2007

Seagate Helps Promote Northern Ireland in the U.S.

SPRINGTOWN, Northern Ireland - Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX), a global company that employs over 2,200 people at its plants in Springtown and Limavady, has been helping encourage fellow Americans to invest in Northern Ireland through its participation as a supporting partner sponsor of the Rediscover Northern Ireland programme.

This unique initiative is coordinating a programme of activities currently taking place in Washington D.C. to promote Northern Ireland.

Seagate, the world leader in the design and manufacture of hard disc drives, in addition to its general support of the programme, has specifically backed the programme's Arts and Culture section, which promotes the region through the largest ever Northern Ireland showcase of its kind. In particular, Seagate’s support helped enable Claymation, the Nerve Centre’s animation department, to attend and host animation workshops at "Northern Ireland at the Smithsonian" part of the Smithsonian Institution's Folklife Festival, which concluded the programme this weekend (8th July).

"As one of the North West's largest private sector employers, it is our privilege to consider the community and help encourage others to invest in the local economy. In 2005, Seagate reinforced its commitment to the region by reinvesting millions in Northern Ireland," said John Spangler, vice president of Seagate Springtown.

"We felt it was appropriate to get behind the Arts and Culture section because of the connection we have with animators and filmmakers, as we work to develop products to meet their ever-increasing digital storage needs," said Spangler. "Today's film content creators and editors require high-performance and high-capacity storage to create their work. Our storage solutions allow filmmakers to integrate more creativity into their work while larger capacities and faster data transfer rates make it possible to store, review and edit images and sound in real time."

Dr Alan Gillespie, chair of Rediscover Northern Ireland's leadership team, says; "I am pleased that Seagate has supported this programme to promote Northern Ireland to a vast global audience. Seagate's investment, alongside a range of other leading Northern Ireland companies is testimony to Northern Ireland's growing economic confidence and ability to compete on an international stage. Engagement of international investors, already committed to Northern Ireland, in this ambitious and focused public-private partnership will encourage further sustainable links into Northern Ireland's brighter and more confident future."

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate's business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, and to be the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world’s growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

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Seagate has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 2,200 people between them. At the Springtown wafer fabrication facility, the Company develops and manufactures recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a hard drive product. The Company's Limavady facility produces nickel-plated aluminium substrates, the core material on which computer hard disc drives read, write and store digital information.

About Rediscover Northern Ireland
The Rediscover Northern Ireland programme is a series of over 40 arts and cultural events taking place throughout Washington DC, which aim to raise US awareness of the region's thriving economy, revitalised cities, unique and fascinating culture and its people's sense of pride and passion. The Rediscover Northern Ireland programme will challenge and influence perceptions of the region and will illustrate the calibre and vitality of the region as a place to visit, invest, study, work and live.

Rediscover Northern Ireland began during the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on March 15 2007 and culminates in the Smithsonian Institution's Folklife Festival from June 27 - July 8 2007.

For further information on Rediscover Northern Ireland, please log onto www.rediscoverni.com