Apr 03, 2006

Seagate Extends Market Reach by Adding Key Distributor in China

BEIJING - In a move to further strengthen its position as the world's number one hard drive provider, Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX), today announced it has appointed Xander as a key distributor for enhancing its business development in China. Under the agreement, Xander becomes a national distributor of Seagate hard drives and a key part of Seagate's distribution strategy in the expansive Chinese market.

The addition of Xander as an authorized distributor is evidence of Seagate's continuing push to increase business opportunities for a growing number of channel partners. Seagate's best-in-class hard drives for Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Electronics applications will provide Xander the opportunity of reaching a broader range of customers.

"Seagate will leverage Xander's proven track record and experience to expand its reach to downstream channel partners in China," said Kevin Lee, Seagate managing director, APAC Channel Sales and Marketing. "In the end, the addition of Xander is all about enabling resellers in China to bring the industry-leading quality of Seagate disc drives to more end users."

Xander is an information technology value-added distributor, with its core business reselling storage products. It has 180 plus first tier reseller and more than 1000 dealer partners nationwide, providing Seagate with a strong sales channel in the China market.

"This is a significant milestone for us," said Mr. Edward Kao, president & GM of Xander, "Leveraging Seagate's worldwide market leadership, we have confidence in our ability to expand the presence of its best-in-class products in the domestic market. It has always been our mission to provide the best for our customers through extensive experience and broad knowledge of IT products. With our strengths in the distribution channel, we look forward to the success of this relationship."

About Xander
Xander International is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan; mother company is VIA Technologies, Inc. Xander International (Hong Kong) Limited was established in 1997, its core values lies in extensive channel coverage and service networks nationwide. The company provides value-add services, such as product sales and marketing, technical support, JIT logistic system and comprehensive after-sales service. Business focus is in distribution of information technology and computer parts in the HK and China market. In mainland China, Xander has nine representative offices and RSC (Regional Service Center) in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Xian, Wuhan, Changsha and Chengdu.

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Electronics applications. 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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