Sep 01, 2003

Seagate Grows In Russia

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX), the world's leading hard drive maker, has appointed Maxim Frolov as channel sales representative in Russia. He is responsible for business development with Seagate distributors and resellers in Russia and CIS. Seagate's other regional representative, Sergei Polikarpov (appointed in July 2002) is responsible for the Company's relations with local OEMs and system integrators. Russia is now the third biggest European market (after Germany and UK) for Seagate and is also the fastest growing market.

Mr. Frolov said, "Seagate disc drives enjoy a strong reputation in areas such as enterprise servers and RAID systems, desktop office and home PCs, as well as in consumer electronics. Our successful reentry into the notebook hard drive market with our Momentus product and our plans for small form factor enterprise drives demonstrate that Seagate continues to be at the leading edge of the industry."

Seagate has two authorised distributors for its products in Russia: ASBIS and ELKO. The Company also has partnership relations with major Russian resellers, OEMs and system integrators, including LC Group, Trinity Electronics, Advanced Logic and Millennium Distribution.

Seagate's regional representatives provide marketing and sales support for OEMs, system integrators and resellers. Distributors, based on their existing agreements with Seagate, take care of logistics, guarantee and post-guarantee services.

Mr. Polikarpov said, "Seagate was the first to ship Serial ATA drives in 2002. The key trend in 2003 is transition to disc drives using 80GB platters compared to 40GB platters last year and 60GB platters in the beginning of this year. Today's maximum capacity of Seagate disc drives is 180GB."

Seagate completed the transition of its SCSI disc drives to the new U320 interface last year, and is at the forefront of new Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface technology. Seagate offers three capacities in its 10,000 RPM Cheetah range (36GB, 73GB, and 146GB) and three capacities in its 15,000 RPM Cheetah range (18GB, 36GB, and 73GB).

Seagate accounted for 32% of the world market of disc drives for desktop systems and for 58% of the world market of disc drives for enterprise systems in the first quarter of 2003, according to IDC.

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