May 08, 2006

Seagate Increases Retail Presence in UK and Ireland

LONDON, England - Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX), the world's number one hard drive maker, has appointed CMS Peripherals Limited as a new retail authorised distributor. CMS's 17 years of retail distribution experience and strong channel relationships will enable Seagate to further develop its presence on the high street by tapping into major retail chains within the UK & Ireland. The appointment is a key part of Seagate's distribution strategy in these burgeoning markets and reflects the company's continuing drive to increase its retail business.

"Seagate will leverage CMS Peripherals' strong relationships with some of the biggest UK and Irish retailers to expand our user base," said Laura McGimpsey, UK and Ireland retail business development manager, Seagate Technology. "Ultimately, our goal is to ensure more and more customers can have access to high-quality, reliable disk drive products."

As retail authorised distributor, CMS Peripherals will be responsible for expanding the market for Seagate's 3.5-inch external and internal retail disc drives, USB 2.0 pocket drives and portable drives, as well as future retail products from Seagate.

"Partnering with Seagate provides us with a great opportunity to reiterate our commitment to our customers by bringing them world-class storage products," said Frinos Constantinou, business development director, CMS Peripherals. "We are confident that the synergies of this relationship with Seagate will yield mutually beneficial results for both companies."

Winner of the Distributor of the Year Award at the ICT Expo, Ireland, winner of the Storage Distributor of the Year Award 2005 from Storage magazine and of the Distributor of the Year Award at the CRN Channel Awards 2005, CMS will provide Seagate with a strong retail sales channel across UK and Ireland

About CMS Peripherals
CMS Peripherals Limited was founded in 1988 and has since grown to be the foremost independent value add storage distributor in the UK and Ireland. CMS Peripherals now turns over in excess of £100 million a year, represents over 40 manufacturers and offer 3000 plus products.

Because of CMS' absolute storage focus, it maintains a high level of expertise in the IT area. CMS occupies a position as preferred partner for some of the largest UK & Irish resellers - and as the preferred distributor for some of the best known IT brands.

The future growth of CMS Peripherals will be as a result of continued commitment to the company's customers. This commitment is manifest in all aspects of the company's offerings: from the best of breed products to award winning customer service and the maintenance of our ISO accreditations.

About Seagate
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