Feb 03, 2003

Seagate Staff Teambuild In Australia

Fourteen employees from Seagate's manufacturing plants in Northern Ireland have just returned from the trip of a life-time to Queensland, Australia, where they participated in a week-long teambuilding and learning event with over 200 Seagate colleagues from around the globe.

The annual event known as Eco Seagate, now in its fourth year, is designed to break down barriers to individual, team and company success - and teach employees about their vast potential for overcoming challenges. The five-day event uses environmentally aware, socially responsible learning and competition that incorporates Seagate's corporate values. One of the main aims of the event is to teach the value of teamwork, communication, strategic risk-taking and the willingness to change. Eco Seagate begins with four days of group learning and outdoor-skills training, culminating in a day-long adventure race that draws on the commitment, flexibility and cooperation of the more than 40 5-person teams.

Denise Loughrey, materials manager at Seagate's Limavady facility, was thrilled when she learned that she'd been chosen to attend this year's event.

"I could hardly believe it when I received my invitation," she said. "Although it was very demanding both physically and mentally, it gave me a great opportunity to meet so many of my Seagate colleagues from the four corners of the world. Teamwork can be a fairly clich?word but Eco Seagate gave me a unique insight into seeing the tangible benefits of what can be achieved when you work together as a real team. It's amazing what you can do when you play to your strengths and rely on your colleagues when you know you don't have all the answers. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life and one I will never forget. I hope I can apply some of what I learned to my day to day work at Seagate."

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives for Enterprise, PC and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to delivering 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.

Seagate has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 1,800 people between them. At the Springtown wafer fabrication facility, the Company develops and manufactures the recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a computer's hard drive. The Company's Limavady facility produces nickel-plated aluminum substrates, the core material on which computer hard disc drives read, write and store digital information.

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