Leeport Group form Partnership with Metris; Initial order for Metris equipment worth more than 4 million euro

Leuven, 18 January 2007 – Metris (Euronext Brussels: MTRS), the total metrology solution provider, and Leeport Group, the foremost metrology distribution company in Greater China have agreed a sales, service and marketing partnership that will dramatically raise the Metris profile in this rapidly expanding region. Metris has taken an initial order worth more than 4 million euro and will be equipping the Leeport demonstration centers as well as meeting a steady requirement for a broad range of Metris metrology equipment for the region to be delivered this year.

We are partnering with Metris because their impressive and advanced metrology products that fit perfectly together with our existing offering, allowing us to offer a complete range of multi-sensor metrology solutions to our customers in Greater China”, said, Mr. Joseph Lee, chairman and founder of Leeport Group. “Offering Metris products to our customers will mean that we can meet the needs of the expanding automotive and aerospace sectors. We will also be offering complete local service and product training courses for our customers through our established service centers”.

 

Under the new partnership agreement Leeport Group, with over 150 dedicated metrology sales, marketing, service and support staff in the region, will promote the complete range of Metris’ highly innovative metrology solutions products.

Leeport Group have chosen to work with Metris because the company’s product portfolio which opens up new opportunities for large volume measurement and also for portable and high throughput laser sensor applications complementing their current broad Metrology portfolio.

Leeport Group will be equipping their three premier demonstration facilities in China with all of the Metris products including the highly innovative cross scanner, indoor GPS, Optical CMM and Laser Radar product families.

 

The Metris product range includes a portfolio of innovative products consisting of both optical and mechanical metrology equipment capable of precision measurement from small precision components up to completed production units up to the size of a commercial airliner.

Metris and Leeport Group will be working closely together to develop the greater China region whilst also exploring further opportunities for partnership that will benefits both companies in the future.

 

China is one of the fastest expanding markets in the world for precision measurement equipment”, concludes Andy Cumming, Managing Director for Metris ROW organization, “The partnership with Leeport Group gives Metris a huge step up in our ability to satisfy the demand from the region for our highly innovative systems”.

Contact

Renaat Van Cauter – Metris – Email Contact – Tel +32 16 74 01 01

Nathalie Verbeeck – Citigate – Email Contact – Mobile +32 477 45 75 41

About Metris

Metris (Euronext – MTRS) designs, develops and markets a unique range of 3D hardware and software inspection systems for the automotive and aerospace sectors. The company offers world-class metrology solutions for both the design and manufacturing communities. The company’s comprehensive product family covers the full range of measurement volumes required by customers, in both fixed and portable configurations and with optical and touch sensors.

Metris provides best-in-class precision equipment and metrology solutions for classical CMM measurements featuring bridge and horizontal arm CMMs.

Metris is the market leader for CMM based laser inspection, with the Metris LC and XC laser scanners offering full surface and feature measurement.

Metris Optical CMMs are portable, hand-held coordinate measuring machines, with a proven track record in engineering, pre-production, and quality control applications. The Optical CMMs can also be used in motion analysis and robot calibration applications.

Metris Handheld 3D Scanners are the best-in-class articulated arm scanners for inspection and reverse engineering.

The Metris Laser Radar is the top solution available to the manufacturing industry that provides a fully automated, non-contact measurement and inspection capability for large-volume applications of up to 60 meters.

The Metris iGPS is a modular, large volume tracking system enabling factory-wide localization of multiple objects with metrology accuracy, applicable in manufacturing and assembly.

Metris completes its product portfolio with a full range of complementary software solutions for inspection and reverse engineering applications.

Metris Headquarters are in Leuven (Belgium) with additional production and development centers in the UK (Derby, London) US (California, Detroit, Virginia), China, Russia, India and Bulgaria. Metris provides a worldwide network of sales and support offices located in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Metris is publicly listed on the Euronext Brussels stock exchange as MTRS.

More information on Metris can be found on www.metris.com.

About Leeport Group

Established in 1967, Leeport [Hong Kong Stock Exchange - Leeport (HOLD)] is principally engaged in the trading and installation of machine tools and related products, as well as equipment for the electronics industry. Over the years, Leeport has established long-term relationships with reputable leading global suppliers to provide a wide range of products and services. Leeport is committed to supplying advanced equipment and manufacturing solutions and providing quality customer services. An important step to penetrate the precision measuring instruments market was the partnering in 2003 with Mitutoyo Corporation to form a joint venture, Leeport Metrology Corporation. In 2005  Leeport realized 79.4 million euro of revenues. The partnership between Leeport and Metris enhances the product offering for precision measurement.

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