Lighthammer Opens Office in Europe; Support For Burgeoning Business Across EMEA

COPENHAGEN, Denmark--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 25, 2005--Lighthammer(R), the leading supplier of Collaborative Manufacturing solutions, announced that is has expanded its international operations by opening an office in Belgium. The new office is designed to support Lighthammer's growth in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Lighthammer has developed a significant customer base including a number of prominent manufacturing and process companies across the territory including SABMiller, Kellogg, Wyeth, Toyota, Whirlpool/Bauknecht and BASF.

"Lighthammer's international activities have accelerated significantly over the past year, and we welcome the increased growth with the opening of our EMEA office," commented Russ Fadel, President and CEO of Lighthammer. "Lighthammer CMS enables global corporations to meet the challenges of the global economy with tools to measure, improve and synchronize their manufacturing operations around the world. Lighthammer's revolutionary technology allows manufacturers to achieve results in a fraction of the time of other approaches, delivering a sustainable competitive advantage to those companies that adopt our products," added Mr. Fadel.

Jan De Winne, formerly of SSA Global, has been brought on board as Account Executive to lead the charge across the territory, working both directly with customers and with Lighthammer's growing partner network. "Jan has a wonderful breadth of experience for this new role, having worked for ABB in shop floor operations, all the way up to consultative selling of ERP in his years at SSA Global. We are confident that his understanding across all levels of the enterprise will help drive business for Lighthammer across EMEA," added Stephen Cloughley, Vice President of International Operations. "Our current EMEA partner network will also enjoy greater success through this local presence, as they embark on corporate rollouts of Lighthammer CMS across the territory."

Lighthammer is using its presence at SAP's European Sapphire event as the launch event for its European Operations. During the three-day event, Lighthammer will be supporting SAP's Adaptive Manufacturing initiative by presenting its solutions in the SAP NetWeaver Partner Pavilion as well as in its own booth, DI 2.5 at the event. As an SAP Powered by NetWeaver Partner, Lighthammer provides a platform for enabling plant floor applications and their data to be consumed by and interact with composite applications built with SAP NetWeaver(R). This empowers NetWeaver applications with real-time data and events, driving more accurate and timely decisions and accelerating the response to demand and supply altering events.

Lighthammer will be showcasing these solutions at the Americas SAP Users Group (ASUG) in Anaheim, CA, May 1 - 4 and will again be exhibiting in SAP's NetWeaver Partner Pavilion as well as their own booth #902 at the Boston, MA-based North American Sapphire event, May 17 - 19, 2005. More information on these events can be found on Lighthammer's website.

Background Information: About Lighthammer(R), a privately held corporation headquartered in Exton, PA., develops and markets Lighthammer Collaborative Manufacturing Suite (CMS), the world's first and only composite application platform for manufacturing Operational Excellence. Lighthammer CMS provide the complete set of services required to quickly assemble operational excellence applications in the areas of Performance Management, Continuous Improvement and Operational Synchronization. Built on a modern, service-oriented architecture, Lighthammer CMS enables composite applications to be created in a fraction of the time of traditional approaches, increasing responsiveness and delivering exceptional business returns

Lighthammer is an SAP Powered by NetWeaver and SAP xApps Partner, and is currently in use at hundreds of companies worldwide and has been selected by more than 100 of the Fortune 500 manufacturers as their Collaborative Manufacturing solution.

Further information on Lighthammer and its products can be found at www.lighthammer.com.

Lighthammer's European Office is located at:


Beekveldstraat 1

B-1980 Zemst, Belgium

Lighthammer's Global Headquarters are located at:

350 Eagleview Boulevard

Suite 110

Exton, Pennsylvania 19341

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