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Monday, Nov 3, 2003 4:00 AM

COLOGNE, Germany, November 3, 2003- Geomagic has opened Geomagic GmbH, a new subsidiary to serve customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Gerd Schwaderer is the business development manager for the new operation, based in Cologne, Germany. His office provides product sales and technical support for the region known as EMEA, which accounts for 25 percent of Geomagic’s total revenue.

“The German subsidiary enables us to better support the efforts of our resellers and customers,” says Jim Johnson, vice president of worldwide sales for Geomagic. “EMEA was the last major geography without a direct Geomagic presence, and we’re pleased to establish one.”

Schwaderer has industry expertise in key markets for Geomagic. In his last position as senior automotive consultant with EDS in the Ford program office, Schwaderer did project work in reverse engineering, surfacing and virtual reality. His background also includes the consumer goods, aerospace, medical and environmental industries.

Geomagic software enables manufacturers to move easily between a physical part and its digital model for design, manufacturing and inspection, resulting in greater speed, accuracy and reliability.

“Germany’s strong manufacturing base makes it an ideal location for us to expand. We already have close ties with the automotive and industrial design industries in the region, and we look forward to further strengthening these relationships,” says Johnson.

Geomagic GmbH can be contacted by phone at +49 (0) 1787 767887 or by e-mailing gschwade@geomagic.com.

About Geomagic

Geomagic (www.geomagic.com) is a global company dedicated to advancing and applying 3D technology for the benefit of humanity. Geomagic’s scanning and design software solutions are used to capture and model 3D content from physical objects, organically sculpt complex shapes, and prepare products for manufacturing. In addition, the company produces powerful 3D metrology and inspection software that verifies dimensional quality by comparing as-built products to master designs. Geomagic’s Sensable Phantom haptic devices simulate the sense of touch in a digital environment. 

Geomagic’s software and hardware are utilized by world-class customers in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, consumer products, toys, collectibles, coindesign, jewelry, fine art, heritage restoration, research, education, mold making, entertainment, training and surgical simulation. In fact, some of the world’s leading companies and research organizationsuse Geomagic software, including Ford, BMW,Boeing, Harley DavidsonTimberland, Mattel/Fisher Price, Lego, Pratt & WhitneyNASA, Schneider Electronic, 3M, Danaher and Invisalign. Geomagic is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, with an office in Boston, subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, and channel partners worldwide.

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