News release

Date: 2nd July 2010

LuraTech enters the UK

Gary Hodkinson leads new subsidiary

July 2 2010 - The Software provider LuraTech has founded a new subsidiary in the UK, which is located near London. Gary Hodkinson has been appointed Managing Director of LuraTech Ltd., with more than a decade of experience in document and business process management.

The new subsidiary is part of LuraTech’s drive to position its two major product lines, the LuraDocument PDF Compressor Enterprise and DocYard, at the forefront of the UK document conversion market. The LuraDocument PDF Compressor Enterprise is a production grade application for compression, conversion to PDF(/A), OCR, classification and form data extraction. DocYard from LuraTech is a complete platform integrating all the functions of document conversion in workflows, which can be managed centrally.

“We believe that our new UK subsidiary will make an important contribution to further growth of the LuraTech group,” said Carsten Heiermann, managing director of LuraTech Europe GmbH. “Gary has a lot of valuable experience and a strong track record of successfully establishing companies in our sector in the UK market.” Gary was previously at ActionPoint (subsequently purchased by Captiva and EMC), followed by roles in both Paradatec and Contempus.

Gary added, “LuraTech is well known for its leading-edge software solutions and outstanding support. With a local subsidiary we can develop direct contacts with customers and provide more personal support, which will be critical to our success in this region. We are already talking to major UK organisations and hope to be announcing our first successes in the near future.

About LuraTech:
LuraTech provides software, services and outstanding support for document conversion. LuraDocument PDF Compressor Enterprise is a production-level application for compression, conversion to PDF and PDF//A, OCR, classification and form data extraction. DocYard is a complete, centrally managed platform that integrates all functions of document conversion into seamless workflows. LuraTech has been a leading provider of document and image compression solutions based on open and ISO standards since it was founded in 1995.

LuraTech’s reference customers include scan service providers Arvato (Bertelsmann) and Ratiodata, German health insurance provider DAK, the German state bank of Hesse and Thuringia (Helaba), the Kreissparkasse Ludwigsburg savings bank and other savings banks, the city of Stuttgart and numerous other cities and communities, publisher Heinrich Bauer Verlag, and energy providers Vattenfall, RWE and E.ON. International reference customers include Harvard University, the U.S. Library of Congress, the Dutch Royal Library, the Internet Archive and the U.S. Air Force.

LuraTech strengthens its leadership position with strategic partnerships, such as with ABBYY, and close collaboration with research institutions, such as the Technical University of Berlin. LuraTech was a voting delegate for German standards institute DIN for the ISO standardization of JPEG2000 and works with the ISO committee for PDF/A.

LuraTech is an active participant in various associations, including the working committee “Standards” and in regional groups of the Association of Organization and Information Systems (VOI). In addition, LuraTech is the initiator and founding member of the PDF/A Competence Center - a global association with more than 100 members. LuraTech also is a member in the associations AIIM, ARMA, NIRMA and TAWPI and contributes to the consortium for economic administration (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für wirtschaftliche Verwaltung, AWV).

The company headquarters are in Berlin, with additional locations in Remscheid, Germany, San Jose, California in the United States, Swindon, UK.
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Contact Details:
LuraTech Ltd
Gary Hodkinson
Tel: +44 1793 852100
Fax: +44 1793 238252

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Nicole Koerber
Phone: +49 451 88199-12
Fax: +49 451 88199-29

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