BEIJING, April 1, 2005 – Lenovo Group announced today that its phase-one testing of technology for the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games has been successfully completed. The company's PC and server technologies, recently used at the European Short Track Speed Skating Championship in Torino, Italy, have met the demanding standards of both the Torino 2006 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (TOROC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Lenovo Group, the worldwide computer sponsor of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, installed servers and PCs for testing by technical experts from the IOC and TOROC at the skating event.
The event provided the 30-strong team from the Lenovo Group with the opportunity to demonstrate the strength of the company's equipment and the professionalism of its services to the Olympic technical experts who were observing the event.
More than 130 athletes from 30 countries competed during the three-day event. The short-track speed skating competition tests participants' technique, speed and perseverance. During the competition the stability, ease-of-maintenance and powerful network functions provided by Lenovo's servers and PCs left a lasting impression with on-site inspectors.
Yuanqing Yang, current president and chief executive officer of Lenovo, said, "Lenovo is delighted to be working with the International Olympic Committee to ensure the success of the 2006 Torino Games. By exceeding the IOC's demanding technical standards, we continue to demonstrate the leading performance and outstanding reliability of Lenovo computers to the world. In the months and years ahead, we look forward to supporting the IOC with computer equipment that meets and exceeds their expectations for quality."
Jean-Benoit Gauthier, the IOC Technology Director, commenting on the performance of the technical sponsors said, "Technology sponsors such as Lenovo and others have demonstrated great enthusiasm and strength throughout the testing and the results promise a successful Winter Games. The International Olympic Committee is very pleased with the results."
Successful installations and support at events such as this clearly demonstrate Lenovo's position as one of the world's leading PC makers, particularly with regards to technology and products, and related services and support. Lenovo Group is dedicated to ensuring the successful launch of the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
About Lenovo Lenovo Group Limited (HKSE: 992; ADR: LNVGY) is a leading technology enterprise in China. The Group engages primarily in the manufacturing and sale of desktop computers, notebook computers, servers and peripherals in China. Lenovo brand PCs have been the best seller in China since 1997, commanding a 26.3 percent unit share of China's PC market in 2004. Lenovo PCs also ranked number one in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) market with a 12.2 percent market share in 2004 (source: IDC).
Lenovo was listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 1994 and is currently a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index and the MSCI China Free Index. Lenovo shares in the US trade in the form of ADRs (American Depositary Receipts).
In March 2004, Lenovo joined The Olympic Partner Program of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the first Chinese company to become the computer technology equipment partner of the IOC for the period 2005 to 2008. On December 8, 2004, Lenovo and IBM announced a definitive agreement in which Lenovo will acquire IBM's global desktop computer and notebook computer business. The acquisition forms a top three global PC leader with worldwide brand recognition, leading edge technology, a balanced portfolio of products and customers and an extensive sales network. The transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2005.
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