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Blancco Wins 2012 President of the Finnish Republic's Prestigious Internationalization Award

JOENSUU, Finland, January 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Data erasure leader is recognized along with two other leading Finnish companies for success in the international market

Blancco, the global leader in data erasure and computer reuse solutions, has been selected to receive a 2012 Internationalization Award of the President of the Republic of Finland. Each year, Finpro, a global organization that promotes the growth and success of Finnish companies on the international market, performs a search and preliminary assessment for award nominees, then prepares a proposal to the President of the Republic in cooperation with the Association for Finnish Work. This year, President Sauli Niinistö of the Finnish Republic has selected three companies for the prestigious award.

Now in their 45th year of recognizing outstanding international growth for Finnish companies, the awards were presented in Helsinki today. Blancco CEO and Co-Founder Kim Väisänen and Chairman of the Board Dr. Michael Röchner represented Blancco at the event. Other 2012 winners are Rovio Entertainment, the gaming and entertainment company that created the mobile game sensation Angry Birds, and garment manufacturer L-Fashion Group.

"As we enter our 16th year as the global leader in data erasure, it is an honor to be recognized for our hard work and technology development," said Väisänen. "And we are delighted to accept the award alongside two other outstanding Finnish companies that have made names for themselves globally."

According to Finpro CEO Kari Häyrinen, the prize winners are an example to encourage other Finnish companies to internationalize. "Export and business growth are prerequisites for Finland's success," he said. "At Finpro, we take the awards very seriously, because the success of these companies is Finland's success as well. Blancco, Rovio and L-Fashion Group are outstanding examples of the risk and courage it takes to be a contender in the global market, and we are proud to honor what they have done for our country."

In nominating Blancco, Finpro noted that the company's business idea was born when its founders read about the Finnish hospital that sold a used computer containing data about more than 3,000 patients. This gave rise to the idea of ​​professional data destruction products for hard drives. Today, with millions of licenses sold around the world, Blancco's customer base includes the European Commission, NATO, SAP, broadcaster Al-Jazeera, and many of the world's largest financial institutions.

About Blancco

Blancco is the proven data erasure solution for millions of users around the globe. As the global leader in data erasure and computer reuse solutions, Blancco offers the most certified data erasure solutions within the industry. The company serves users across a wide range of industries, including banking, finance, government and defense. The company's products are highly valued by IT asset disposal professionals around the world. Blancco operates from an extensive network of international offices and partners across Europe, North America, the Middle East, Russia, Asia and Australasia. More information is available at http://www.blancco.com.

Media Contact:
Monica Shaw
+1-770-367-9534
mshaw@carabinerpr.com

Blancco Oy Ltd.
Kim Väisänen, CEO and Co-Founder
+358-50-585-2885
kim.vaisanen@blancco.com

SOURCE Blancco Oy Ltd.



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