Omron Corporation Set to Acquire Colin Medical Technology Corporation in June 2005

    KYOTO, Japan, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Omron Corporation announced today
 that it will acquire all shares of Colin Medical Technology Corporation (CMT)
 (Komaki, Japan) from Carlyle Group (Washington D.C.) and other stockholders
 through its wholly owned company, Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd. (Kyoto, Japan).
 The acquisition is planned for June 2005.
     Through this acquisition, Omron Healthcare will own CMT's medical devices
 for healthcare professionals, such as bio-information monitors, inpatient
 blood pressure monitoring devices and vascular screening devices, in addition
 to Omron Healthcare's home healthcare products, including blood pressure
 monitors and body fat analyzers.
     Omron Healthcare will become a unique company offering a wide variety of
 medical devices in operation rooms, hospitals, and the home and anticipates
 creating a new market by connecting medical workplaces and patient homes.
     "Omron predicted a shift within the medical market from treatment to
 prevention," said Mr. Hisao Sakuta, representative director and CEO of Omron
 Corporation. "To respond to this change, we spun off the healthcare business
 in 2003 and accelerated our business goals and began exploring partnership
 opportunities. With CMT reestablishing its business foundation by the support
 of Carlyle, we believe Omron Healthcare and CMT can establish a complementary
 relationship with both products and in markets."
     Since Omron Healthcare's spin off, it has shown steady growth and reached
 50.6 billion yen in sales and 7.6 billion yen in profit in the fiscal year
 ending 2005. The global market volume for healthcare devices for home use,
 such as blood pressure monitors, body fat analyzers, thermometers and
 nebulizers is expected to grow steadily from 113.5 billion yen in FYE 2004 to
 150 billion yen in FYE 2011.
     However, because Omron Healthcare has already achieved high market share
 and the increasing competition caused by Asian low-cost manufacturers, Omron
 Healthcare seeks new business domains for continued growth. Through this
 acquisition, Omron Healthcare will accelerate its growth and increase profit,
 aiming at 75 billion yen in sales and more than 15 percent growth in sales'
 profit in FYE 08.
     Since October in 2003, Carlyle has been proactively involved in supporting
 CMT, including sending Carlyle's employees to CMT's office in Komaki. Carlyle
 has also supported CMT to solve distribution stock issues from the former
 company, patent litigation and follow-up legal procedures, while looking for
 business alliances with global corporations to improve CMT's corporate value.
 As a result, CMT was able to achieve approximately 300 million yen in
 operating profits in FYE 05.
     "Because Omron Healthcare values CMT's corporate culture and independence
 as well as presented business synergies, we and CMT's management team decided
 a stock transfer was a great opportunity for all," said Mr. Tamotsu Adachi,
 managing director of Carlyle.  "We are pleased to have realized a prompt
 rejuvenation and a structure for growth."
     As the population ages especially in the developed countries, the number
 of patients with life-style related diseases, such as hypertension and
 diabetes is increasing and preventive medicine has been promoted as a
 government measure in many countries. Therefore, the preventive medicine
 market, which connects the home and the medical workplace, will emerge and
 create additional business opportunities for Omron Healthcare such as:
 
     -- Establishing a new market of hardened arteries monitoring by combining
        CMT and Omron Healthcare's technology and devices;
     -- Creating a preventive medicine care support system utilizing a
        management program for life style-related diseases and medical devices;
        and
     -- Searching opportunities and commercializing the business of connecting
        the home and medical workplaces.
 
 
     Omron Healthcare's acquisition is also intended to expand its current
 business by:
 
     -- Expanding its blood pressure monitoring business
     -- Continuing to strengthen its brand by promoting its blood pressure
        monitoring technology and products for the medical workplace (operation
        rooms and hospitals) and home use;
     -- Developing next generation blood pressure monitoring technology; and
     -- Increasing sales of CMT's products overseas.
 
 
     In addition, Omron Healthcare will maximize its synergies with CMT, while
 respecting its current management and employees. However, the acquisition
 intends to strengthen CMT products' cost competitiveness by:
 
     -- Exploring group-purchasing of materials;
     -- Considering using Omron Healthcare's manufacturing sites; and
     -- Possibly centralizing logistics
 
 
     "With consistent and strong support from Carlyle, we have solved many
 issues, rejuvenated faster than expected and are a top manufacturer of blood
 pressure monitors for medical use," said Mr. Yuzo Kambe, president and COO of
 CMT. "We believe this relationship will let us enter new business domains and
 expand our business, which we could not have successfully completed alone."
     "In addition, we will come closer to realize CMT's mission 'Reducing
 Clinical Accidents to one out of every hundred (1/100)' and 'Reducing the
 numbers of bedridden elderly people by half'," added Mr. Kambe.
 
     About Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.
     Headquartered in Kyoto, Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd. (Representative
 Director and CEO: Keiichiro Akahoshi) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Omron
 Corporation, Japan's largest control components and systems manufacturer.
 Specialized in healthcare equipment, including digital blood pressure monitors,
 digital thermometers, body fat analyzers, and nebulizers, Omron Healthcare
 employs 2,683 staffers worldwide and recorded sales of 50.6 billion yen
 (fiscal year ending March 31, 2005).
 
      Press Contacts:
      Kazuko Kuriyama
      Omron Healthcare, Inc.
      (847) 247-5637
      Kazuko.kuriyama@omron.com
 
      Kelly Harder
      Edelman
      (312) 297-7426
      Kelly.harder@edelman.com
 
 

SOURCE Omron Corporation

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