Steelcase and Appliance Studio Announce Alliance to Develop Information Appliances for Workplace Environments

- Both Companies Will Jointly Research the Impact of Technology on the

Workplace and Develop New Products Aimed at Streamlining the Process of

Organizing Daily Activities in the Office-



- Alliance Marks the First Major Initiative Between Steelcase and the

Hewlett-Packard Spin-off -



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Steelcase Inc.

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Steelcase Inc. (NYSE:   SCS),
 the world's preeminent designer and manufacturer of products used to create
 high-performance work environments, today announced an alliance with Appliance
 Studio Ltd. (ASL), a technology research company that develops information
 appliances.  Steelcase and ASL will jointly develop information technology
 appliances that will streamline and simplify the process of scheduling daily
 activities, communications and events throughout the workplace.
     Steelcase and ASL formed the alliance to determine the new types of
 information appliances that will become part of the workplace of the future.
 Founded with the intent to partner with innovative companies like Steelcase,
 ASL will combine its advanced software applications with Steelcase's extensive
 knowledge of the workplace to create a new category of products that will
 improve the effectiveness of people who work in an office environment.
 Information appliances are typically single purpose, intuitive technology
 devices such as cell phones, personal digital assistants and pagers that
 people use individually to perform useful, everyday tasks at work.  Networked
 appliances can coordinate with each other and the people using them to perform
 more complex tasks.
     "Steelcase is committed to creating user-centered work environments that
 accommodate seamless use of technology throughout the entire physical
 workplace," said Mark Greiner, Senior Vice President of Advanced Concepts,
 Research & Development and Ventures for Steelcase.  "In our continued effort
 to align Steelcase with technology leaders, we look forward to working with
 Appliance Studio to develop information appliances that will enable people to
 access the information they need from anywhere in the office."
     This alliance is another example of how Steelcase is further strengthening
 its commitment to developing products that will reshape office environments in
 the future.  The company plans to join with industry leaders who focus on
 emerging technologies and explore specific product opportunities that are of
 great benefit to the knowledge worker.
     "The Internet, with its associated tools and technologies, has created a
 tremendous opportunity to communicate and share information among knowledge
 workers," said Ray Crispin, co-founder and managing director of ASL.   "By
 combining Internet technologies with human-centered design, Steelcase and ASL
 are beginning to build information appliances that make the workplace a more
 enjoyable physical environment, inspiring people who work there.
     Steelcase and Appliance Studio will launch their first new information
 appliance and preview two others at NeoCon 2001, the leading contract
 furniture trade show in Chicago in June.  The new line of products will be
 sold through Details, a Steelcase company.
 
     About Steelcase Inc.
     Steelcase Inc. helps individuals and organizations around the world to
 work more effectively by providing knowledge, products and services that
 enable customers and their consultants to create work environments that
 harmoniously integrate architecture, furniture and technology.  Founded in
 Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1912, the company has led the office furniture in
 sales every year since 1974.  Its product portfolio includes interior
 architectural products, furniture systems, technology products, seating,
 lighting, storage and related products and services.  Fiscal 2001 global
 revenues were approximately $3.9 billion.  Steelcase Inc.
 (http://www.steelcase.com) and its subsidiaries have dealers in more than 800
 locations, manufacturing facilities in more than 30 locations and more than
 20,000 employees around the world.  Its stock trades on the NYSE under the
 symbol SCS.
 
     About Appliance Studio Ltd.
     The Appliance Studio (http://www.appliancestudio.com) is a privately
 owned, limited company that was established in 1999 as the result of an
 initiative by Hewlett-Packard Laboratories.  It is directed by two senior
 managers, ASL co-founders Bill Sharpe and Ray Crispin, formerly of HP
 Laboratories, Bristol, England.  The Appliance Studio
 (http://www.appliancestudio.com) was formed to bring together design houses
 and research groups, as well as manufacturers and service companies to create
 an innovation network for information appliances and environments.
 Hewlett- Packard's goal in being a founding sponsor of ASL is to partner with
 innovative companies in developing new opportunities in information appliances
 and environments.
 
 

SOURCE Steelcase Inc.
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Steelcase Inc. (NYSE:   SCS),
 the world's preeminent designer and manufacturer of products used to create
 high-performance work environments, today announced an alliance with Appliance
 Studio Ltd. (ASL), a technology research company that develops information
 appliances.  Steelcase and ASL will jointly develop information technology
 appliances that will streamline and simplify the process of scheduling daily
 activities, communications and events throughout the workplace.
     Steelcase and ASL formed the alliance to determine the new types of
 information appliances that will become part of the workplace of the future.
 Founded with the intent to partner with innovative companies like Steelcase,
 ASL will combine its advanced software applications with Steelcase's extensive
 knowledge of the workplace to create a new category of products that will
 improve the effectiveness of people who work in an office environment.
 Information appliances are typically single purpose, intuitive technology
 devices such as cell phones, personal digital assistants and pagers that
 people use individually to perform useful, everyday tasks at work.  Networked
 appliances can coordinate with each other and the people using them to perform
 more complex tasks.
     "Steelcase is committed to creating user-centered work environments that
 accommodate seamless use of technology throughout the entire physical
 workplace," said Mark Greiner, Senior Vice President of Advanced Concepts,
 Research & Development and Ventures for Steelcase.  "In our continued effort
 to align Steelcase with technology leaders, we look forward to working with
 Appliance Studio to develop information appliances that will enable people to
 access the information they need from anywhere in the office."
     This alliance is another example of how Steelcase is further strengthening
 its commitment to developing products that will reshape office environments in
 the future.  The company plans to join with industry leaders who focus on
 emerging technologies and explore specific product opportunities that are of
 great benefit to the knowledge worker.
     "The Internet, with its associated tools and technologies, has created a
 tremendous opportunity to communicate and share information among knowledge
 workers," said Ray Crispin, co-founder and managing director of ASL.   "By
 combining Internet technologies with human-centered design, Steelcase and ASL
 are beginning to build information appliances that make the workplace a more
 enjoyable physical environment, inspiring people who work there.
     Steelcase and Appliance Studio will launch their first new information
 appliance and preview two others at NeoCon 2001, the leading contract
 furniture trade show in Chicago in June.  The new line of products will be
 sold through Details, a Steelcase company.
 
     About Steelcase Inc.
     Steelcase Inc. helps individuals and organizations around the world to
 work more effectively by providing knowledge, products and services that
 enable customers and their consultants to create work environments that
 harmoniously integrate architecture, furniture and technology.  Founded in
 Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1912, the company has led the office furniture in
 sales every year since 1974.  Its product portfolio includes interior
 architectural products, furniture systems, technology products, seating,
 lighting, storage and related products and services.  Fiscal 2001 global
 revenues were approximately $3.9 billion.  Steelcase Inc.
 (http://www.steelcase.com) and its subsidiaries have dealers in more than 800
 locations, manufacturing facilities in more than 30 locations and more than
 20,000 employees around the world.  Its stock trades on the NYSE under the
 symbol SCS.
 
     About Appliance Studio Ltd.
     The Appliance Studio (http://www.appliancestudio.com) is a privately
 owned, limited company that was established in 1999 as the result of an
 initiative by Hewlett-Packard Laboratories.  It is directed by two senior
 managers, ASL co-founders Bill Sharpe and Ray Crispin, formerly of HP
 Laboratories, Bristol, England.  The Appliance Studio
 (http://www.appliancestudio.com) was formed to bring together design houses
 and research groups, as well as manufacturers and service companies to create
 an innovation network for information appliances and environments.
 Hewlett- Packard's goal in being a founding sponsor of ASL is to partner with
 innovative companies in developing new opportunities in information appliances
 and environments.
 
 SOURCE  Steelcase Inc.