The Tantec Group Acquires Subsidiary from MKS/ION Systems

Tantec Group, a leading provider of surface treatment solutions for improving
adhesion, acquires the electrical surface treatment subsidiary of MKS/ION Systems,
based in Illinois, USA.

Founded in 1974 in Denmark, the Tantec Group consists of 4 divisions in Europe and, with the acquisition of the surface treatment subsidiary of MKS/ION Systems, 1 division in the United States. Ownership of the Tantec Group has recently been taken over by Morten Thrane and Jürgen Morlock.

The Tantec Group develops, designs and produces Corona and Plasma Surface
Treatment equipment, which improves the adhesive bonding characteristics of plastic and
rubber surfaces. The Group focuses on providing products and services to the medical
device and automotive industries.

With this key acquisition, service to the North American market will focus on one core
business, Corona and Plasma Surface Treatment, discontinuing service of static
equipment. The US-operation's new name is Tantec EST Inc., which operates from a newly
established 4,500 sq. ft. sales and service office in Glendale Heights, Illinois.

The surface treatment subsidiary of MKS/ION Systems was previously owned by Tantec
Inc. based in Schaumburg, Illinois, but was acquired as part of the acquisition of Tantec Inc. by MKS/ION last year. Before its acquisition, Tantec Inc. offered static and surface treatment solutions to the North American market. Management and key personnel from the MKS/ION operation continue to work at the new Tantec EST Inc.

"We're proud to join the Tantec Group and know that our customers will enjoy enhanced
benefits in working with us. After more than 30 years of serving the plastic industry,
Tantec is a forward-looking company known for its cutting-edge technology and
customized solutions, as well as a high level of service and support," said Chuck Schueler, General Manager, Tantec EST Inc.

Over the next few years, the Tantec Group will dedicate a great deal of resources to make Tantec EST Inc. one of the leading suppliers of surface treatment equipment in the North American market. The Tantec Group R&D department, based in Lunderskov, Denmark, is working very hard to develop new ways of treating a wide variety of complex moulded and extruded product surfaces.

Tantec EST Inc. will continue its close relationship with its US field representatives. Jürgen Morlock, owner of the Tantec Group, said, "We can assure that their representatives and customers will continue to receive the highest levels of service and support. The Tantec Group is dedicated to helping representatives and their customers achieve their business objectives."

Business is already going strong for the new division, especially after the June NPE Show in Chicago. The show was the first public appearance for Tantec EST as part of the Tantec Group. A great deal of interest was shown in their new systems: PlasmaTEC and the improved RotoTEC for 3-D corona treatment.

Tantec EST is continuously growing and is currently looking for a talented sales and
application engineer to strengthen the team at Glendale Heights.

Luise Bang
Marketing Manager

Tantec A/S
Industrivej 6
DK-6640 Lunderskov
Mobil +45 26 27 09 56
Phone +45 75 58 58 22

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