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TAB ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION OF EUROPEAN DISTRIBUTION

 PALO ALTO, Calif., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- TAB Products Co. (AMEX: TBP) announced that the company has significantly expanded its European distribution by signing exclusive agreements with independent distributors in Germany, Belgium and Norway to sell the company's color- coded lateral filing systems in those countries.
 TAB's new German distributor is the Mappei Organization Gmbh. Headquartered in Wuppertal, Germany, Mappei is a leading supplier of document filing systems with over 25 years of experience. They were attracted to TAB because of the value-added nature of the TAB color- coded lateral filing solutions. Mappei has 16 offices throughout Germany and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Posthorngruppe company, which has sales of approximately $100 million and over 800 employees.
 "We are very pleased to have Mappei as TAB's distribution partner in Germany," said Chief Executive Officer Mike Dering. "We consider Germany, with its estimated working population of 30 million, to be a major market opportunity for TAB filing systems. The Mappei organization has an experienced sales force as well as an established customer base. In addition they are backed by the substantial resources of their parent company."
 TAB has also signed up General Systems Europe (GSE) as its exclusive distributor of filing systems in Belgium. GSE is an IBM business partner whose 108 employees are skilled in the concept of consultation value-added selling. GSE has created a separate division to handle the TAB filing and furniture systems products.
 In Norway, TAB has signed up NKA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swedish Design Gruppe as its exclusive distributor. NKA has offices in Oslo as well as a nationwide network of independent agents. After starting distribution of TAB products in December 1992, NKA has successfully penetrated accounts such as the local government and the Norwegian Army.
 With the addition of these three new distributors, TAB now has dedicated filing distributors in 10 countries throughout Europe, including Denmark, France, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as a direct sales force for filing in the Netherlands, TAB's European headquarters.
 TAB Products Co., which has headquarters in Palo Alto, manufactures and markets furniture, filing systems, media storage and computer support products that are sold worldwide. The company's shares are traded on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol TBP.
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 /CONTACT: John W. Peth, executive vice president and chief operating officer of TAB, 415-852-2495; or Kevin Costello of Cameron Associates, 212-644-9560, for TAB/
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