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TEKTRONIX CHAIRMAN MEYER TARGETS DEC. 31 FOR ELIMINATION OF OZONE DEPLETING SUBSTANCES

 TEKTRONIX CHAIRMAN MEYER TARGETS DEC. 31
 FOR ELIMINATION OF OZONE DEPLETING SUBSTANCES
 BEAVERTON, Ore., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Tektronix Inc. (NYSE: TEK), Oregon's largest manufacturer, announced today it will eliminate the use of ozone depleting substances -- called ODSs -- from its manufacturing process and product service operations by the end of 1992.
 Jerome J. Meyer, chairman and chief executive officer, has signed a company environmental policy statement specifically ending the use of chlorofluorocarbons, hydrochlorofluorocarbons, chlorobromocarbons, methyl chloroform and carbon tetrachloride. Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), for example, have been widely used in the electronics industry as a cleaning and degreasing agent in manufacturing and reconditioning equipment. In addition, CFCs are used as a coolant in a limited number of products.
 "Tektronix has been aggressive in its effort to reduce CFCs. We've trimmed our CFC consumption by nearly 70 percent during the past five years," Meyer said. "Now, we are going the rest of the way."
 Tektronix sharply reduced CFC use through an ongoing environmental review process, according to Frank Deaver, director of Corporate Environmental Affairs. The result: requests for certain types of manufacturing machinery were rejected, substitute techniques found and overall CFC consumption reduced through innovative chemical recycle and reuse programs.
 No Tektronix products actually contain CFCs, although ODS chemicals have been used for reconditioning used products. One accessory for the oscilloscope, a high-voltage probe, traditionally used Freon (a CFC) as a dielectric insulator. Tektronix introduced a CFC-free version of the probe last September. Customers were offered a $200 trade-in discount -- more than 20 percent -- designed to encourage the replacement of older versions of the probe.
 "As a result, we have an improved product that's turned out to be popular. Our order rate is impressive," said Joe Whittington, Power Measurements marketing manager. "Interestingly, our traded-in probes from Japan top the list."
 Tektronix is a worldwide manufacturer of electronic test and measurement instruments, computer graphics equipment and television systems equipment.
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 /CONTACT: Doug Babb of Tektronix, 503-627-7336/
 (TEK) CO: Tektronix Inc. ST: Oregon IN: CPR SU:


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