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UNISTOR TO MANUFACTURE DISK DRIVES IN RUSSIA; FIRST COMPANY TO NEGOTIATE 2.5-INCH DRIVE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER TO RUSSIA

 UNISTOR TO MANUFACTURE DISK DRIVES IN RUSSIA;


FIRST COMPANY TO NEGOTIATE 2.5-INCH DRIVE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER TO RUSSIA
 LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- UniStor Corp. today announced the completion of the first successful transfer of 2.5-inch disk drive technology to Russia. Approved at the highest levels of Volgograd's Regional Committee under Russian President Boris Yeltsin, UniStor will begin manufacturing disk drives in Volgograd, Russia, with their new joint venture partner, Volzhsky Computer Works, in the summer of 1992.
 The new partnership will operate under the name of VolzhStor, and employ approximately 350 former Volzhsky technicians and manufacturing experts.
 "Developing relationships with companies such as UniStor to establish manufacturing facilities in Russia for high-technology is preferred," said Vladimir A. Levchenko, head of the RSFSR's (Russia's) Foreign Economic Relations Branch, Administration of the President. "U.S. companies benefit by reduced manufacturing and labor costs; Russia benefits through the expansion of our capabilities to manufacture these high-technology products and the implementation of new manufacturing employment for Russian workers."
 James F. Kingsrud, UniStor's executive vice president and chief operating officer, said, "A high-level Russian delegation met with executives at PrairieTek in Colorado last year to bid for the company's 2.5-inch 42 megabyte (MB) disk drive technology. UniStor initiated discussions with Alexander V. Rutskoy, vice president of RSFSR and chairman of the Committee of Supreme Soviet, to discuss their interest in PrairieTek drives. We felt we could facilitate a successful technology transfer, and provide a win-win solution for all parties."
 The Russian facility will initially manufacture 2.5-inch, 42 MB disk drives. The drives will be incorporated into a new line of battery- powered, portable disk drives by UniStor. Technology acquired from PrairieTek will be incorporated in the drives, which will feature mean- time-between-failure (MTBF) ratings as high as 250,000 hours, and power consumption under one watt. The drives will feature advanced ramp head loading capability, which reduces disk head and media wear compared to other designs.
 The new 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility includes a 3,000-square-foot clean room for disk drive assembly and repair. The installation was converted from a military complex into a Volzhsky Computer Works, one of Russia's largest manufacturing entities specializing in the computer industry.
 "We suspect there may be some questions as to whether disk drives manufactured in Russia will be able to measure up to U.S. standards for quality and reliability," said Michael Campbell, president and chief executive officer of UniStor Corp. "To address this issue, UniStor will oversee every aspect of the manufacturing process."
 Campbell added, "UniStor has no plans to compete directly with other disk drive manufacturers, and will incorporate Russian-built drives into our new portable disk drive line, or sell them through Russian domestic distribution channels only."
 UniStor is multinational organization specializing in the storage peripheral segment of the computer industry.
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