Budapest, 29 May 2007 – State Printing House Plc received a ‘NATO SECRET’ level qualification from the Hungarian Ministry of Defense. The new, complex NATO certification is valid for 5 years.

The Company has been an official supplier to NATO previously as well. The level of the current qualification is higher, so –called ‘NATO SECRET’ State Printing House Plc has met the advanced professional, economic and security requirements raised by the Republic of Hungary and the NATO which enables the Company to take part in tenders of NATO organizations and member states The certification was carried out by competent organization of the National Security Office (NBH). The plants, operational order and financial situation of State Printing House Plc were examined as a part of the security due-diligence. Those executives and professionals of the Company who work with products qualified as state secret has met the requirements of B and C type national security due-diligence.

György Gyergyák, General Manager commented: ‘With the advanced level NATO security qualification, new markets are opening to State Printing House Plc where the Company can utilize its laser engraving personalization technology at its card personalization center and its document security developments among others. The advanced security level operation required by the NATO ensures adequate references for us and last but not least for our clients as well.’

The production processes and plants of State Printing House Plc. are audited annually by domestic and international qualifying organizations. The Company holds a VISA and MATERCARD card production and personalization certificate, and the ISO 27001 information protection certificate. The market position and international professional competence is ensured by the fact that according to the international research company PIRA, State Printing House Plc. is one of those security printing houses in Hungary and in the CEE region with the largest sales revenue. The Company’s shares are listed on the Budapest Stock Exchange since December 2005, the major domestic and foreign shareholders include AEGON Group (30,3%), EG Capital (18,1%), Genesis Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund (8,4%) .

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