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Koninklijke Ten Cate NV: Royal Ten Cate puts first digital inkjet machine into operation


July 2, 2013 - Almelo, The Netherlands

On Monday 1 July textile technologycompany Royal Ten Cate introduced the firstproduction machine for digital finishing on the basis of inkjet technology.TheoRietkerk, member of the Provincial Executive of Overijssel for Economy,Energyand Innovation, activated the machine at the company site of TenCateProtective& Outdoor Fabrics in Nijverdal, the Netherlands. Operation of this newmachinemarks the official transition from analogue to digital finishing oftechnicaltextiles.

With digital finishing of textile surfaces other or new characteristics canbeintroduced in existing products, leading to product modifications that meettheincreasing dynamics of wishes of customers. Digital inkjet technology givesTenCate the ability to offer on-demand delivery and mass customization onthebasis of a flexible, sustainable and cost-efficient production process.Industrial application of inkjet technology within the technical textileindustry means considerable savings in water, energy and chemicals, such asdyesand pigments.

As Ir Loek de Vries, President and CEO of TenCate, explains: 'Digitalinkjettechnology is a case of technological innovation, one of the cornerstonesof theTenCate business model. This groundbreaking innovation is the driving forcebehind new activities of TenCate. It generates new opportunities tocontinue tomeet the changing needs and expectations of the end-user.'

This digital inkjet machine is the result of an intensive cooperationbetweenReggiani Macchine, Xennia Technology and TenCate within the framework ofEuropean innovation programs. The research and development of the digitalinkjetmachine and the related research over the past years were facilitated bythesupport of the European Union, the European Technology Platform for theFutureof Textiles and Clothing, the province of Overijssel, the University ofTwenteand the region of Twente.

Royal Ten Cate

Almelo, the Netherlands, Tuesday 2 July 2013

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TenCate Protective Fabrics is a world leader in the development, productionandmarketing of protective and safety fabrics and multi-risk solutions forindustry, services, firefighting and defence. TenCate Protective Fabricshasproduction facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.

TenCate Outdoor Fabrics is a leader in the development, production andmarketingof protective fabrics for outdoor applications. Its product portfolio isincorporated in among other things in tents, sun awnings and structures.TenCateOutdoor Fabrics has a production facility in Europe.

Royal Ten Cate nv (TenCate) is a multinational company that combinestextiletechnology with chemical processes and material technology in thedevelopmentand production of functional materials with distinctive characteristics.TenCateproducts are sold throughout the world.Systems and materials from TenCate come under four areas of application:safetyand protection; space and aerospace; infrastructure and the environment;sportand recreation. TenCate occupies leading positions in protective fabrics,composites for space and aerospace, antiballistics, geosynthetics andsyntheticturf. TenCate is listed on NYSE Euronext (AMX).

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TenCate corporate
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Telephone: + 31 546 544 977
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Internet: www.tencate.com

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