TIR Systems Ltd.

TIR Systems Ltd.

January 05, 2005 09:00 ET

TIR Systems Signs Distribution Agreement in the UK; The Robert Horne Group to distribute LightScript™ and LightMark™ in the UK


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FOR: TIR SYSTEMS LTD.

TSX SYMBOL: TIR

JANUARY 5, 2005 - 09:00 ET

TIR Systems Signs Distribution Agreement in the UK;
The Robert Horne Group to distribute LightScript™
and LightMark™ in the UK

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 5, 2005) - TIR Systems
Ltd. (TSX:TIR), a world leader in light enabling technology, is pleased
to announce the signing of a distribution agreement with The Robert
Horne Group, one of a worldwide network of operating companies, 11 being
in Europe, owned by PaperlinX Limited (ASX:PPT), Melbourne, Australia.

The agreement will see Cox Plastics, a division of The Robert Horne
Group, sell TIR's Solid State Lighting products, LightScript™ and
LightMark™, into the illuminated sign sales market in the UK, valued
by the European Sign Federation at Euro 480 million, of which neon is
approximately 40%, or EUR 197 million.

Cox Plastics is a leading supplier of plastics and other graphic
materials to the UK sign and fabrication industries through a nationwide
network of branches and logistics centers and has a 30-35% market share
in the sign supply industry in the UK.

The agreement unites TIR's expertise in designing and manufacturing
Solid State Lighting products for corporate identity solutions with Cox
Plastics' marketing, distribution and servicing network in the UK. The
Company has placed an initial stocking order of $200,000.

"We are very pleased to have signed this agreement and opened up such a
robust and receptive channel network in the UK," said Leonard Hordyk,
President & CEO. "During negotiations we found Cox to be as passionate
and committed to the application of Solid State Lighting in corporate
identity solutions as we are and we are looking forward to a fruitful
partnership."

"With the UK sign industry now appreciating the advantages in brightness
and reduced energy and maintenance requirements of LED-based lighting,
we are seeing an increase in demand for LED-based products to replace
neon," said Dave Allen, Divisional Director Sign and Display Division,
Robert Horne Group. "As such we are delighted to have signed this
agreement with TIR, a company we regard as world leaders in the
development of Solid State Lighting."

In anticipation of the agreement being signed the two companies have
been working on a number of pilot projects, where multi-site
outlet-based businesses in the UK see the inherent benefits of replacing
neon with LED-based lighting.

About PaperlinX

PaperlinX Limited is a leading international paper merchant, with
businesses in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, North America and Europe,
including the United Kingdom and Ireland. Through its Australian Paper
division, it is also the only Australasian producer of high quality
communication papers, and a major producer of high performance packaging
and industrial papers. The company reported a sales revenue of Aus$6.2
billion in the year ending 30th June 2004.

To find out more about PaperlinX Limited, visit www.paperlinx.com.au.

About The Robert Horne Group

The Robert Horne Group is the UK's largest paper, plastics and board
merchant and part of PaperlinX Limited. The Robert Horne Group includes
the following operating divisions: The Robert Horne Paper Co, Robert
Horne Business Papers, Glenmore Business Papers, Cox Plastics, A&P
Display and, Paragon Imaging Materials.

To find out more about The Robert Horne Group, visit:
www.roberthorne.co.uk/.

About TIR Systems Ltd.

TIR Systems Ltd., a world leader in delivering specialty lighting
systems, is building the foundations for tomorrow's lighting. Through
sound innovation and proven technical capability, TIR is developing,
designing and marketing the core technologies that will allow Solid
State Lighting (SSL) to move to the forefront of mainstream lighting.

To find out more about TIR Systems Ltd. (TSX:TIR), visit www.tirsys.com.

This News Release contains forward-looking statements concerning
anticipated developments in the Company's business, which statements can
be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as
"committed", "will see" or the negative thereof or any other variations
thereon or comparable terminology referring to future events or results.
Forward-looking statements are statements about the future and are
inherently uncertain, and the actual value of the Company's products
purchased could be materially less than those anticipated in those
forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors, including
without limitation, the need for performance of Cox Plastics; the
ability of the Company and Cox Plastics to complete the sale and fulfill
their contractual obligations; manufacturing risks; product liability
risks; the effect of competition; as well as a description of other
risks and uncertainties affecting the Company and its business, as
contained in the Company's most recent Annual Information Form and other
subsequent news releases and filings with the Canadian Securities
Regulatory Authorities, any of which could cause actual revenues to vary
materially from the Company's anticipated future results.
Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, opinions and
expectations of the Company's management at the time they are made, and
the Company does not assume any obligation to update its forward-looking
statement if those beliefs, opinions or expectations, or other
circumstances should change.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    TIR Systems Ltd.
    J. Caren Holtby
    Investor Relations Manager
    (604) 473-2318
    Email: caren.holtby@tirsys.com
    Website: www.tirsys.com
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