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February 08, 2011 08:00 ET

Image Microsystems Wins Green Reverse Logistics Award

Award Presented to the Company Selected for Setting the Standard for Excellence in Sustainable Reverse Logistics Operations

AUSTIN, TX and LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - February 8, 2011) - Image Microsystems -- a leading provider of technology restoration, reverse logistics, e-waste recycling, and recycled plastic products manufacturing -- today announced they have been awarded the Green Reverse Logistics Award by the Reverse Logistics Association. The prestigious award is presented each year at the Reverse Logistics Association Conference and Expo held in Las Vegas, NV. The award was the result of three months of nominations and final selection by the Reverse Logistics Association Advisory Board and professional staff.

"We are honored to have been selected for this award," stated Alex Abadi, PhD, CEO of Image Microsystems. "We've worked long and hard to ensure that our reverse logistics offerings are the most cost effective and attain the highlest levels of sustainabilty for our customers," added Abadi. "We've also invested in programs to help develop a closed-loop -- from asset recovery through recycling and ultimately to products manufactured from e-waste," concluded Abadi.

One result of that effort is patent pending MicroStrate™ sign substrate. It is a versatile material made completely of recycled e-waste plastic. Image Microsystems' proprietary manufacturing process combines "dirty" plastic found in spent printer cartridges and computer or printer housings and converts it into resilient, cost-effective, earth-friendly products such as traffic signs and markers. "Dirty" plastic is considered valueless in the recycling supply chain and as a result frequently ends up in landfills or incinerated. Now, purchasers of signage and markers made from MicroStrate™ material can save money on a product as tough -- but not as theft-prone as aluminum -- while simultaneously feeling good about contributing to carbon footprint and e-waste reduction. 

"Image Microsystems is showing the industry a path towards the next generation of possibilities," confirmed Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth, Program Director, Transportation and Logistics Management for the American Public University System. "They are truly the intersection between technology and research," concluded Dr. Hedgepeth. 

Image Microsystems provides a totally closed-loop asset recovery service to major OEMs and retailers. For example, one of the world's largest computer manufacturers partners with Image Microsystems for asset recovery and recycling of their returned products including spent printer cartridges. Those materials that can be refurbished are remarketed. The material that cannot be reused is recycled -- with the recycled material converted into MicroStrate™ signage installed on the OEM's campuses.

Currently, most e-waste ends up in China or other developing countries where it is a large and growing problem. As the problem grows, more and more "fake" recyclers enter the picture. Ethical companies such as Image Microsystems have searched for efficient methods of recycling and uses for e-waste. MicroStrate™ signage is a result of those efforts. The proprietary technology developed by Image Microsystems allows dirty e-waste plastic to be turned into a useable material for traffic signage and road markers. No other reverse logistics provider has this type of technology currently in use. You can learn more about the MicroStrate™ manufacturing process on the company's YouTube channel.

About Image Microsystems, Inc.
Founded in 1992, Image Microsystems Inc. is a reverse logistics and technology restoration leader dedicated to offering innovative solutions to eliminate the legal, financial, and environmental risk associated with information technology and consumer electronics reclamation, recycling, and disposal. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.imagemicrosystems.com.

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