Elo Touch Solutions Named a "Rising Star" by Global Technology Distribution Council

Seventh Annual U.S. Awards Spotlight How Strong Distribution Partnerships Optimize Sales and Market Reach

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MENLO PARK, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 13, 2012) - Elo Touch Solutions, a premier global supplier of touch solutions including touchscreen components, touchmonitors, and all-in-one (AiO) touchcomputers, received one of the technology industry's most prestigious honors -- a U.S. "Rising Star" award presented by the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC). The GTDC Rising Star awards recognize tech companies for exceptional regional sales growth over the past year through their distribution partners. GTDC members are among the world's most successful technology distributors, driving more than $100 billion in product sales across the globe. Elo received the organization's U.S. Gold Rising Star for year-over-year hardware sales growth.

Elo Touch Solutions, Inc., a portfolio company of The Gores Group was among only 12 overall U.S. winners chosen from hundreds of manufacturers and publishers who rely on distributors to meet the product and service requirements of technology solution providers nationwide. The GTDC's 7th U.S. Rising Star awards were presented Sept. 12 in Newport Beach, California.

The GTDC's U.S. Gold, Silver and Bronze Rising Star winners were selected based on year-over-year sales growth rates within the NPD Group's Distributor Track®. Available by subscription, the Distributor Track aggregates actual distributor sell-through data to facilitate insight into tech channel sales and pricing trends.

"Strong relationships are essential in achieving great success," said Doug Means, CEO of Elo Touch Solutions. "The Elo Elite Partner Program was created with that belief in mind and offers a true measure of the depth of our collaboration with our distributors and resellers. Our distribution partners have enabled us to expand our business and better serve the needs of our customers. Elo is honored to be recognized by GTDC as a 2012 "Rising Star."

Rising Star Awards Methodology
Sales results for U.S. Rising Star award winners are based on regional sales growth over the past year, as reported by industry research organization The NPD Group using its Distributor Track® subscription service. The Distributor Track aggregates actual distributor sell-through data to enable sharp insight into channel sales and pricing trends with the ability to drill down into specific product subcategories, including detailed attributes based on specific areas of interest. To be eligible for a Rising Star award, companies are required to have sold corresponding products through technology distributors for a minimum of one year.

About The NPD Group
The NPD Group is the leading provider of reliable and comprehensive consumer and retail information for a wide range of industries. Today, more than 2,000 manufacturers, retailers, and service companies rely on NPD to help them drive critical business decisions at the global, national, and local market levels. NPD helps our clients to identify new business opportunities and guide product development, marketing, sales, merchandising, and other functions. Information is available for the following industry sectors: automotive, beauty, entertainment, fashion, food, home and office, sports, technology, toys, video games, and wireless. For more information, contact us or visit npd.com and http://www.npdgroupblog.com. Follow us on Twitter: @npdtech and @npdgroup.

About The Global Technology Distribution Council
The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) is a worldwide industry association dedicated to defining and promoting the role of wholesale distribution in a successful and healthy information technology channel. The Council is comprised of the computer industry's top wholesale distributors dedicated to serving "the channel," a network of skilled value-added resellers and retail stores focused on providing hardware, software, and services to businesses and consumers around the globe. GTDC members include AB S.A (WSE: ABPL), ABC Data, ALSO-Actebis (SIX: ALSN), DCC SerCom, Arrow Electronics (NYSE: ARW), Avnet (NYSE: AVT), Brightstar, Computer Gross Italia, Computerlinks, Copaco N.V., D&H, Esprinet (PRT.MI), Ingram Micro (NYSE: IM), Intcomex, Magirus AG, Officer Distribuidora, Redington (BSE: REDI), SiS Technologies (HKSE: 0529), ScanSource (NASDAQ: SCSC), SYNNEX (NYSE: SNX), Tech Data (NASDAQ: TECD), 20:20 Mobile Group, Westcoast LTD and Westcon.

About Elo Touch Solutions
Elo Touch Solutions is a leading global supplier of touch-enabled products and solutions. The Elo portfolio encompasses the broadest selection of touchscreen components, touchmonitors, and all-in-one touchcomputers for the demanding requirements of diverse markets and applications, including industrial, medical, POS, kiosks, retail, hospitality, transportation, office automation and gaming. Since Elo founders pioneered the touchscreen over 40 years ago, Elo touchscreens have consistently delivered one common, powerful result -- advanced computer technology simplified through touch. For more information on Elo products and services, please contact 800-ELO-TOUCH (800-356-8682), view the Elo product and technology portfolio at www.elotouch.com or direct electronic mail inquiries to customerservice@elotouch.com.

About The Gores Group LLC
The Gores Group, LLC is an investment firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm's operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. The Gores Group, which was founded in 1987 by Alec E. Gores, has become a leading investor having demonstrated over time a reliable track record of creating substantial value in its portfolio companies alongside management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Gores Group maintains offices in Boulder, CO, and London. For more information, please visit www.gores.com.

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Contact:

GTDC:
Lynette Bohanan
+ 1-813-727-0196
Email Contact

Elo Touch Solutions:
Sacha Arts
+1-408-458-6316
Email Contact
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