Niko Becomes a New Member of io-homecontrol®

A new member joins the alliance by the side of ASSA ABLOY, Honeywell, HÖRMANN, Somfy and VELUX.

Niko designs and produces inspiring solutions amongst others for lighting control. Working, cooking, reading, watching TV. Light is life. Softly shimmering or bright and clear. Creating an atmosphere or purely functional. Exactly the way you want it ... and where you want it. Over the years, Niko has developed numerous solutions for lighting control. Simply integrated in your living environment, always tuned to your comfort desires.

io-homecontrol®: AN ADVANCED ALLIANCE
The innovative io-homecontrol® initiative reflects the ambition of an open group of companies. Today, ASSA ABLOY, Honeywell, HöRMANN, Niko, Somfy and VELUX have pooled their know-how and experience to bring you the benefits of home control without any additional cost for the end-user. The result is reliability, simplicity and a continuously growing range of compatible products already available. Each io-homecontrol® labelled product integrates the technology, enabling you to enjoy fascinating new possibilities of comfort, energy savings and security. For professionals, it means simple installation and no need to configure anything. The system can be tailored to each user's needs, and no prior infrastructure is required.

Niko joins io-homecontrol®: A WHOLE SPECTRUM OF POSSIBILITIES
The Niko / io-homecontrol® partnership is a logical step in the evolution of lighting: in addition to the existing range of options, io-homecontrol® users will have the comfort of lighting control at their fingertips as of beginning 2009. Revolutionary technology gives users the freedom to control light intensity, colour and ambiance, to create unique environments. This new partnership with Niko reinforces the positioning of io-homecontrol® as an alliance of specialists and leading brands in building components. Many other manufacturers will join the alliance, meaning consumers will benefit from an ever-increasing spectrum of home control possibilities.

About Niko
Niko NV, member of Niko Group designs and produces advanced solutions for electrical switching material, lighting control, home automation systems, intercom systems and videophones. All over the world, both individuals and professional customers choose for Niko's quality solutions because of their ease of installation, ease of use and their design.

Niko commercializes its solutions all over Europe from offices in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Spain, but also via distributors throughout the world. The company was founded in 1919 and currently employs over 550 people."

ASSA ABLOY is the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of door opening solutions. Operating in more than 40 countries, the Group is the strongest global player in the locks industry with brands such as ASSA, Abloy, HID, Besam, Yale, Mul-T-Lock, Vingard, Sargent, Fichet, Laperche, Vachette, Chubb, IKON and effeff.

About Honeywell
Honeywell International is a $34 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Honeywell products and services are used in more than 100 million homes and buildings worldwide*. * io-homecontrol® labelled products available as of the second half of the year 2008.

The HÖRMANN Group is Europe's leading supplier of residential and industrial doors and operators, with a complete range of building products manufactured in highly specialized factories using the latest production technologies for Quality without compromise.

About Somfy
Somfy is the creator and worldwide reference in Home Motion: powering and moving the openings in the house by means of Somfy motors, controls and automatic devices to make life easier, safer, more comfortable… and to save energy.

VELUX creates better living environments with daylight and fresh air through the roof. The product programme contains a wide range of roof windows and skylights, along with solutions for flat roofs. In addition, VELUX offers many types of decoration and sun screening, roller shutters, installation products, products for remote control and thermal solar panels for installation in roofs.

For more information please contact:
Lone Ellersgaard
Communications Manager