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Oxfordshire, 30 April 2003: Economists estimate that the SARS virus will damage global growth by as much as 2%. The impact of SARS on the design, toy, housewares, promotional and other manufacturing industries could potentially be far greater. Closed borders, fear of travelling and disrupted international courier services may hinder the UK’s £480 million production industry’s ability to transport designs to produce prototypes to manufacturers in Asia. But all is not lost, technology has come to the rescue, providing the cure for manufacturing across the Far East currently trying to escape the effects of the SARS virus.

At the click of a button the Internet based solution, CD-Express ( enables product producers in the western world to send their artwork to Asian manufacturers and have CD’s carrying artwork delivered to Asia within just 5 working hours. Electronic transmission of artwork is normally prohibited by ISP limitations on file size, leaving product producers with little choice other than using traditional air couriers to transport their files to those producing product samples.

Sending artwork through the traditional route requires packages to cross borders and infected areas such as China has closed its, whilst it gets to grips with managing SARS. Also it means exposing delivery agents to the virus – not something any responsible Western company wants to encourage. Companies using their staff to personally deliver materials are simply are not prepared to risk their employees’ health and other knock on effects.

One such company reviewing their operations is Cosmic Fireworks. Gurmail Bange, Design Director said, “Normally I or another member of our team travel to manufacturers in Asia with new designs. We find it is more convenient, cheaper and faster than using an international delivery service. Our Managing Director has insisted on finding an alternative to travelling to Asia with the increasing risk of the SARS virus and he does not want wait as long as two to five days for materials to be delivered. CD Express has proved to be a phenomenal solution. It's health risk free, faster than any other method of transportation, incredibly cost effective and so simple to use.”

Nick Bottomley, Chief Operating Officer of CD Express explained, “CD Express launched last year as a unique time and cost saving tool for the product manufacturing sector. From a nice to have solution, in recent weeks it’s become a life saving support mechanism for the industry. In just a few weeks we’ve seen a 25% week on week increase in demand for the service from customers who are simply too concerned by the SARS virus to use their normal delivery channels.

Despite a stabilisation of the SARS virus in other affected countries, in Hong Kong and China the threat is still great. The majority of manufacturers in Hong Kong, China and across the Far East cannot download enormous files via email and the Internet so artwork must be delivered by CD Rom. CD Express offers an ideal solution to the crisis, a rapid and cost effective delivery channel that eliminates the risk for all parties involved in the logistics chain.”

In addition, CD Express enables manufacturers in Asia to offer a safer, faster and cheaper method of producing samples and eventually sending the goods out on time and to specification.


Notes to Editors

1. To reach final destination local physical courier services are employed. All couriers operating for CD Express are routinely tested for symptoms of SARS and take all advised precautionary methods of avoiding contracting the virus.

About CD Express

CD Express is the world’s first electronic delivery network that can transport image or data files from the western hemisphere to Asia within 5 working hours. CD Express uses a combination of the Internet and physical courier services to rapidly delivery physical CD ROMs containing artwork or data files. Today the service is used by over 400 companies including international manufacturing giants Hasbro, Poundland, PMS and Tesco. Since its launch in September 2002, CD Express has saved its clients 10,800 days on sending CDs to Hong Kong and the Far East, almost £250,000 on international courier costs. CD Express employs 14 people and has offices in the UK, USA, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. Its headquarters are based in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

For further information on CD Express or to arrange an interview with Nick Bottomley, contact:
Adrienne Cohen, hothouse – tel. +44 (0)1923 776060 / email.

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