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National Instruments Ranked Among Best Employers in Europe

May 252004
Company’s Hungary Operation Ranked Number Five on Third Annual List

NEWS RELEASE – May 25, 2004 – Hewitt Associates recently ranked National Instruments Hungary manufacturing plant as number five on its third annual “Best Employers in Europe” list. The Pan-European study considered companies with between 50 to 500 full-time employees and was based on the following factors: high level of corporate vision, high level of engagement, clear focus on performance, long-term view and strategic agenda for human resources. The study consisted of an employee survey, a human resources audit and a CEO survey.

“We are proud that the NI Hungary manufacturing plant, which officially opened in 2001, was named to the Best Employers in Europe list,” said Dr. James Truchard, president, CEO and cofounder of National Instruments. “This honor underscores our commitment to creating a stimulating, innovative workplace for employees around the globe.”

NI chose Hungary as the home for its manufacturing facility because of its close proximity to NI European markets, the well-educated workforce and the favorable business environment. The 13,400-square-meter (144,000 square-foot) facility, the company’s first overseas manufacturing site, is located in Debrecen, Hungary.

Hewitt Associates conducted the survey of 196 companies from May through November 2003. Hewitt evaluated the Best Employers in Europe based on results of questionnaires covering four perspectives: business leaders, human resource professionals, work councils and employees. Other companies on the list included Microsoft Hungary, Bristol-Myers Squibb GmbH and Abbott Laboratories, S.A.

About National Instruments,

National Instruments ( is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation – a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,100 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2003, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past five years, FORTUNE magazine named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers may obtain investment information from the company’s investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, by [email protected] or by visiting

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