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Thursday 03 January, 2002

Koninklijke Philips


Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV
3 January 2002


Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Paris, France, January 3, 2002 - Royal Philips 
Electronics (AEX:PHI, NYSE:PHG) of the Netherlands and Groupe SAGEM (Paris Stock
Exchange: SAG) of France announced today an agreement on the sale of Philips' 
business unit fax to SAGEM. The transaction is expected to close in the next few
months and is subject to customary approvals.

The main activities of Philips' business unit fax are located in Vienna, where 
about 350 employees are active in research and development, manufacturing, 
marketing and service.  Approximately 90 marketing & sales employees are 
employed in several countries within Europe.

Strategically, the fax market and related printing technologies do no longer fit
within Philips as a high-growth technology company.
'Therefore we are happy with the solution to transfer this business into the 
hands of a more dedicated company such as SAGEM', said Axel Ruckert, Chief 
Executive Officer of Philips Consumer Communications, of which the business unit
fax is part. Gregoire Olivier, SAGEM's CEO, added: 'The acquisition of Philips' 
fax business will allow SAGEM to strengthen its position in the fax market. It 
will be a significant step forward towards reinforcing SAGEM's sales network 
throughout Europe.'

For further information:
Andre Manning, Philips Corporate Communications, tel +31 20 59 77199

Herve Philippe, Chief Financial Officer SAGEM, tel. +33 1 40 70 62 57

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest 
electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 37.9 billion in 
2000.  It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric 
shavers, color picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV 
products. Its 192,000 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the 
areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, 
semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: 
PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips 
is located at

Groupe SAGEM is an internationally based high technology group. The second 
largest French group in the field of telecommunications and the third European 
company in electronics for defence and security, SAGEM maintains a presence in 
more than 20 countries.