HZO’s Support of the Rakuten Kobo Acquisition of the tolino technology platform from Deutsche Telekom

Both Kobo and tolino branded eReaders will continue to be waterproofed with HZO protection.

Draper, UT – February 15, 2017 – HZO, Inc., a leader in water protection for electronic devices, including the new Kobo Aura ONE and new tolino vision 4 HD, announced Wendesday that they will continue to offer superior water protection for both the Rakuten Kobo and tolino product lines of eReaders.

“The acquisition of the tolino technology platform by Rakuten Kobo is a win for both companies. We’re excited to be able to streamline our protection services and continue to be the market leader in water protection for these top eReader brands,” said Don Metzger, Chief Sales Officer at HZO.

Earlier this year, Rakuten Kobo, Inc. became the new technology partner for the tolino alliance – a group of leading German booksellers focused on providing an eReading solution for German eBook readers – when it purchased the technology assets of the platform from Deutsche Telekom.

About HZO

HZO is a technology solutions and licensing company that provides electronics’ manufacturers and device makers in a range of industries, including consumer, medical, military and industrial, with thin-film protection against damage caused by liquid submersion, corrosive environments, humidity, sweat, dust, and debris. With a scalable end-to-end solution that supports mass volume production, and a technical team dedicated to innovation and customer success, HZO’s patent-protected solution enables product design freedom, delivers product differentiation and goes beyond the boundaries defined by electronics testing standards like IPX8. For more information, visit www.hzo.com.

About Rakuten Kobo Inc.

Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s most innovative eReading services offering more than 5 million eBooks to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides people with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders to suit any Reader’s style including the Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura H2O, and Kobo Aura ONE. Along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading apps for Apple®, BlackBerry®, Android®, and Windows®, Kobo ensures the next great read is just a page-turn away. Kobo’s award-wining eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.

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