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NATICK, MA, USA March 24, 2008

Cognex Expands Investment in Japan

NATICK, MA, March 24, 2008--Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) has announced the opening of a new office in Toyota City, Japan. 

The new office, which opened on March 3, will provide a local base for serving Toyota City and the surrounding Tokai region, which are centers for automotive manufacturing and factory automation in Japan. 

“This new facility gives Cognex a strong presence right in the heart of one of Japan’s busiest manufacturing regions,” said Dr. Robert J. Shillman, Cognex Chairman and CEO.  “Our presence in Toyota City will enable Cognex to expand our business on the factory floors of major manufacturers in Japan by providing more responsive support, and also by strengthening our ties with regional sales partners.” 

The Toyota City office will enhance convenience and save time for customers working with Cognex by providing a support center close to their offices and factories.  The new Cognex office will be staffed by sales and support engineers and by training specialists, and will include state-of-the-art demonstration and training rooms where potential customers can experience Cognex’s advanced technology in action and attend classes to learn how to apply Cognex products in their manufacturing operations. 

Office Information:
Cognex K.K. Toyota City
Nihon Seimei-Toyota Building, 3F, 8-137,
Yamanote, Toyota-shi Aichi-ken 471-0833 Japan.
Telephone:  81-565-26-7155 
Fax:  81-565-26-7177.

CONTACT:
Robin Pratt
Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications
Phone:  508-650-3385
Email: robin.pratt@cognex.com

About Cognex

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of products that incorporate sophisticated machine vision technology that gives them the ability to “see.” Cognex products include barcode readers, machine vision sensors, and machine vision systems that are used in factories, warehouses, and distribution centers around the world to guide, gauge, inspect, identify, and assure the quality of items during the manufacturing and distribution process.

Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 1 million vision-based products, representing over $4 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For details visit Cognex online at http://www.cognex.com.

Cognex, PatMax and In-Sight and EasyBuilder are registered trademarks and PatMax RedLine and In-Sight Explorer are trademarks of Cognex Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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