Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

Global Certification for Henkel Surface Technologies

Duesseldorf, Germany (ots-PRNewswire) - Henkel Surface Technologies is the first Henkel Group business sector to have obtained the "Member's Global Certificate", a certificate awarded by the "International Quality Certification Network" (IQ Net), an association of international certification companies. Henkel Surface Technologies (HS) is the first company in Europe and one of three worldwide to receive this globally valid IQ Net certificate. HS has simultaneously gained the global ISO 9001 certificate, issued by DQS (Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen). Dr. Holger Ahlers, Head of Quality Management, Surface Technologies, Europe comments: "With the global certification we are able to offer our clients, especially those operating worldwide, an additional quality feature. We regard this certificate as a unique distinction, as it highlights the global orientation of our businesses. All quality management systems of over 40 Henkel sites around the world were integrated into one HS management system to achieve this global certification." "Henkel Surface Technologies is the world's leading provider of technologies for metal, plastic and other substrates, which include systems and services for metal forming, finishing, functional coating, structural bonding, sealing and structural reinforcement. With more than 4,000 employees, and manufacturing locations and support centers in more than 60 countries worldwide, HS generated sales of EUR 888 million in 1999." Henkel (HNKG.F) is a worldwide operating specialist in adhesives, brand-name products and in systems businesses with affiliates in over 70 countries. Henkel is the number one producer of Adhesives, Surface Technologies and Industrial and Institutional Hygiene (jointly with Ecolab Inc.) on a worldwide scale. In Detergents it ranks second in Continental Europe and in Cosmetics Henkel holds the number three position in Europe. Cognis, the recently carved-out chemicals business is the world's leading producer of Oleochemicals. With over 56,300 employees, Henkel generated sales of 8.4 billion Euro in the first nine months 1999, 2.3 percent up on the same period last year. Operating profit increased by 4.2 percent to 632 million Euro. For more information on the Henkel Group, visit its website http://www.henkel.de or email investor.relations@henkel.de ots Original Text Service: Henkel KGaA Internet: http://www.newsaktuell.de Contact: Investor Relations, Magdalena Moll +49-211-797-1631 or Fax: +49-211-798-2863, or Waltraud Mueller +49-211-797-7278 or Fax: +49-211-798-2863, both of Henkel Web site: http://www.henkel.de http://www.henkel.com Original-Content von: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, übermittelt durch news aktuell

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