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EANS-News: Semperit Group: Large RWE Order for Conveyor Belts

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Wien (euro adhoc) - Press Release
Semperit Group: Large RWE Order for Conveyor Belts
Vienna, 21 October 2013 - The Sempertrans segment of the Semperit Group has been
awarded another major contract and will as a result become the primary conveyor
belt supplier of the German utility company RWE. On the basis of a five-year
contract, Sempertrans will cover more than half of RWE's entire steel cord
conveyor belt requirements in the future. The new agreement, which takes effect
as of January 1, 2014, stipulates an order volume of about EUR 100 million over
the next five years based on RWE's needs in recent years. This represents the
largest single order in the history of the Semperit Group, and will considerably
expand the business relationship with RWE Power AG, which was initiated in the
year 2001.

"As the world's largest operator of steel cord conveyor belts, RWE has been
committed to the highest level of quality and innovative products for decades.
We can optimally fulfil these requirements thanks to our product portfolio and
the investment programme launched this past summer at our Belchatów site in
Poland. The intensified partnership with RWE demonstrates the quality of our
products and services", says a pleased Thomas Fahnemann, Chief Executive Officer
of the Semperit Group, commenting on the large order. 

"Since the beginning of our cooperation, we have known Semperit as a reliable
partner. We value the performance and durability of Sempertrans conveyor belts,
and the company's extensive innovative strength", explains Hans-Jürgen Dralle,
Head of Mechanical Engineering of RWE Power AG. "Semperit has also impressed us
with its new energy-saving conveyor belt, given the fact that energy efficiency
is an extremely important issue in our industry. That is why we look forward to
our enhanced cooperation with optimism", he adds.

The conveyor belts will be manufactured at the Sempertrans plant in Belchatów,
Poland, which will significantly expand production capacities starting in the
year 2015 after major investments were approved for the facility in the early
summer of 2013.

The contract placed by RWE exclusively involves the delivery of steel cord
conveyor belts. The long-haul conveyor system primarily utilises highly
wear-resistant conveyor belts which are increasingly supplied in an
energy-saving version. Conveyor belts with enhanced flame resistance are
required for use in large-size machinery in open mining such as bucket wheel
excavators and spreaders. On the basis of its quality specifications, RWE Power
has been setting the highest global standards in the technology used for steel
cord conveyor belts deployed in opencast mining for decades. 

In the West of Cologne RWE Power operates three large opencast mines with their
own nearby lignite power plants and refinery. RWE mines approximately 100
million tons of lignite annually and transports some 450 million m³ of excavated
material. The conveyor systems exclusively rely on steel cord conveyor belts,
which cover a distance of more than 500 kilometres. Accordingly, RWE Power AG is
the largest single operator of steel cord conveyor belts in the world.

About Semperit
The publicly listed company Semperit AG Holding is an internationally-oriented
Group that develops, produces, and sells highly specialised rubber and plastic
products for the medical and industrial sectors: examination and surgical
gloves, hydraulic and industrial hoses, conveyor belts, escalator handrails,
construction profiles, cable car rings, and products for railway
superstructures. The headquarters of this long-established Austrian company
founded in 1824 are based in Vienna, and the global R & D centre is located in
Wimpassing, Lower Austria. The Semperit Group employs about 10,000 people
worldwide, including more than 7,000 in Asia and about 750 in Austria. The Group
has 22 manufacturing facilities worldwide and numerous sales offices in Europe,
Asia, and America. In fiscal 2012, the Group generated revenue of EUR 829
million and an EBITDA of EUR 109 million.

About Sempertrans segment
With production facilities in Poland, France, China, and India, Sempertrans is
one of the largest and most technologically advanced conveyor belt manufacturers
in the world. The portfolio includes belts with both fabric and steel cords,
which perfectly fit the requirements of their respective fields of application.
These range from underground and surface mining, to heavy industry and shipping
ports. Conveyor belts from Sempertrans are distinguished worldwide for their
high reliability and long life. Thanks to customised production, they also
impress with versatility. Sempertrans serves customers from design, through
manufacturing and installation, to maintenance, and is represented worldwide by
a production and distribution network with expert partners for service and
systems design.
Through an increased presence in emerging markets in Asia and Latin America,
Sempertrans will continue to profit from the strong demand for raw materials and
energy. In 2012, Sempertrans generated revenue of EUR 144 million (approx.17% of
the group revenue) and an EBITDA of EUR 21 million.

Further inquiry note:
Martina Büchele 		
Head of Group Communications
Tel.: +43 676 8715 8621

Stefan Marin	
Investor Relations	
Tel.: +43 676 8715 8210

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