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Röchling expands activities in North America

Mannheim (Germany), February 12, 2007 – The Röchling Group has acquired the Canadian company Symplastics Limited, based in Orangeville, Ontario. Symplastics manufactures thermoplastic semi-finished products and other special plastic products, employs 138 people and last year achieved sales of 26 million Canadian dollars (around EUR 17 million). “The acquisition of Symplastics is a further step in the development of our position in North America. In the USA and Canada Röchling now has yearly sales of over USD 200 million and nearly 1,000 employees,” stated Georg Duffner, President and CEO of the Röchling Group.Symplastics Limited has specialized knowledge of processing the extremely hard-wearing mate¬rial PE-UHMW (ultra high molecular weight polyethylene). Products made from this material are found in many industrial applications in which particular glide properties and abrasion resistance are required.

The Röchling Group is a worldwide operating plastics group based in Mannheim, Germany. With 5,600 employees at 55 locations in 17 countries, Röchling is today one of the leading international plastics processing companies. With its High-Performance Plastics and Automotive Plastics divisions, the Group’s sales total over EUR 1 billion in Europe, North America and Asia.