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Press Release

Dürr opens new mechanical engineering site in Shanghai

Bietigheim-Bissingen, September 30, 2013 - Dürr officially opened its new mechanical engineering site in Shanghai on Saturday. All the Measuring and Process Systems division’s Chinese operations are being brought under the single umbrella of Schenck Shanghai Machinery Ltd. with an approximately 600-strong workforce in the manufacturing and office complex in the district of Baoshan. From its Baoshan base, Dürr plans to further expand its business with balancing, cleaning and filling technology together with testing and assembly products in China and Southeast Asia. The intention is for the new site to expand to up to 1000 employees by 2015.

Speaking before an audience of around 600 invited guests and employees, Dürr AG CEO Ralf W. Dieter declared: “Dürr has been operating successfully in China for 30 years. The new site is proof that we continue to have every confidence in the strength of this market”.

Up till now, Dürr China’s mechanical engineering activities were scattered over three sites in Shanghai. Dr. Ralf-Michael Fuchs, CEO of Carl Schenck AG and Head of the Measuring and Process Systems division: “By bringing everything together on our new site in Baoshan, we will achieve synergy effects in logistics, manufacturing, engineering and administration and will be able to support our customers even more efficiently in future”.

Following the final expansion phase, Dürr will be able to use 22,000 square meters of production space and 7,400 square meters of office space in Baoshan. The Group moved into a further new production site in Shanghai for its plant engineering operations back in March 2012. This offers 13,000 square meters of production space and 3,000 square meters of office space.

Dürr has recently seen a significant expansion in its business in China. Between 2005 and 2012 Group sales there increased from € 83 million to € 730 million, with Measuring and Process Systems generating sales of € 135 million in China in 2012. Overall Dürr employs approximately 1,750 people (incl. external staff) in China.

Dürr is a mechanical and plant engineering group that holds leading positions in the world market in its areas of operation. It generates a good 80% of its sales in business with the automotive industry. It also supplies the aircraft, machinery, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries with innovative production and environmental technology. The Dürr Group operates in the market with four divisions: Paint and Assembly Systems plans and builds paintshops and final assembly systems for the automobile and aircraft industries. Application Technology provides automated paint application, sealing, and glueing with its robot technologies. Machinery and systems from the Measuring and Process Systems division are used for balancing and cleaning in engine and transmission manufacturing as well as in final vehicle assembly, among other areas. The fourth division, Clean Technology Systems, specializes in processes to improve energy efficiency and exhaust air purification. Dürr has 52 business locations in 23 countries worldwide and approximately 7,900 employees. The Group achieved sales revenues of € 2.4 billion in 2012.

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