ASSA ABLOY's acquisition of Nemef and Corbin from Black & Decker is approved and will be completed

The acquisition strengthens the Group's position in the Netherlands and Italy, and includes the well known brand names Nemef and Corbin.
Nemef in Apeldoorn, Netherlands produces and sells a full range of locks including cylinders. Corbin in Bologna, Italy manufactures cylinders and sells padlocks and locks. Nemef was founded in the beginning of the century, and is one of Europe's leading manufacturer of lock cases. Corbin was set up in the sixties, then as a part of Corbin Russwin in the USA, a company acquired by ASSA ABLOY in 2000.
The acquisition price amounts to EUR 66 M and will create goodwill amounting to approximately EUR 40 M. The acquisition will be EPS positive from 2004. 
ASSA ABLOY and Black & Decker have decided to withdraw the notification of the DOM acquisition to the German Competition Authority. Discussions are ongoing between ASSA ABLOY and Black & Decker to find a favorable solution for all parties.

Further information can be obtained from <br> <br> Bo Dankis, President and CEO, tel: +468 506 485 42 <br> Göran Jansson, Chief Financial Officer, tel: +46 8 506 485 72 <br> <br> <br> ASSA ABLOY AB (publ) <br> Box 70340, SE 107 23 Stockholm <br> Tel: +46 8 506 485 00, Fax: + 46 8 506 485 85 <br> <br> <br> The ASSA ABLOY Group is the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of locking solutions <br> dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. The Group has about 30,000 employees and annual sales of approximately EUR 3 billion.

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ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions and offers mecahnical and electromechanical locks, digital door locks, security doors, entrance automation, hotel security and secure identity solutions, primarily in identity and access management, as well as a number of other related products and services. Since its formation in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company into an international Group with some 47,500 employees operating in more than 70 countries and sales of SEK 76 billion.