Duni intends to discontinue part of the business within its Rexcell subsidiary

Duni has decided to enter into trade union negotiations with the intention to close one of the three production units of its subsidiary Rexcell Tissue & Airlaid AB. The unit, which produces and sells material focused on the hygiene products sector, is not profitable and the assessment has been made that acceptable profitability also cannot be achieved in the foreseeable future. The decision concerns approx. 110 employees at its Rexcell subsidiary.

Duni has decided to enter into trade union negotiations with the intention to close one of the three production units of its subsidiary Rexcell Tissue & Airlaid AB. The unit, which produces and sells material focused on the hygiene products sector, is not profitable and the assessment has been made that acceptable profitability also cannot be achieved in the foreseeable future. The decision concerns approx. 110 employees at its Rexcell subsidiary.

The closure of the production unit entails a one-off cost of SEK 83 m, which was incurred in the fourth quarter of 2012. However, it is calculated that Duni's net debt will fall in the long-term as a consequence of the decision. Sales from the production unit primarily comprise external sales for the Tissue business area. The reduction in sales is not expected to have any negative impact on the Duni Group’s operating income. It is estimated that the unit will be fully closed during the first quarter of 2014.

“Duni’s core business comprises products which enhance the atmosphere around the set table and it is there that the company shall grow. The new Evolin® tablecovering material, for which we have made significant investments in production within Rexcell in recent years, provides a good example. The consequence of the decision is that, after having attempted to develop the business, Duni will no longer continue to invest in the production of input materials for the hygiene products sector. The decision is a difficult one since it affects many people, but it is important for Duni to follow the strategy and focus on the business which provides the best return for the future.”

About Rexcell
Rexcell Tissue & Airlaid AB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Duni AB. Rexcell manufactures tissue and airlaidmaterial for both Duni and external customers. Operations are conducted at three plants located in Skåpafors and Dals Långed in Dalsland. Read more on www.rexcell.se.

About Duni
Duni is a leading supplier of attractive and convenient products for table setting and takeaway. The Duni brand is sold in more than 40 markets and enjoys a number one position in Central and Northern Europe. Duni has some 1,900 employees in 17 countries, headquarters in Malmö and production units in Sweden, Germany and Poland. Duni is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. ISIN code is SE0000616716.
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For further information, please contact:

Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO
Tel: +46 40 10 64 75

Stefan Åbom, Site Manager Rexcell Tissue & Airlaid AB
Tel: +46 40 10 64 75

Mats Lindroth, CFO
Tel: +46 40 10 64 75

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Duni is a leading supplier of attractive and convenient products for table setting and takeaway. The Duni brand is sold in more than 40 markets and enjoys a number one position in Central and Northern Europe. Duni has some 2,500 employees in 24 countries, headquarters in Malmö and production units in Sweden, Germany, Poland, New Zealand and Thailand. Duni is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm under the ticker name “DUNI”. ISIN-code is SE 0000616716.