Boliden and Hexagon to form joint Nordic brass company

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Boliden and Hexagon to form joint Nordic brass company Boliden and Hexagon have signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture between Boliden Gusum AB and Nordic Brass AB. The new company will be owned in equal parts by Boliden and Hexagon. The merger will create a strong Nordic brass company with improved competitive strength and profitability. The annual turnover of the new company is estimated at 500 MSEK. The European brass market, characterised by over-capacity and weak profitability, is now facing a far-reaching structural change. With the new company, Boliden and Hexagon will take an active part in the necessary consolidation of the European brass market. The new company will also create the right conditions to meet increased customer demand for a wider product range, flexibility and service. "The merger of the two companies is a way of meeting growing global competition. The re-structuring of the North American brass industry started several years ago. In the southern and central parts of Europe the brass companies, although still many in numbers, are much bigger than their Nordic competitors. A new company creates a platform for a long-term profitable Nordic player", said Ola Rollén, Hexagon's CEO. "The deal is logical from an industrial point of view and it will create many synergies. We have now started the necessary re-structuring of the European brass industry and we see a considerable potential for Boliden's brass operations by taking an active part of this process", said Jan Johansson, Boliden's CEO. The merger is subject to the approval of the Swedish Competition Authority. For further information, please contact: Ola Rollén, Torbjörn Wistrand, President and CEO VP of Operations Hexagon AB Hexagon AB Phone: +46 8 601 26 20 Phone: +46 8 601 26 20 Jan Johansson, CEO B-O Johansson, Head of Boliden Fabrication Boliden Boliden Phone: +46 8 610 16 02 +46 70 217 69 89 Hexagon AB is a multinational engineering group with the long-term ambition of positioning itself as number one or number two within its strategic sectors. The operation is divided into three business areas: Hexagon Automation, Hexagon Engineering and Hexagon Metrology. The group's targets are to increase earnings per share after tax by at least 15 per cent p.a., and achieve a return on capital employed higher than 15 per cent over the business cycle. Current turnover amounts to more than 7 GSEK p.a. ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker The following files are available for download: