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Siegwerk Group International announces new organization

December 13, 2005

Less than 100 days after closing of the acquisition of SICPA’s packaging ink division, Siegwerk Group International announced the organizational structure for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) operations in sales, technical service and strategic product innovation. Structural changes for the Western Hemisphere and Asia/Pacific are planned for the future.

“The printing ink industry is going through a phase of change and consolidation. One of the essential factors for a successful acquisition is the integration speed. The rapid and successful merger of all entities with close customer contact shows that cooperation with our business partners will continue to be our number one priority. Our main goal is to provide the high level of technology and service our customers expect from us,” said Herbert Forker, president and CEO of Siegwerk Group International.

In Europe, the Siegwerk Group has moved from a country based organization to a business unit structure, organized around market segments and functional units. The regional organizations in NAFTA countries (led by Dan McDowell), South America (led by Juan Carlos Salaberry) and Asia/Pacific (led by Christian Vang) will adopt similar structures.

The division “Flexible Packaging” (led by Ralf Hildenbrand) — which covers the printing ink business for flexible packaging materials — and the division “Plastic, Paper & Label (PPL) Packaging” (led by Hugo Noordhoek Hegt) — which includes the business units “Sheetfed & UV”, “Paper & Board”, “Tobacco”, “Label” and “Decorative” — will operate under the Siegwerk Ink Packaging brand. They will have global responsibility for their product portfolio, pricing strategy, and international account management. In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA region) they are responsible for the overall business result.