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Bühler Signs Contract for 100% Acquisition of Leybold Optics

Uzwil – , 04/04/2012 The Bühler Technology Group has reached an agreement with the seller EQT III on the 100% acquisition of Leybold Optics. The transaction must still be approved by the competent antitrust authorities. For Bühler, the acquisition marks yet another important step in the expansion of the activities of its Advanced Materials division. Global technology leader
Leybold Optics, a company with a rich tradition, is one of the world’s leading providers of production systems for vacuum deposition of functional layers for a wide range of applications. Its Optics unit is a supplier to leading manufacturers in the optics, automotive, electronics, and packaging industries. It holds a particularly powerful position as an innovation leader in the fields of process engineering and automation, especially sputtering technology. Its Glass & Solar unit supplies coating systems for large-size substrates to the photovoltaics, glass, and display industries.

Leybold Optics employs some 600 persons at its headquarters in Alzenau, Germany, and at other development and production sites in Germany, the United States, and China. In 2011, the company generated sales of over EUR 200 million, and it operates profitably. The seller EQT is a group of private equity funds that invests in North and East Europe, Asia, and the United States. The parties have agreed not to disclose the selling price.

Strategic further development
For Bühler, the acquisition marks a significant step toward the expansion of its Advanced Materials division in the area of equipment for manufacturing of functional layers. Driven by global trends, these promise a highly attractive growth potential. This new acquisition supplements Bühler’s existing business units Grinding & Dispersion (systems for preparing printing inks, electronic materials, and fine chemicals) and Nanotechnology (processing of nanoparticles) in an ideal manner in terms of technology and market access. Leybold Optics will be integrated in the Advanced Materials division as a new business unit and retain its existing management.

Bühler is a global leader in the field of process engineering, especially production technologies and services for producing foods and advanced materials. Bühler operates in over 140 countries and has a global payroll of about 8800. In fiscal 2011, the Group generated sales revenues (turnover) of CHF 2130 million.

For more information, please contact:
Corina Atzli, Head Corporate Communications
Bühler AG
9240 Uzwil
Switzerland
Phone +41 71 955 33 99
Fax +41 71 955 38 51
media@buhlergroup.com

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