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Unaxis business segment Coating Services (Balzers) acquires Coating Operations of Italian Samputensili

Pfäffikon SZ, October 26, 2005 − Unaxis Management AG is continuing to reinforce the market position and global footprint of its individual business segments. Unaxis’ Coating Services segment (Balzers) agreed to acquire the assets of two Italian PVD coating operations of Samputensili Spa, located in Zola Predosa and Ortona, Italy. Thomas Limberger, CEO of Unaxis Management AG: “The transaction is in line with our strategy to grow Balzers’ global in-house coating activities. With this acquisition we are strengthening our global footprint. At the same time, we are increasing the competitiveness of both, our partners’ and ours.”

The acquisition strengthens Balzers’ position in Italy, as a long-term coating partner of the gear cutting and general tooling industry. Samputensili, one of the leading gear cutting tool manufacturers in the world, will benefit from modernized coating operations and access to the latest available coatings for new and reconditioned tools. Balzers already runs a profitable in-house coating center for Samputensili in Brazil.

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Sara Vermeulen-Anastasi

Sara Vermeulen-Anastasi

Head of Group Communications

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