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May 18, 2005

Wienerberger builds new brick plant in Estonia

Construction of new facing brick plant in Aseri

- Conversion of production in existing plant to hollow bricks
- Planned investments to total approx. ¤ 16 million
- Strengthening of market position in Baltic States and Russia

(Vienna, May 18, 2005) – Wienerberger is continuing its profitable growth course with the construction of a facing brick plant in Aseri, Estonia. “This new production facility represents the first ’real’ growth step for Wienerberger in the Baltic region,“ commented Heimo Scheuch, member of the Wienerberger Managing Board for North-West Europe.

“The Baltic States are a promising economic region with a growth potential well above the European average. Our decision to construct a new plant was based on the rising demand for facing bricks in these countries, which has exceeded our present capacity in Aseri.

“The Company now imports roughly 18% of bricks sold in the Baltic States from Wienerberger plants in neighboring countries. “This production facility will nearly double our capacity from the current level of 28 million to 50 million brick units, and also allow us to supply the entire Baltic region. In addition, we will be able to expand our market position not only in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia but also in Russia through exports to the St. Petersburg area.“

Wienerberger will also take further steps to expand its hollow brick activities in the Baltic States. Parallel to the construction of the new plant, production at the existing facility in Aseri will be converted from facing bricks to hollow bricks in order to further develop the still small hollow brick market in Estonia. “These planned investments of ¤ 16 million will benefit Wienerberger in a number of ways: we will adjust our capacity to meet growing demand, expand our product line in the increasingly important high-quality segment and realize significant cost optimization“, added Scheuch in conclusion.

Development of hollow brick market with separate plant
Wienerberger will also take further steps to expand its hollow brick activities in the Baltic States. Parallel to the construction of the new plant, production at the existing facility in Aseri will be converted from facing bricks to hollow bricks in order to further develop the still small hollow brick market in Estonia. “These planned investments of ¤ 16 million will benefit Wienerberger in a number of ways: we will adjust our capacity to meet growing demand, expand our product line in the increasingly important high-quality segment and realize significant cost optimization“, added Scheuch in conclusion.

For further information
Thomas Melzer, Investor and Public Relations
T +43 (1)60192-463
communication@wienerberger.com

www.wienerberger.com


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