Bekaert and Xinyu Steel announce successful closing of partnership deal in Xinyu, Jiangxi Province, China

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Bekaert, worldwide technological and market leader in drawn wire products and applications, and Xinyu Iron & Steel Co., Ltd (Xinsteel), a Xinyu-based (Jiangxi, China) iron and steel company, announced today the successful closing of their partnership transaction by which Bekaert acquires 50% of the spring wire and Aluclad activities of Xinsteel in Xinyu, Jiangxi Province, China. These activities represent an annual turnover of approximately CNY 500 million.

The partnership includes:

- two manufacturing plants in Xinyu which produce high carbon steel wires, mainly spring wires for the automotive, motorcycle, and engineering sectors. The portfolio complements Bekaert's existing product range manufactured in its wire plant in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province.
- the Aluclad (aluminium clad) wire and strand production unit, serving markets for overhead conductor networks and data communication. Manufacturing is concentrated in one production plant in Xinyu.

The acquisition deal follows all customary closing and approval processes and represents a purchase value of CNY 107 million. The companies herewith formally enter a partnership aimed at combining complementary technologies and applications to open up new opportunities in the respective target markets. The results of the joint venture will be included in Bekaert's financial records under the equity accounting method as from 1 December 2011.

About Xinyu Steel

Xinyu Iron & Steel Co., Ltd (Xinyu Steel) is located in Xinyu, Jiangxi Province, China. The State Owned Enterprise includes steel, mining,
equipment and construction activities. Xinyu Steel employs 28 000 people and reported total sales of CNY 38 billion in 2010.
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