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BlackRock - Downward crossing of the lowest threshold

Friedrichsdorf, (PresseBox) - On 16 March 2012 BlackRock, Inc. (40 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022, United States), in its capacity as parent company or controlling person, has made a definitive notification to Bekaert that as a result of the disposal of voting securities their participation in Bekaert had on 9 March 2012 fallen below the lowest threshold of 3%.

Bekaert GmbH

Bekaert (www.bekaert.com) is a global technological and market leader in advanced solutions based on metal transformation and coatings, and the world's largest independent manufacturer of drawn steel wire products. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with headquarters in Belgium, employing 28 000 people worldwide. Serving customers in 120 countries, Bekaert pursues sustainable profitable growth in all its activities and generated combined sales of € 4.6 billion in 2011.

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