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Sulzer AG Zürcherstrasse 14 8401 Winterthur, Switzerland http://www.sulzer.com
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Sulzer Has Been Awarded a Contract for a High Performance Biopolymer Production Plant in Asia

Important order for industrial scale PLA production plant

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Sulzer has been awarded a contract for the delivery of a production plant based on Sulzer's proprietary polylactic acid (PLA) technology. The facility with a capacity of more than 10,000 tons per year will produce high performance PLA for a broad range of applications. Commercial production is planned to start in the second half of 2014.

Both parties have agreed to leverage Sulzer's technology and pilot facilities to support the customer in the development of innovative solutions for the Asian polymer market.

Sulzer's proprietary technology allows the continuous production of high-performance PLA grades with very low residual monomer levels and a wide possible viscosity range. The new PLA produced with Sulzer technology exhibits an excellent crystallinity and withstands temperatures as high as 180oC. Applications in the automotive, electronics and the textile industry based on this new type of material are currently under development and will see their market appearance in the near future.

In order to further facilitate the PLA market development and to emphasize its commitment to the biopolymer industry, Sulzer has recently started-up its own PLA pilot plant for 1,000 tons per year in Switzerland.

This document may contain forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, projections of financial developments, market activity, or future performance of products and solutions containing risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are subject to change based on known or unknown risks and various other factors that could cause actual results or performance to differ materially from the statements made herein.

Sulzer AG

Sulzer was founded in 1834 in Winterthur, Switzerland, and is today active in machinery and equipment manufacturing and surface engineering at over 170 locations worldwide. The divisions are global leaders in their respective customer segments, which include the oil and gas, power, water, and transportation industries.

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