Villeroy & Boch

EANS-Adhoc: Villeroy & Boch AG
Villeroy & Boch signs a series of measures to increase its competitive ability

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disclosure announcement transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Company Information 20.03.2009 Financial crisis forces the company to take action - Sites to be consolidated - Some 900 jobs eliminated worldwide - Annual savings of approx. EUR50 million - Costs of these measures will impact 2009 performance In the meeting of the supervisory board that took place today, the executive board and supervisory board of Villeroy & Boch signed an extensive series of measures for its European sites. The goal is to increase the company's efficiency and productivity. The program focuses on consolidating fields of specialisation at particular sites, creating competence centres and continuing to automate production processes. The corporate group also plans to downsize its international staff of 9250 by some 900 positions. Discussions with employee representation have been initiated. By 2011, after all of these measures are implemented, Villeroy & Boch anticipates being able to save some 50 million euros annually. In the 2009 business year, however, the costs of these measures will total around 60 million euros and will have a strong impact on this year's performance results. Approximately 25 million euros of investments in these measures are planned for the entire corporate group in 2009 and 2010. end of announcement euro adhoc -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: Villeroy & Boch Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.ch Further inquiry note: Philipp Schmidt Head of Investor Relations Telefon: +49 (0)6864-81-1520 E-Mail: schmidt.philipp@villeroy-boch.com Branche: Consumer Goods ISIN: DE0007657231 WKN: 765723 Index: Prime All Share Börsen: Börse Frankfurt / regulated dealing/prime standard Börse Berlin / free trade Börse Stuttgart / free trade Börse Düsseldorf / free trade Börse München / free trade

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