Bene has been added to VÖNIX-Nachhaltigkeitsindex (VOENIX sustainability index).

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots.CorporateNews transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- companies Waidhofen/Ybbs (euro adhoc) - Vienna, July 17, 2008, Bene AG, included in the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange, has successfully met all criteria of the VÖNIX - VBV Österreichischer Nachhaltigkeitsindex. Bene is the only new stock that was added to VÖNIX in 2008/09. "Sustainability - the company takes into account environmental and social objectives - is becoming increasingly important to companies and investors as a factor of economic success", explains Frank Wiegmann, chairman of the executive board. On the Vienna Stock Exchange such companies are included in the VÖNIX index. After adding Bene, the VÖNIX index now includes 21 companies that have met the strict criteria of the index dedicated to social and environmental issues. Ever since the launch of VÖNIX, the index has surpassed its benchmark - the ATX Prime - by more than 20.4 per cent: The ATX Prime increased by 25.91 % between June 17, 2005 - June 17, 2008, while in the same period VÖNIX has increased by 46.27 %. This proves the success of companies that operate in a sustainable manner. "Sustainability is an integral aspect of Bene´s company culture", Frank Wiegmann is optimistic about Bene´s inclusion into the index. "We are very proud to be part of the VÖNIX index since late June. Bene's inclusion into the index is further proof of the success of Bene´s strategy", explains Wiegmann and adds: "An eco-friendly and socially sustainable strategy that we will continue to pursue in the future". About Bene. Bene is convinced that there is a clear connection between the design of office and work environments, company culture and the success of a company. Bene´s concepts, products and services turn this philosophy into reality. Development, design and production as well as consulting and sales are united under one roof. With 78 sites in 30 countries and 1,457 employees worldwide, Bene offers its customers regional access to all of its services. In the business year 2007/2008, consolidated sales of the Bene Group amounted to EUR 252.5 million. Bene is market leader in Austria and number six in Europe. end of announcement euro adhoc -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: BENE AG Im Internet recherchierbar: Further inquiry note: Investor Relations Mag. Gerald Strohmaier, MBA Head of Finance & Investor Relations A-3340 Waidhofen/Ybbs Schwarzwiesenstraße 3 Tel +43-7442-500-3372 Public Relations Mag. Ursula Grabher, MAS Head of Public Relations A-1010 Wien Renngasse 6 Tel +43-1-53426-1265 Branche: Furnishings & Furniture ISIN: AT00000BENE6 WKN: Index: ATX Prime Börsen: Wiener Börse AG / official market

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