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Mikron posts further increase in sales

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Media release on preliminary volume figures for 2012 financial year

Mikron posts further increase in sales


Biel, 24 January 2013, 7:00 a.m. In the business year 2012 the Mikron Group
posted an order intake of CHF 236.3 million (previous year: CHF 225.0 million,
+5) and achieved a growth of 12 percent in net sales to CHF 235.6 million
(previous year: CHF 210.9 million). Order backlog stands at CHF 108.8 million
(previous year: CHF 95.9 million, +14 percent). Mikron was also successful in
achieving the slight improvement in EBIT margin (EBIT in percent of net sales)
it was aiming for.

Demand for Mikron Group products remained healthy in 2012. Europe is still the
Group's main market. Net sales rose by 12 percent. Adjusted for acquisitions -
factoring out the new company Mikron Berlin - growth amounts to 5 percent.

Mikron's Annual Report, containing the Group's detailed results for 2012, will
be published at the Media and Analyst Conference on 18 March 2013.

Machining segment
Mikron Machining is a leading supplier of customized, highly productive
machining solutions for the manufacturing of complex, high-precision components
made of metal. Customers in the automotive component supply, watchmaking and
writing instruments industries account for the majority of the segment's net
sales.

During 2012, Mikron Machining further developed various machines, expanded the
tools business in Switzerland and Germany, and consolidated the service base in
China. The relatively broad-based demand from Europe and Asia and the good order
backlog at the beginning of the year resulted in a pleasing 9 percent increase
in net sales to CHF 134.7 million (previous year: CHF 123.3. million). Order
volume declined significantly in the second half of the year, resulting in
falling net sales in the fourth quarter, especially in the tools business. The
segment's total order intake for 2012 came to CHF 123.6 million (previous year:
CHF 148.3 million, -17 percent).

Automation segment
Mikron Automation is one of the world's leading manufacturers of customized,
highly productive automation solutions for high-precision assembly and testing
of products up to hand size. The segment operates primarily in the medical
devices, pharmaceuticals, automotive supply and consumer goods industries.

The acquisition of IMA Automation Berlin GmbH further strengthened Mikron's
position in the European automation business by adding new applications. In
2012, Mikron Automation's order intake totaled CHF 113.0 million, which is a
significant improvement on the previous year (CHF 77.1 million, +47 percent or
+28 percent after adjustment for acquisitions). Mikron Automation generated
higher net sales in both Europe and the United States. In the US, Mikron
Automation succeeded in acquiring various new customers with the potential for
future orders. Despite the very low order backlog at the beginning of the year,
the segment generated net sales of CHF 101.2 million (previous year, CHF 88.1
million, +15 percent or -1 percent after adjustment for acquisitions).

Preliminary volume figures for 2012 financial year, compared to 2011


CHF million     2012 1) 2011    +/-
Order intake    236.3   225.0   5%
- Machining     123.6   148.3   -17%
- Automation    113.0   77.1    47%
Net sales       235.6   210.9   12%
- Machining     134.7   123.3   9%
- Automation    101.1   88.1    15%
Order backlog   108.8   95.9    14%
- Machining     50.8    61.7    -18%
- Automation    58.0    34.2    70%


1) Divisional financial figures before consolidation

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Brief profile of the Mikron Group
The Mikron Group is a globally operating, technologically leading supplier of
machining and automation solutions for high-volume and high-precision
production. Its main markets are the automotive component supply industry, the
pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, the writing instrument industry,
and the electronics and watchmaking industries. With over 100 years of
experience, rooted in Swiss innovation and quality culture, the Mikron Group is
a long-term process and technology partner to many industry leaders. The Group
employs a workforce of around 1100, the majority of them at its two main sites
in Switzerland (Agno and Boudry).

Investor Relations Calendar of Events
18 March 2013, 07.00 a.m. - Media release: Publication of the 2012 Annual Report
18 March 2013, 10.00 a.m. - Results press conference, ConventionPoint,
SIX Swiss Exchange, Zurich
9 April 2013, 16.00 p.m. - Annual General Meeting 2013, Biel
19 July 2013, 07.00 a.m. - Media release: Semiannual results 2013

Except for the historical information contained herein, the statements in this
media release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and
uncertainties.

Mikron® is a trademark of Mikron Holding AG, Biel (Switzerland).

Further inquiry note:
Mikron Management AG, Martin Blom, CFO Mikron Group
Phone +41 62 916 69 60, ir.mma@mikron.com

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issuer:      Mikron Holding AG
             Mühlebrücke 2
             CH-2502 Biel
phone:       +41 32 321 72 00
FAX:         +41 32 321 72 01
mail:     mho@mikron.com
WWW:      www.mikron.com
sector:      Machine Manufacturing
ISIN:        CH0003390066
indexes:     SPI, SPIEX, SPI ex SLI
stockmarkets: Domestic Standard: SIX Swiss Exchange 
language:   English
 



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