Leclanché SA

DGAP-Adhoc: Rolf Eckrodt resigns as Chairman of the Board of directors of Leclanché SA

Leclanché SA  / Key word(s): Change of Personnel

24.07.2013 19:58

Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 KR

Rolf Eckrodt resigns as Chairman of the Board of directors of Leclanché SA

Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, July 24, 2013 - Leclanché S.A. (SIX Swiss
Exchange : LECN), which specializes in the production of large-format
lithium ion cells and energy storage solutions, announces today that Rolf
Eckrodt has resigned as Chairman of the Board of directors after having
guided Leclanché SA to a successful medium term financing with Precept Fund
Management SPC. For health reasons, his decision is effective on July 31,
2013. Until the election of a new Chairman, he will be replaced on an
interim basis by Mr Stefan A. Müller, member of the Board of Leclanché.

'On behalf of the entire Board, I would like to warmly thank Rolf Eckrodt
for his valuable contribution over the last few years, which were
particularly important for the company. During this time, the company
developed innovative energy storage solutions for domestic and industrial
use, and completed a new large scale lithium-ion production unit of a
capacity of 76 MWh,' commented Stefan A. Müller, 'Thanks to his broad
business experience he was able to skilfully advise the company and guide
its decision-making process. We wish him all the best for the future,
especially for his health.'

'I am convinced that Leclanché has the right technology and industrial
approach to address a large market. I am sorry to be leaving but feel that
having been able to secure its medium term financing with a solid financial
partner, Leclanché is now in a good position to reach commercial deployment
and take advantage of this exciting market opportunity,' added Rolf

With over 40 years' of experience in the transport and automotive industry,
Rolf Eckrodt has been serving Leclanché as Chairman of the Board since

About Leclanché

Leclanché's strategy is to become one of the leading lithium-ion cell
producers and solution providers for renewable energy storage systems in
Europe. Its strategic priorities are stationary home electrical energy
storage applications and expansion into the stationary industrial and grid
electricity storage markets. Through participation in research consortia
focusing on hybrid and E-mobility applications, Leclanché is positioned to
take advantage of new market opportunities.

Through a unique, patented ceramic separator technology and focus on
lithium-titanate technology, Leclanché manufactures large-format
lithium-ion cells, optimized for safety and cycle-life, in a fully
automated production process. The newly installed production line has an
annual capacity of one million cells or 76 MWh.

Leclanché was founded in 1909 in Yverdon-les-Bains. Through the integration
of a spin-off from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in 2006, the company evolved
from a traditional battery manufacturer to become a leading developer and
manufacturer of lithium-ion cells in Europe. Leclanché currently employs
120 staff and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LECN). The company has
its headquarters in Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland) and production
facilities in Willstätt (Germany).


Media contact:

Christophe Lamps, Dynamics Group S.A.: Telephone: +41 79 476 26 87,


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of Leclanché's production capacity, potential applications for existing
products, or regarding potential future revenues from any such products, or
potential future sales or earnings of Leclanché or any of its business
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future events, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other
factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any
future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
statements. There can be no guarantee that Leclanché's products will
achieve any particular revenue levels. Nor can there be any guarantee that
Leclanché, or any of the business units, will achieve any particular
financial results.

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Language:               English
Company:                Leclanché SA
                        Av. des Sports 42
                        1400 Yverdon-les-Bains
Phone:                  +41 (24) 424 65-00
Fax:                    +41 (24) 424 65-20
E-mail:              investors@leclanche.com
Internet:            www.leclanche.com
ISIN:                   CH0110303119, CH0016271550
Valor:                  A1CUUB, 812950
Listed:                 SIX

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