SIG Holding Media release

SIG Holding Media release

Media release


January 23, 2006


SIG Holding

Corporate Communications / Investor Relations

Success in strategic growth region: SIG wins one of Brazil’s biggest dairy

producers as a customer

Market expansion beyond Europe’s borders announced last November is under way:

SIG has succeeded in winning Batávia S.A. as a new customer in Brazil. Through this

collaboration with one of the largest dairy products producers in Brazil, and fully in

line with the group’s strategic orientation, the SIG Combibloc division is continuing to

expand its presence in South America’s major market.

Neuhausen. By winning Batávia S.A. Indústria de Alimentos as a new customer, SIG

Combibloc has reached a key milestone in its build-up of the strategic growth area of South

America. In November 2005, SIG announced that, in addition to the strengthening of its

position in the segment of carton packages for food products, it would above all be

emphasizing market expansion outside of Europe, including South America in addition to

Asia and the Middle East/Africa. Following an intense phase of market penetration in 2006

and 2007, the construction of the company’s own packaging materials production plant is

scheduled to begin around the end of 2007. Commenting on the new partnership with

Batávia, Rolf-Dieter Rademacher, CEO of SIG, says, “Winning Batávia as a new customer

shows us that our increased focus on South America is already having an impact on the

market. This gives me confidence in the continued market development for aseptic

beverage cartons which, with around seven billion liters sold each year, offers attractive

growth perspectives for our company and our products.”

Exemplary cooperation concept

The joint project is proving to be a groundbreaking concept for both companies and one that

promises further successes in the market. Batávia opened a new plant dedicated to a range

of new product lines near its headquarters in Brazil’s Federal State of Paraná. At this

location belonging to the new customer, SIG Combibloc has installed a complete filling line

with applicators and downstream equipment. The investment, which extends usage of the

combifit product line, thereby making it available for the first time on the South American

m arket, is valued at EUR 4 million.

Batávia S.A.

Batávia S.A. Indústria de Alimentos is one of the most important suppliers to Brazil’s market

for dairy products. The company, which has a portfolio containing no less than 219 products,

has grown steadily in recent years and, with a manpower strength of some 1,700

employees, achieved net sales in 2004 of around EUR 200 million. The collaboration with

SIG is also a significant step for Batávia as, for the first time, the company is now active in

the segment of non-carbonated soft drinks.

SIG Holding Ltd.

Laufengasse 18, CH-8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall

Phone +41 (0)52 674 61 11, Fax +41 (0)52 674 65 56,

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January 23, 2006

Media release

SIG Holding Ltd.

Laufengasse 18 CH - 8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall

SIG Holding

SIG is a globally active provider of packaging solutions. Its technology portfolio includes the

manufacture of cartons for beverages and liquid food products, as well as dedicated machines for

the aseptic and non-aseptic filling processes. In the PET sector, equipment for the production,

coating and filling of plastic bottles completes the product range. In 2004, the Group’s almost 4,700

employees generated net sales of some EUR 1.2 billion. Corporate headquarters are situated at

Neuhausen Rhine Falls (Switzerland) and the SIG share is quoted on the SWX (SIGN, Security

Number 001202249).

For further details, please contact:

SIG Holding Ltd., CH-8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall/Schweiz,

Corporate Communications / Investor Relations: Thomas Werder, Tel.: +41 (0)52 674 63 06

Fax: +41 (0)52 674 65 56, E-Mail:

Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements

This communication contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements". In this communication, such forwardlooking

statements include, without limitation, statements relating to our financial condition, results of operations and business

and certain of our strategic plans and objectives. Because these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and

uncertainties, actual future results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the statements. Many of these

risks and uncertainties relate to factors which are beyond SIG’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as future market

conditions, currency fluctuations, the behavior of other market participants, the actions of governmental regulators and other risk

factors detailed in SIG’s past and future filings and reports filed with the SWX Swiss Exchange and the U.S. Securities and

Exchange Commission and posted on our websites. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking

statements, which speak only of the date of this communication. SIG disclaims any intention or obligation to update and revise

any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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