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Outlook for 2013

With our product portfolio, we are successfully positioned in the relevant markets and we will be further expanding our presence in the world’s growth regions.

As global economic momentum is expected to stay slow, we are cautiously optimistic for 2013. Compared with 2012, we believe the most dynamic development will come from the growth markets in Asia. While demand from customers is forecast to remain at a low level in the first quarter of 2013, as it was at the end of 2012, we expect it to pick up successively in the second half of the year.

In 2012 already, we introduced successful measures to counter the impact of a slowdown in demand. These include flexible plant management and high cost discipline. In light of the anticipated economic challenges, we will be continuing these measures in 2013. In addition, we believe that all our segments are well-positioned to benefit from an improvement in business conditions during the year.

Against this background, we are confident of continuing to grow over the coming years and of achieving our mid-term target of €1.4 billion EBITDA pre exceptionals in 2014.

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