Wienerberger subsidiary Semmelrock accelerates expansion in Eastern Europe

- Steady continuation and acceleration of growth strategy - Total investment to exceed ¤ 45 million - Strengthening of market positions in Poland, Croatia and Romania - Market entry in Bulgaria Vienna, October 11, 2007 - Semmelrock, a 75% subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and the market leader for high-quality concrete pavers, is accelerating the growth strategy for Central-East Europe that was adopted in 1998. With six projects and a total investment of more than ¤ 45 million, the company will focus on expansion in existing markets and the development of business in new countries. These investments will allow Semmelrock to increase its production capacity in Eastern Europe by more than 7 million m² and will also strengthen its market positions throughout the region. As a result, the company will be better able to meet the demands of its customers and offer a full range of products from concrete pavers - in the form of slabs or paver systems - to accessories. Work has already started on the realization of these projects, with plants expected to commence production in stages between mid-2008 and mid-2009. The Semmelrock investment program represents an addition to the Wienerberger plans for the construction of 25 new brick plants in Central-East Europe and Russia by 2012. Stronger presence in growth market Poland In Poland, Semmelrock currently operates seven plants at three locations. The country is one of the most important markets for concrete pavers. With a total volume of more than 32 million m² in 2006, Poland is one of the largest markets in Central-East Europe. "We see numerous growth opportunities in Poland. The new plants, which can also be enlarged to support further expansion, will not only improve our market position in the greater Warsaw area, but also our regional coverage - and this will strengthen our number three standing in Poland over the long-term", commented Robert Holzer, CEO of Semmelrock International GmbH, on the company's strategy. Expansion in Croatia and Romania plus market entry in Bulgaria The expansion program will also include investments to enlarge the existing plant in Croatia as well as to further develop the growth market of Romania. "Semmelrock has been present in Romania for a number of years through imports from Eastern Hungary and since last year with a plant near Bucharest. This reflects the strong interest of local consumers in high-quality concrete pavers", explained Robert Holzer. Semmelrock has also taken its first steps in Bulgaria, which involve the development of its own organization and a location. Steady continuation of growth course "The expansion of our business activities in existing markets and our entry into new countries with a potential for growth will further accelerate our expansion course in Central-East Europe. Our goal is to increase our position as the leading supplier of high-quality concrete pavers in Central Europe ", added Robert Holzer in conclusion. Leading concrete paver producer in Austria with international presence Semmelrock was founded by Wolfgang Semmelrock in 1958 and has been a subsidiary of the Wienerberger Group since 1996. From its base in Austria, the Semmelrock Group is pursuing a strong expansion course in Eastern Europe. This rapidly growing company is now represented in Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Romania and Poland with a total of 14 plants. For additional information contact: Robert F. Holzer, CEO Semmelrock International GmbH T + 43(664)160 13 20 | Karin Hofmann, Public Relations T +43(1)60192-463 | Download the press release from: If you do not wish to receive the Wienerberger newsletter any longer, send an e-mail with subject: "unsubscribe newsletter" to --- End of Message --- Wienerberger AG Wienerbergstraße 11 Vienna Austria ISIN: AT0000831706; Index: WBI; Listed: Prime Market in Wiener Boerse AG;