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2000-08-24

Industri Kapital acquires the tinting systems business of Tikkurila CPS

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Industri Kapital has signed an agreement whereby the Industri Kapital 2000 Fund will acquire the tinting systems business of Tikkurila CPS Oy from Kemira Oyj. Kemira will retain a minority interest of approximately 30% in the business. Furthermore Finnish MB Funds and management will become minority investors in the new company.

“Industri Kapital aims to support the envisaged growth of the tinting systems business. We are confident that the management team with its proven track record and clear vision will be able to strengthen the company’s position in the future. We also look forward to working together with Kemira in further developing the business”, says Michael Rosenlew, Director, Industri Kapital.

“This is a very satisfying solution for Tikkurila CPS’s tinting systems business. With our new main owners we can further progress as an independent company, and will be able to increase our efforts to build and develop our business”, says Raimo Piironen, now President of Tikkurila Oy and who will become Managing Director of the new company.

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals.

For more information please contact:

Michael Rosenlew, Director, Industri Kapital, +46 8 678 95 00

Raimo Piironen, President, Tikkurila Oy, + 358 9 85 771

Juhani Kari, Senior Vice President, Kemira Oyj, +358 10 862 1804

www.industrikapital.com

About Industri Kapital

Industri Kapital is a leading European private equity firm with equity capital under management in excess of 2,5 billion EUR. Since 1989, 37 investments have been made in European companies in various industries. The fund investors are large Nordic, European and American institutional investors such as pension funds, investment and insurance companies.

About Tikkurila CPS

Tikkurila CPS is the world’s leading supplier of advanced tinting systems. The systems are sold on all continents and customers consist mainly of the paint industry. The business employs approximately 300 people.

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