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Pipelife starts-up Production in Russia

Russia. Pipelife, one of the world leaders in Plastic Pipes and Fittings, starts up production in its new factory in Zhukov, Russia.

Pipelife’s new factory is located 130km southwest of Moscow, in the middle of the one of the fastest growing areas of Europe. Pipelife will produce a full range of plastic pipe systems for water distribution, sewage networks as well as in-house products. The factory, which features brand new equipment, will offer the most advanced products in Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene (PE) as well as PVC, to cover the growing needs of the Russian customers. In a first stage, the factory will employ around 60 people. The official opening of the factory will take place in the first half of 2008.

Pipelife has been operating for over 5 years in the Russian market through its sales office in Moscow. Miguel Kohlmann, the CEO of Pipelife commented the production start as follows: “Pipelife has a leading position in the markets of Eastern Europe. It started its first operations back in 1990 and now is present in virtually every country of the region. The start up of the new Russian factory highlights the commitment the group has to Eastern Europe and specifically to its largest market Russia”.

The Pipelife Group is a JV between Wienerberger and Solvay. It is one of the world’ s leading Plastic Pipes and Fittings groups. It is active in 29 countries and operates 30 factories with 2.800 employees achieving pro-forma sales of 826mEUR in 2006.