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Sigri group announced its first quarter results: the economic situation was unstable. In fiscal year 2013, the sales of low opening

increased by 8.5% year-on-year, reaching 414million euros. The graphite materials and systems business was at a cyclical bottom. The market environment of carbon fiber and composite business was still severe, resulting in a decline in the group's EBITDA

2013. On May 8, 2013, Shanghai. The SGL Group – the carbon company, the world's leading manufacturer of carbon graphite materials and related products, recently announced its first quarter financial report: the first quarter performance of 2013 was lower than expected. Although the shipments of energy efficiency products (PP) increased and the performance continued to be stable, the performance of the graphite materials and Systems Division was significantly lower than expected due to the cyclical downturn in the downstream market. The carbon fiber and composite business unit is still facing a severe market environment due to the delay of project development. Fisipe, which was acquired by the group in 2012, not only achieved a revenue of about 28.2 million euros this quarter. Thanks to this, the group's overall sales in the first quarter reached 414.1 million euros, an increase of 8.5% year-on-year (381.6 million euros in the first quarter of 2012). Due to the lower profitability of the graphite materials and systems and carbon fiber and composites business unit, the EBITDA of the first quarter (which will bring a significant change in the cost-effective production of composite components for commercial aircraft and passenger cars) decreased by more than 30% to 34.1 million euros (52.7 million euros in the first quarter of 2012)

Robert Koehler, CEO of Sigri group, said: "The first quarter is our traditional off-season. However, due to economic uncertainties, the performance in the first quarter of 2013 was weaker than expected. This was mainly due to the cyclical bottom of the special graphite business, and the continued price pressure on the carbon fiber business due to the delayed recovery in the end market. Therefore, we had to adjust our performance forecast for the whole year of 2013, which is expected to be the same as last year."

about SGL Group – the carbon company

SGL Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of carbon graphite materials and related products, with a complete production line from carbon graphite products to carbon fiber and carbon composite materials. Sigri's core competitiveness comes from its professional skills accumulated in high-temperature technology, engineering and application over the years. These core competitiveness enable the company to make full use of its broad raw material platform. The carbon graphite materials of Sigri group have the characteristics of excellent conductivity, high temperature resistance, corrosion resistance, light weight and high mechanical strength. With the development of industrialization in Asia and Latin America, and more and more traditional materials are replaced by new materials, the demand for energy-efficient materials and products of Sigri group is growing in all major industries. Sigri group's products are widely used in steel, aluminum smelting, automobile manufacturing, chemical industry, electronic semiconductors, concrete pressure testing machines to measure and judge the performance parameters of concrete according to the national standard gb/t50081 (2) 002 standard for test methods of mechanical properties of ordinary concrete photovoltaic and led industries, lithium-ion batteries and other industries. The application of carbon graphite materials and related products in wind energy, aerospace, national defense industry and other fields is also on the rise

as an international company, Sigri group has 47 production bases and service points covering more than 100 countries in Europe, North America and Asia. In 2012, the group had about 6700 employees worldwide, with sales of 1.709 billion euros. Sigri group is headquartered in Wiesbaden, a country with about 190million students in China in 2014

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