SNPE, Saab and Patria complete the creation of EURENCO - a Leading European Propellants and Explosives Company

SNPE, Saab and Patria complete the creation of EURENCO - a Leading
European Propellants and Explosives Company

SNPE Matériaux Energétiques (SME) of France on one side and SAAB of
Sweden and Patria of Finland, (the owners of NEXPLO Industries AB) have
today completed the merger of their propellant and explosives operations
within a new company called EURENCO, the European Energetics
Corporation. A binding agreement to create EURENCO was signed on 10 July

EURENCO has a starting turnover of more than 100 MEUR and 850 employees.
Based in Paris, the company will have subsidiaries operating in Belgium,
Finland, France and Sweden.

The parent companies are aiming to create a leading propellant and
explosives company in Europe, drawing on advanced technologies and in-
depth knowledge of this business. It will ensure the secure supply of
explosives and propellants to all ammunition manufacturers, not only in
Europe but throughout the world.

EURENCO will focus on safety and environmental issues and will develop
its five industrial plants (Clermont in Belgium, Vihtavuori in Finland,
Bergerac and Sorgues in France, Karlskoga in Sweden) around their
respective strengths.

Founded in 1971 GROUPE SNPE is a leading French industrial group with
two core businesses, energetic materials and chemicals. It generates
annual sales of more than 800 million Euros around the world and employs
over 5000 people. Build on its original business, chemical solutions for
the defence industry; GROUPE SNPE has successfully applied a strategy of
diversification and international development through major acquisitions
and joint ventures. SNPE Matériaux Enérgetiques (SME) is the SNPE
subsidiary in charge of energetic materials research, development,
production and marketing.

Saab is one of the world's leading high-technology companies, with its
main operations focusing on defence, aviation and space. The group
covers a broad spectrum of competence and capabilities in systems
integration. Saab is a publicly listed company with a turnover of EUR 1,
8 billion, the number of employees amounted to 14 000 in 2002.

Patria is an internationally operating Aerospace and Defence Group
actively participating in the development of new technologies. Patria's
core business areas are armoured wheeled vehicles and heavy weapon
systems including their life cycle
service, defence electronics, helicopter and military aircraft life
cycle support as well as demanding composite structures. Patria is a
leading supplier of armoured wheeled vehicles in Europe. The Finnish
State and EADS are Patria's shareholders. The Group had net sales of EUR
232.5 million in 2002 and the number of employees was 2 004.

For further information please contact:
Per Lagerqvist, General Manager, Saab Nexplo,
Tel: +46 (0)586-83152, +46 (0)705 28 31 52
Iréne Svensson, Group Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
and Public Affairs, Saab AB, Tel: +46 (0)13 463 0130, +46 (0)734 187130

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