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HIRSCH Servo AG: Volume Production Readiness Achieved for Plastic Pallets – Fourth Segment Launched:
Logistics The market for transport packaging is seeing many changes. Leading multinationals have
already decided to replace wooden pallets for ecological reasons and trends in pallets are now definitely
towards plastic. Some 850 million pallets are produced annually worldwide, of which currently only
around 3% are made of plastic. They are used in many different industries, including pharmaceuticals,
cosmetics, food and electronics, for temperature sensitive and high quality products, and airfreight.

Following almost two years’ development work, the first fully automatic HIRSCH pallet manufacturing
facility is ready for volume production. From now on completely jacketed polystyrene pallets (e.g. in
EuroPallet size of 1200x800x150 mm) weighing max. 10 kg can be manufactured at headquarters in
Glanegg. This pallet generation can be used as a four-way entry pallet (i.e. the pallet accepts all material handling equipment models from all sides) for loads of up to 1,000 kg or as a two-way pallet (access from two sides) for high bay racking with lower loads.

To expand the possible applications for this unique production technology, the prototype of a four-way
pallet with closed top deck and rack capability of up to 1,000 kg has also been developed. Volume
production readiness should be reached in the coming months.

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All HIRSCH pallets are made entirely of polystyrene and can therefore be easily and 100% recycled. Compared
with products with similar performance parameters, HIRSCH pallets’ low weight can save over 50% in weight, which not only results in a range of benefits but also reduces freight and handling costs in particular.

The HIRSCH Servo Group has thus given the go-ahead for its fourth business segment of Logistics (1.EPS
Packaging, 2. EPS Insulation, 3. Technology). In the coming years, it intends to use HIRSCH pallet manufacturing facilities increasingly in its own plants and sell them to global alliance partners in a move to support the Group’s profit-oriented growth. A HIRSCH pallet manufacturing facility has a capacity of 100,000 to 300,000 pallets/year, depending on the pallet type.

The next date on the financial calendar is May 30, 2008 when the results for the third quarter 2007/08 will be announced.

*The HIRSCH Servo Group is the EPS specialist on the Vienna Stock Exchange with manufacturing facilities in Austria, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Italy and Romania. EPS products (EPS stands for expandable polystyrene and is better known under the brand name of Porozell®) support a variety of functions, including energy savings, as well as sustainable and eco-friendly growth. Their wide-ranging applications cover packaging, shape-molded parts, building insulation, modular boards for underfloor heating, construction blocks, Thermozell® lightweight concrete products and transport pallets.

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