Dr Michael Winhold appointed to the Management Board of Vintron

Dr Michael Winhold (47) was appointed to the Board of Directors of Vintron GmbH in Knapsack, effective from 01. January 2003. Dr Winhold, a graduate engineer, formerly Head of the Technical Department and deputy of the managing director, was largely responsible for extensions to the chlorine and vinyl chloride production capacities. Vintron, together with Vinnolit Monomers Division ensure the supply of raw material to the leading German PVC manufacturer, Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG. In April 2002 a new vinyl chloride plant in Knapsack was inaugurated. These investments, totalling 130 m Euro, were made possible by the acquisition of Vinnolit and Vintron by Advent International, a leading private equity firm advising institutional funds. The managing directors of Vintron are Dr Hermann Berwe and Dr Michael Winhold.


Dr Oliver Mieden, Environmental Affairs / Corporate Communications, Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG,
Carl-Zeiss-Ring 25, D-85737 Ismaning Tel.: +49 (0)89 - 96103-208, Fax: -109, e-mail: oliver.mieden@vinnolit.com

Advent International
Advent International is a leading private equity firm which advises international funds. Founded in Boston in 1984, the firm has offices in 13 countries and manages a portfolio of investments totalling some US$6 billion. Advent has invested in more than 500 companies in 35 countries in various branches of industry.


Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG
With an annual capacity of 650,000 metric tonnes (1.4 billion lbs) Vinnolit is the leading PVC producer in Germany, one of the most important manufacturers in Europe and, worldwide, is among the Top 10 in vinyls industry. National and international activities of the company are managed from Ismaning, near Munich. Production sites are in Burghausen, Gendorf, Knapsack und Cologne. Turnover of the Vinnolit group in 2001 amounted to €568 million. The Managing Directors are Dr Josef Ertl and Hans-Jürgen Zippel. The Vinnolit group employs 1,600 staff including those at the subsidiaries, Vintron GmbH and Vinnolit Technologie GmbH & Co. KG (VinTec). Vinnolit produces and markets a wide range of PVC products covering all kinds of PVC applications, e.g. in the construction sector, in the automobile industry or in the medical sector. Whether the PVC is for window profiles, rigid film, technical coatings, car undersealing or medical applications, Vinnolit is able to offer a suitable product. In the area of PVC products for special applications Vinnolit is the market and technical leader.


Vintron GmbH
Vintron, a 100 % subsidiary of Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG, employs around 270 staff with a turnover of €191million (2001) and is based in Hürth-Knapsack near Cologne. The company produces various raw materials, which are required in the chemical industry as well as in other branches. These products include chlorine, caustic soda, hydrogen, dichloroethane and vinyl chloride. The Managing Directors are Dr Hermann Berwe and - effective from 01. January 2003 - Dr Michael Winhold.