Success creates continuity

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Success creates continuity

Elematic turns 50 next year. This anniversary is to be celebrated in many different ways together with customers and personnel.

Elematic turns 50 next year. This anniversary is to be celebrated in many different ways together with customers and personnel. However, our respectable age does not mean that we are old and inflexible, quite the opposite - the last 5 years have been a time of unparalleled growth; our turnover has increased by 40 percent every year. The current global economic situation will naturally slow down the growth rate of the next two years, but after that we will be back on the fast track. Western Europe may be an exception, but elsewhere in the world construction will quickly pick up its increasing pace again. The need for residential building in most corners of the world has not disappeared, and as soon as the financing system recovers, construction work will continue briskly. Building with precast will grow even faster than its competing methods of construction; this is the prevailing trend. Right now, the solidity of a supplier and partner is of crucial importance to customers. This means the supplier must have a future. We will stand by and support our customers all the way through this difficult phase into the next economic boom. Companies that take-the-money-and-run will not survive this far - these are times in which the strong and reliable will win out. Lean assets must now be made to produce quickly. The time between the order and the delivery of the first ready products must be shortened, and this is where the services of a one-stop-supplier make for the best solution as it speeds up operations. It is fundamentally important to have open discussion in all work phases of a project and the 50 years of experience that we bring to the table today are essential. At Elematic, we leave nothing to chance. Our customers do not need to wheel and deal with many different suppliers. For the customer, we are the leading one-stop-supplier. Despite the financial crisis situation, our R&D is continuing to work strongly and determinedly. In 2009, we will launch many innovations. You can expect to see novelties for hollow-core production as well as circulating lines, and especially exciting news related to sandwich wall production. Ecological sustainability is of great importance in all we do, and we show this by developing technologies that require less cement and less steel to produce products of the highest quality. Success creates continuity - in our five decades of business we have seen many recessions, both domestic as well as international. And we are still going strong, and so are our customers. The current slowing down of activities is not a new situation for us, even though this decline has its specific features. We face these times as the technological leader of the market, and we will continue strongly in this role in the future. When the financial upswing begins and construction once again starts to grow, your production machinery must be in good shape and ready. The fast eat the slow and how well you will succeed when the next boom arrives depends on how well prepared you are. We intend to do our best to keep success a mutual factor for us and our customers, ensuring leadership and continuity. In midst of the Nordic winter season, I wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable end-of-the-year season and a Prosperous New Year 2009. Leo Sandqvist CEO

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