Change at the top of Dürr’s Supervisory Board
Bietigheim-Bissingen, April 26, 2013 – After 23 years at the top of the Supervisory Board of Dürr AG, Heinz Dürr retired from office at the end of today’s annual general meeting. Klaus Eberhardt was elected as his successor by the Supervisory Board, having been a member of the control body for a year. Heinz Dürr explained his decision to step down in front of around 500 shareholders. “At the age of 80 it is time to hand this important role over to a younger person. My successor, Klaus Eberhardt, is a great match for Dürr and stands for continuity.” Heinz Dürr will remain in close contact with the company as honorary member of the Supervisory Board. The Dürr family is the anchor shareholder with a 28.9% stake in Dürr AG.
Between 2000 and 2012, Klaus Eberhardt (65) was Chairman of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall AG. The mathematician is very familiar with the automobile industry and is a seasoned technology expert. “Dürr is in an excellent strategic position and has cutting-edge products thanks to its innovative strength. Together with the Board of Management, my colleagues on the Supervisory Board and all employees, I want to make sure that the company continues its positive development”, says Eberhardt.
CEO Ralf W. Dieter thanked the outgoing Chairman of the Supervisory Board in his speech. “Heinz Dürr laid the foundation for the success of the company, supported Dürr with passion and expertise as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, and is a role model for our employees.”
The proposed dividend of € 2.25 per share for 2012 was approved by a large majority of shareholders. Dürr will distribute a total of € 38.9 million. The dividend increase was 88% compared to the previous year. The shareholders are thus participating in the positive business and earnings development in 2012. With record sales of € 2.4 billion, Dürr increased its earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) to € 177 million, achieving an EBIT margin of 7.4%. Dürr has had a good start to 2013 and is expecting a further increase in sales and earnings for the full year provided that the economic climate does not worsen.
Dr. Herbert Müller was elected to the Supervisory Board by a large majority of shareholders. Dr. Müller was Chairman of the Board of Management of Ernst & Young Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft until 2011.
The Board of Management and the Supervisory Board of Dürr AG were discharged from liability at the annual general meeting with more than 95% of the votes each, and the proposal to issue bonus shares in a ratio of 1:1 was approved. This measure is planned for summer 2013
The attendance rate at the annual general meeting was 64.6%. The results of the votes can be viewed here.
Dürr is a mechanical and plant engineering group that holds leading positions in the world market in its areas of operation. It generates a good 80% of its sales in business with the automotive industry. It also supplies the aircraft, machinery, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries with innovative production and environmental technology. The Dürr Group operates in the market with four divisions: Paint and Assembly Systems plans and builds paint shops and final assembly systems for the for the automobile and aircraft industries. Application Technology provides automated paint application, sealing, and glueing with its robot technologies. Machinery and systems from the Measuring and Process Systems division are used for balancing and cleaning and in engine and transmission manufacturing as well as in final vehicle assembly, among other areas. The fourth division, Clean Technology Systems, specializes in processes to improve energy efficiency and exhaust air purification. Dürr has 51 business locations in 23 countries worldwide and approximately 7,700 employees. The Group achieved sales revenues of € 2.4 billion in 2012.