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Wuxi NutriRice now wholly-owned by Bühler

Uzwil/Switzerland, Heerlen/The Netherlands, 11/26/2013 – The Bühler Technology Group has acquired the 50% stake held up to now by its partner Royal DSM in the joint venture Wuxi NutriRice Co. Ltd.. Both companies remain committed to continuing their joint efforts to establish rice fortification as an effictive and economical technology to combat malnutrition in the world. The micronutrients used in the innovative process of producing the branded fortified rice kernel, NutriRiceTM, will continue to be supplied by DSM. The company Wuxi NutriRice Co. Ltd., a 50/50 JV between Bühler AG and Royal DSM, was set up 2007 in Wuxi, China, to produce, market and sell rice kernels fortified with micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). This involves a highly innovative process that was jointly developed by Bühler and DSM. The resulting fortified kernels are especially suited to reduce deficiencies resulting from unbalanced nutrition and targeted at specific population groups such as children, pregnant women and elderly people.

The acquisition of the stake held by DSM enables Bühler to extend the offering of the extruded products in China beyond fortified rice kernels. In addition, it allows the extrusion research department of Bühler China to be integrated in the same building. DSM’s commitment to rice fortification remains unchanged. The knowledge gained in the 6 years of co-ownership of Wuxi NutriRice Co. Ltd. capacitates DSM to offer a complete solution for rice fortificaition to their customers.

Existing customers will continue to be supplied with the same high-quality fortified rice kernels containing DSM micronutrients.

About Bühler
Bühler is a global leader in the field of process technology, in particular production technologies and services for producing foods and manufacturing advanced materials. Bühler operates in over 140 countries and has a global payroll of over 10,000. In fiscal 2012, the company generated sales of CHF 2.4 billion.

About DSM Royal
DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences, DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders.

Bühler contact
Corina Atzli, Head Corporate Communications, Bühler AG, CH- 9240 Uzwil, Switzerland
Phone +41 71 955 33 99, Fax +41 71 955 38 51, media@buhlergroup.com

Royal DSM contact
Herman Betten, Communication Director, Royal DSM, P.O. Box 6500, 6401 JH Heerlen, Netherlands
Phone +31 45 5782017, media.relations@dsm.com

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