SGL Group funds Endowed Chair at EBS Universität

Wiesbaden, December 20, 2012. SGL Group – The Carbon Company and EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht have announced the establishment of an Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Management. The aim of the partnership is to strengthen long-term, interdisciplinary cooperation that will focus on integrated logistic chains across the entire value creation process. The Chair will be located in the Institute for Supply Chain Management - Procurement and Logistics (ISCM) at EBS Universität. Chair holder will be Professor Hans Sebastian Heese (38), who most recently taught as As-sociate Professor at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, USA.

Armin Bruch, Board Member of SGL Group: "For a globally operating company such as SGL Group with 48 production facilities, the successful management of the worldwide flow of goods is a prerequisite for success and a benchmark for customer satisfaction. With the appointment of Professor Heese, we have secured a young, renowned researcher for our Endowed Chair of Supply Chain Management. As a company based in Wiesbaden, collaboration with EBS is also a sign of our close ties with the region and provides an excellent platform to attract young talent to our company and spark interest in our carbon-based products."

Professor Rolf D. Cremer, President of EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht: "We are extremely pleased that with SGL Group we have gained a new, highly reputable partner. EBS Universität stands for innovative, high quality as well as practice-driven research, teaching and executive education. A main focus of our activities lies in the field of supply chain management. The partnership with SGL Group will enable us to explore this important topic area even more extensively."

Established for an initial period of five years with funding amounting to 1.75 million Euros, the Endowed Chair will formally take up activities in the summer semester 2013. It will conduct research into the challenging issues facing supply chain management and develop concrete proposals and innovative solutions to optimize value chains.

In order to achieve maximum closeness to practice and ensure the direct implementation of research results, cooperation will also include research into topics within SGL Group's worldwide production network.

About SGL Group – The Carbon Company

SGL Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon-based products and materials. It has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites. SGL Group’s core competencies are its expertise in high-temperature technology as well as its applications and engineering know-how gained over many years. These competencies enable the Company to make full use of its broad material base. SGL Group’s carbon-based materials combine several unique properties such as very good electrical and thermal conductivity, heat and corrosion resistance as well as high mechanical strength combined with low weight. Due to industrialization in the growth regions of Asia and Latin America and increased substitution of traditional with innovative materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Group’s high-performance materials and products. Products from SGL Group are used predominantly in the steel, aluminum, automotive and chemical industries as well as in the semiconductor, solar and LED sectors and in lithium-ion batteries. Carbon-based materials and products are also being used increasingly in the wind power, aerospace and defense industries.

With 48 production sites in Europe, North America and Asia as well as a service network covering more than 100 countries, SGL Group is a company with a global presence. In 2011, the Company’s workforce of around 6,500 employees generated sales of €1,540 million. The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden.

Further information about SGL Group can be found online at: www.sglgroup.com

Important note:

This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on the information currently available to us and on our current projections and assumptions. By nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, as a consequence of which actual developments and results can deviate significantly from these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not to be understood as guarantees. Rather, future developments and results depend on a number of factors; they entail various risks and unanticipated circumstances and are based on assumptions which may prove to be inaccurate. These risks and uncertainties include, for example, unforeseeable changes in political, economic, legal, and business conditions, particularly relating to our main customer industries, such as electric steel production, to the competitive environment, to interest rate and exchange rate fluctuations, to technological developments, and to other risks and unanticipated circumstances. Other risks that in our opinion may arise include price developments, unexpected developments connected with acquisitions and subsidiaries, and unforeseen risks associated with ongoing cost savings programs. SGL Group does not intend or assume any responsibility to revise or otherwise update these forward-looking statements.


About EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht

EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht is a leading private business university in Germany with campus locations in Wiesbaden and Oestrich-Winkel. It offers Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in business studies and a law degree programme that leads to the Erste juristische Prüfung (Staatsexamen) Currently 1500 students are enrolled on courses. The University has a strong focus on applied business research, and its executive education activities provide expertise and support to managers and specialists from business companies.

EBS Universität comprises two faculties: EBS Business School and EBS Law School. A pioneer among German business schools, EBS Business School has been educating future business leaders with a global perspective since 1971. It is one of the most highly regarded faculties for business and management studies in Germany. In April 2012, EBS Business School was awarded the prestigious EQUIS hallmark of quality. EBS Law School is the youngest law faculty in Germany. Since 2011, the Law School at EBS Universität, as the only university in Germany, offers a fully-fledged, traditional law degree programme leading to the "Staatsexamen", focusing on core areas of business law and with an integrated Master in Business (MA).

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