German Consortium To Deliver Textile Factory

A group of German companies has agreed to supply a complete textile factory to knit goods
manufacturer Sayhunmedtex, Uzbekistan.

The factory will be furnished with ventilating technology from LTG Air Engineering GmbH &
Co. KG, blowroom and spinning preparation machines from Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG, automatic
cone-winding machines from Schlafhorst, two-for-one twisting machines from Volkmann GmbH and
circular knitting machines from Mayer & Cie. In addition, the consortium will supply bobbin and
package tubes; spinning cans; packing machines; a textile testing laboratory supplied with
equipment from Uster Technologies AG, Switzerland; mechanical work and repair shops; as well as
material handling and moving equipment. Sayhunmedtex plans to begin production with 12,000 ring
spindles by the end of this year.

June 2004