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Metalor welcomes a new Board Member

Division : Corporate

Metalor is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Urs Buchmann as a new Board Member. This appointment increases the size of Metalor's Board of Directors to 6.

U. Buchmann, a Swiss citizen, was educated in Belgium and Switzerland. He received a Ph.D. in International Public Law from the University of Bern. In 1984, Dr. Buchmann joined the editorial staff of the Economics Section of one of Switzerland's leading business papers.

In 1985, he embarked on a banking career with a major international bank, heading the bank's representative offices in the PRC. Dr. Buchmann, a Managing Director, then served as the Country Head for the bank's China organization since the beginning of 1996. In 2006 Dr. Buchmann has been appointed as Head China Corporate Banking in order to respond to the rapidly growing banking needs of international and domestic corporate clients.

From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Buchmann also served as the President of the Beijing Chapter of the Sino-Swiss Chamber of Commerce. He is moreover Chairman of the first ever Sino-Foreign private equity fund in China. Besides Dr. Buchmann serves on various corporate boards in industry and finance in Asia.

In his capacity as Head China Corporate Banking is regularily involved in advising Swiss and European companies seeking a stronger presence in China's rapidly growing industrial and services markets. At the same time, Dr. Buchmann is also increasingly active in advising Chinese companies wishing to enter the international and notably the European markets.

Fully conversant in Mandarin Chinese and having worked in China for over 20 years Dr. Buchmann's knowledge of the Chinese economy and his perspectives on the Asian markets will be invaluable for Metalor as we continue to expand in Asia.

Metalor Technologies International SA
20 March 2008

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