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Press Release

Virtual annual general meeting of Dürr AG on May 28, 2020

Bietigheim-Bissingen, April 20, 2020 – Dürr AG has set May 28, 2020, as the new date for this year’s annual general meeting. Due to the coronavirus crisis and the resulting bans on gatherings, the annual general meeting will be held virtually and streamed live on the Internet.

The initially planned face-to-face annual general meeting, which was scheduled for May 8, had to be canceled due to the spread of coronavirus. By passing emergency legislation at the end of March in response to the pandemic, the German legislator made it possible at short notice for annual general meetings to be held virtually. On May 28, shareholders will be able to take part in the annual general meeting online; they can send in their questions for the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board prior to the event. Shareholders´ voting rights can be exercised through a proxy or with the help of an electronic voting tool.

Karl-Heinz Streibich has announced that he will resign as Chairman of the Dürr AG Supervisory Board after the annual general meeting and leave the Supervisory Board. Mr. Streibich’s decision is due to the fact that he is standing as a candidate for the Supervisory Board of Software AG with a view to becoming its Chairman. This would mean Mr. Streibich would hold more than the maximum five supervisory board mandates recommended by the German Corporate Governance Code (chair counts double). For this reason, Mr. Streibich, who was CEO of Software AG between 2003 and 2018, has decided, after careful consideration, to resign from the Dürr AG Supervisory Board.

Gerhard Federer is standing as a candidate to become the next Supervisory Board Chairman of Dürr AG. He has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2016 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee. The election will take place in the Supervisory Board following the annual general meeting.

Arnd Zinnhardt will be nominated for election as a new Supervisory Board member at the annual general meeting. As a former auditor and tax advisor and based on his long-term experience as CFO of a software company, Mr. Zinnhardt has outstanding expertise both in the financial and in the digital field.

The Dürr Group is one of the world's leading mechanical and plant engineering firms with extensive expertise in automation and digitalization/Industry 4.0. Its products, systems and services enable highly efficient manufacturing processes in different industries. The Dürr Group supplies sectors like the automotive industry, mechanical engineering, chemical, pharmaceutical and woodworking industries. It generated sales of € 3.92 billion in 2019. The company has around 16,500 employees and 112 business locations in 34 countries. The Group operates in the market with the brands Dürr, Schenck and HOMAG and with five divisions:

  • Paint and Final Assembly Systems: paint shops as well as final assembly, testing and filling technology for the automotive industry
  • Application Technology: robot technologies for the automated application of paint, sealants and adhesives
  • Clean Technology Systems: air pollution control, noise abatement systems and coating systems for battery electrodes
  • Measuring and Process Systems: balancing equipment and diagnostic technology
  • Woodworking Machinery and Systems: machinery and equipment for the woodworking industry

This publication has been prepared independently by Dürr AG/Dürr group (“Dürr”). It may contain statements which address such key issues as strategy, future financial results, events, competitive positions and product developments. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, but not limited to those described in Dürr's disclosures, in particular in the chapter “Risks” in Dürr's annual report. Should one or more of these risks, uncertainties and other factors materialize, or should underlying expectations not occur or assumptions prove incorrect, actual results, performances or achievements of Dürr may vary materially from those described in the relevant forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by words such as “expect,” “want,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “will,” “project” or words of similar meaning. Dürr neither intends, nor assumes any obligation, to update or revise its forward-looking statements regularly in light of developments which differ from those anticipated. Stated competitive positions are based on management estimates supported by information provided by specialized external agencies.

Our financial reports, presentations, press releases and ad-hoc releases may include alternative financial metrics. These metrics are not defined in the IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards). Dürr's net assets, financial position and results of operations should not be assessed solely on the basis of these alternative financial metrics. Under no circumstances do they replace the performance indicators presented in the consolidated financial statements and calculated in accordance with the IFRS. The calculation of alternative financial metrics may vary from company to company despite the use of the same terminology. Further information regarding the alternative financial metrics used at Dürr can be found in our → financial glossary.