SCA acquires additional shares in Asian packaging company

Stockholm, SWEDEN


STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 11, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- SCA has increased its ownership interest to 65% in Central Package Group, which holds a stable position on the Chinese packaging market.

In January 1999, SCA acquired 11% of the shares in the Singapore-based packaging company Central Package, an ownership interest that successively increased to 48%. SCA has now reached an agreement with minority owners covering the acquisition of additional shares. Following the current transaction, SCA's interest increases to 65%, with the ambition of further increasing the ownership interest to more than 90%. The founder of Central Package, Anthony Chen, will retain a minority interest. During the period with SCA as a part-owner, Central Package has shown very favourable and profitable growth. Annual sales currently correspond to slightly more than USD 95 M (about SEK 750 M), with an EDITDA margin of about 16%. The company holds a stable position on the Chinese packaging market, which is showing growth of about 10% annually. Central Package has some 20 converting units in China specializing primarily in production of corrugated board and protective packaging. In addition to operations in China, Central Package also has converting units in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

Stockholm, 11 November 2003 SVENSKA CELLULOSA AKTIEBOLAGET SCA (publ) Communications and Investor Relations


For further information, please contact:
Jan Astrom, President and CEO
Phone: +46 70-586 07 01

Peter Nyquist, Senior Vice President, Communications and
  Investor Relations
Phone: +46 70-575 29 06

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