27. KESÄKUUTA 2005

Nilfisk-Advance A/S acquires the activities in the Finnish company Karkone OY

An agreement has been entered into for the Nilfisk-Advance A/S take-over of all activities in the Finnish distribution company Karkone effective as per 1 July 2005.

Karkone is one of Finland’s leading distributors of cleaning machines. Karkone is a well-established supplier of machines as well as after sales service for contract cleaners, institutions and the industry. Karkone has 12 employees and a turnover of approx. 2.5 mEUR.

The acquisition of Karkone will strengthen Nilfisk-Advance’s position as the leading supplier of cleaning machines in the Finnish market, and means that we in the future through our own company can provide our customers with a complete range of machines and service including application knowledge.

Nilfisk-Advance is – with a complete range of cleaning machines including commercial and industrial vacuum cleaners, scrubber dryers, industrial sweepers, machines for out-door cleaning and high pressure cleaners – the global leading supplier of cleaning machines for professional purposes. Nilfisk-Advance is represented in 31 countries with own production and sales companies and the total annual turnover of the Nilfisk-Advance Group is approx. 670mEUR.

Further information
Please address any question regarding the above to the undersigned on tel. +45 43 23 81 00.

Yours faithfully
Nilfisk-Advance A/S

Johan Molin
President & CEO