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16.03.2017
| Anvis and Sumitomo Riko complete integration

SumiRiko AVS is the “House of Automotive Comfort”

Steinau, 16 March 2017 The start of a joint future began in 2013 with the acquisition of the Anvis Group, the leading development and manufacturer of automotive anti-vibration systems (AVS), by Sumitomo Riko, the Japanese market leader for automotive vibration engineering. As part of a fundamental shift in global mobility, the deal represented a far-sighted step designed to actively help shape the direction of these changes. “Our Vision 2020 lays the foundation for an expansion that will produce sustainable growth and create a globally excellent manufacturing company,” said Olaf Hahn, the Managing Director of Anvis Deutschland GmbH and Executive Officer of Sumitomo Riko. The crucial enhancement work was done with the construction of the new Anvis headquarters in 2015 and integration into the international Group structure. “On 1 April 2017, we will take the next step in the integration process,” Hahn said. The “House of Automotive Comfort” will combine not just the experience, know-how and innovative power of a global technology leader for automotive anti-vibration systems under one roof. A new name will also be displayed on the door: The Anvis Group is becoming SumiRiko AVS Europe. “In this final step of the integration process, we are developing one truly visible entity that has a clear portfolio and is sending a strong signal about its ability to create innovative solutions for use in the mobility of tomorrow in part by applying expanded, globally available resources in research and development,” Hahn said.
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The history of Sumitomo Riko began in the industrial city of Yokkaichi City, Japan, in 1929. The company’s expertise in the areas of rubber processing and vibration engineering grew rapidly. Innovations and the continuous refinement of the product portfolio to meet customers’ needs turned Sumitomo Riko into a global market leader. The Group’s expansion into worldwide automotive regions began in 1988 in North America.
Sumitomo Riko laid the key milestone for its expansion in the European market by acquiring a 100 percent stake in the Anvis Group in 2013. The start and symbol of the new era are embodied by the European headquarters dedicated in 2015 – the House of Automotive Comfort. Innovativeness and the continuity of customer relationships that have been maintained for years flow into the centre of expertise for automotive vibration engineering. Another milestone will follow in 2018: the opening of the new technology centre in Steinau that will serve as a bridgehead for the Group’s global development network. Once the centre is operating, innovative technologies can flow directly from the research centre in Komaki to series implementation for European customers. “Against the backdrop of the automotive industry’s ongoing technological transformation, we can more intensely address our customers’ needs in our role as innovation partner,” Hahn said.

Think globally, act locally
In addition to the modernisation and expansion of physical capacities, the Group’s target-group-focused organisational structure that was introduced in 2016 is one of the most important aspects of efforts to make the vision come true. The three regions of Asia, North/South America and Europe are putting the global strategies of the Anti-Vibration Systems Business Unit into action. In this structure, Olaf Hahn will represent this business towards European automobile manufacturers in order to support them carrying out their global activities. “Think globally, act locally – by taking this approach, we can precisely and quickly address our customers’ needs,” Hahn says. “We have already achieved a great deal in more than three years of intensive integration work.”

Under one roof with one name.
The logical consequence of the applied globality, the regional structure and the internal integration is a visible external symbol. “The new name enables us to uniformly do business in the marketplace under one roof, deepen trust and more clearly underscore our membership in the Group,” said Hahn, who became Managing Director of SumiRiko AVS Germany GmbH as part of the renaming process. This final step in the integration will sustainably bolster the global unity of the Group (all 105 locations in 23 countries) and fuel efforts to tap all of the related potential. “The European customers of SumiRiko AVS Europe can continue to rely on the tried and tested product and service quality and the continuity and reliability that they have come to value from Anvis,” Hahn said.
The operation of automotive functional solutions will be integrated into the service company Sumitomo Riko Europe in future. It will represent the product and service portfolio of the entire Sumitomo Riko Group to European OEMs, including hose systems and polyurethane products. As a result, customers will receive the entire range of products and services from a single source. The brand integration that has been carried out under the name of the Sumitomo Riko Group represents a service commitment to the company’s customers and business partners around the world. The reason for this is clear: The working relationship is entering a new dimension. “We offer ground-breaking solutions for our customers’ open questions,” Hahn said. “Access to new technologies will be faster and more direct. Value-creating processes can be designed efficiently and productively. These are ideal conditions for developing complex modules for the vehicle concepts of the future.”

About the Sumitomo Riko Group
In addition to the Japanese company, the Sumitomo Riko Group also includes the Anvis Group and the Italian company Dytech. The group has 105 production sites in 23 countries. With 12 research and development centres globally, the group develops innovative solutions for the mobility of the future. The products range from anti-vibration systems such as engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers as well as hose systems to components made of polyurethane such as engine covers. The group generates a turnover of €3.3 billion annually. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Daimler, Audi, Renault-Nissan, Mazda, Toyota or General Motors. The expertise of the Sumitomo Riko Group also flows into other sectors, however, such as the rail and IT industry as well as health applications.

About the Anvis Group
From engine, gearbox, and chassis mounts to exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. The company’s main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group generates a turnover of more than €300 million at its 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Daimler, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.
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Issuer:
Anvis Deutschland GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
www.anvisgroup.com

Media contact:
Guido Stanovsky
Tel.: +49 6663 9128-121
Fax: +49 6663 9128-4121
Mobile: +49 151 1881 0714
E-mail: presse@anvisgroup.com

22.02.2017
| Anvis Group gains ISO 27001 certification

Protecting knowledge and acting in a dependable manner

Steinau, 22. February 2017. Undergoing constant and rapid change, the automotive market is calling for new solutions for future mobility. Key factors to success in this area include innovations and knowledge about products and processes. Competition for know-how and innovative solutions is increasing all the time, raising the general risk of setbacks such as loss of vital data. The diesel emissions scandal of 2016 was a worrying demonstration of how misconduct on the part of a few employees can endanger an entire company. On top of all this, reports of hacker attacks are continually on the rise as well. This is why compliance and data security have become two of the most important criteria for successful collaboration between OEMs and their partners. "It's a situation that is making ever-increasing demands on suppliers", said Olaf Hahn, the Managing Director of the Anvis Group, the specialist producer of anti-vibration systems. As a consequence, in December 2016, the company headquarters and central development centre for European OEM customers in Steinau an der Straße was certified in accordance with ISO 27001 for the first time. "Our certification delivers a clear signal to our customers." The revised version of this standard was published in 2013. Anvis is one of the first companies in the rubber and automotive supply sector to comply with the ISO 27001 standard. "We have been working really hard on compliance issues as well", explained Prasarth Rabindran, Director Compliance at Anvis Group, "and we are preparing for ISO 19600 certification in this area." Published for the first time in 2014, ISO 19600 is an extremely complex and demanding standard that aims to provide internationally operating companies and organisations with a reliable and practicable system for compliant behaviour.

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Cyber attacks on international companies and public institutions have now become the norm rather than the exception. As IT networks and infrastructures continue to grow, the danger of data being intercepted becomes ever greater, particularly when working in global structures. Vital to international competitiveness, a company's "intellectual property" is under constant and growing threat.

As a consequence of their efforts to protect internal know-how, automotive manufacturers are making greater demands on their suppliers. OEMs are increasingly asking their suppliers for evidence that they meet compliance and data security standards. However, the larger the company is, the more difficult it is to supply the necessary evidence. As a 100% subsidiary of Sumitomo Riko Group, the Anvis Group has started out by gaining ISO 27001 certification for its head office and European development centre. "We plan to gradually extend the certification process to our other sites", said Hahn.

Certification brings security

The ISO 27001 standard is an important step in ensuring data security inside the company and making our conformity visible to the outside world. At Anvis, data security starts whenever someone steps onto the company's premises. "We have a personalised access control system and video surveillance", explained Hahn, "meaning employees and visitors can only enter areas for which they have authorization". Important documents are kept in secure locations, and employees lock their office doors and computers whenever they leave the room. As Hahn stressed: "This philosophy is also extended to our corporate networks, applying to our own data, of course, but also and particularly to that of our external partners."

ISO 27001 demands a whole range of additional measures. First of all, the goals and requirements with regard to information security need to be defined, and their implementation must be cost-effective and in conformity with applicable rules and laws. This is only possible when, as at Anvis, efficient information security management processes have been put into place. The company's information and documentation structures have been analysed and suitably modified. Ongoing group training sessions ensure that employees receive the necessary instruction and develop a heightened awareness of the importance of data security. "Achieving improvements and identifying and countering threats is a permanent process", admits Hahn. At the same time, employees learn what data security is all about, knowledge that is useful in their personal lives as well.

Compliance as a corporate philosophy

Compliance is equally as important as data security. "In this area too, globalisation is bringing an ever greater number of requirements. We have already made a good deal of progress with regard to compliance, particularly at our head office in Steinau, where a large portion of our development work and our central customer contact team is located", said Compliance manager Rabindran in describing the efforts taking place at the Anvis Group. "We're not just paying lip service to compliance – it's a central element of our corporate philosophy and comprehensively practised by our Japanese parent company, Sumitomo Riko. We have drawn up a set of guidelines and organized training sessions for all employees throughout the Group." Anvis has also set up a hotline for whistleblowers wishing to report breaches of conduct rules. "We can see our compliance rules taking effect throughout our business processes, and can sense that all employees have a heightened awareness of the issues involved", added Prasarth Rabindran.

The ultimate goal is to gain certification in this area as well, and these efforts already demonstrate the progress towards this objective. Published in 2014, ISO 19600 is the international compliance standard, helping businesses set up a reliable and practicable system for compliant behaviour. In ISO 19600, the key element of compliance management is risk assessment. Risks are assessed and prioritized on the basis of how likely they are to occur, and effective measures must be put in place to control the factors that are identified as the greatest risks.

The ISO standard also covers the roles and responsibilities of the managers involved. "We are already well equipped to undergo the certification process, but Germany still lacks bodies that can carry out such an audit and grant the subsequent certification", said Hahn in closing.

About the Sumitomo Riko Group

In addition to the Japanese company, the Sumitomo Riko Group also includes the German Anvis Group and the Italian company Dytech. The group has 105 production sites in 23 countries. With 12 research and development centres globally, the group develops innovative solutions for the mobility of the future. The products range from anti-vibration systems such as engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers as well as hose systems through to components made of polyurethane such as engine covers. The group achieves a turnover of €3.3 billion annually. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Daimler, Audi, Renault-Nissan, Mazda, Toyota or General Motors. The expertise of the Sumitomo Riko Group also flows into other sectors, however, such as the rail and IT industry as well as health applications.

About the Anvis Group

Whether engine, gearbox, and chassis mounts or exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Daimler, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.

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Herausgeber:
Anvis Deutschland GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
Deutschland
www.anvisgroup.com

Pressekontakt:
Guido Stanovsky
Tel.: +49 6663 9128-121
Fax: +49 6663 9128-4121
Mobile: +49 151 1881 0714
E-Mail: presse@anvisgroup.com

16.09.2016
| Anvis Industry at InnoTrans 2016

Hydraulic bearing: serially produced, low maintenance and low wear

Versailles, 16 September 2016. At this year's InnoTrans in Berlin, Anvis Industry is presenting a hydraulic bearing wagon bogie that's ready for serial production. This innovative technology for vibration control systems multi-directionally attenuates vibrations and provides a high level of comfort when the train is in operation. The nearly maintenance-free bearing makes a low-wear wheel-set mounting possible and, as a result, meets crucial manufacturer and operator criteria for operational safety and for maintenance cycles that can be planned. "Thanks to its compact design, the hydraulic bearing is also appropriate for retrofitting and, as a result, optimizing existing systems," states Olaf Hahn, Managing Director of the Anvis Group and member of the board of Sumitomo Riko, a leading supplier of decoupling systems for rolling stock. Anvis Industry will continue to carry out development and production for the European market. Through its close cooperation with Sumitomo Electric Industries, the company can once again expand its extensive product portfolio, especially in the area of secondary suspension systems. At booth 608 in hall 9 during InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin, Anvis Industry and Sumitomo Riko will present the companies' entire range of vibration optimisation solutions for rolling stock along with the hydraulic primary suspension system.
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Hydraulic bearings are able to multi-directionally attenuate vibrations. The vertical and longitudinal rigidity adapts in the process depending on the oscillation frequency. The hydraulic functionality always ensures ideal rigidity adjusted to the situation when subjected to a variety of loads. This enables the wheels to follow the tracks better. Such an optimised wheel-set mounting significantly decreases wear and tear not only on the wheels, but on countless other mechanical components in the wagon bogie as well. This results in lower maintenance costs and makes it possible to exactly determine replacement cycles. At InnoTrans 2016, Anvis is introducing hydraulic bearings that can be serially produced in various geometries.
Thanks to the bearings' compact form, it's possible to also retrofit wagon bogies currently in operation and optimise their properties as a result. "With this solution, we can offer our customers a significant business advantage," Hahn says. Anvis meets the three crucial criteria from manufacturers and operators of rolling stock with its hydraulic bearings: operational safety, maintenance cycles that can be planned and – not to be forgotten – comfort.

Close cooperation with the innovation leader in secondary suspension systems
Through its strengthened cooperation with Sumitomo Electric Industries, Anvis Industry continues to significantly expand its portfolio in the area of secondary suspension system components.  This cooperation includes the use of technologies for air suspensions, giving Anvis Industry the ability to now offer complete solutions for vibration optimisation of rolling stock.

Material innovations from France
In addition to expanding its portfolio, Anvis Industry is leveraging the opportunities presented by Sumitomo Riko Group's international network, particularly in the areas of research and development as well as purchasing and production. In recent years, product and process development of components and systems was further expanded at the Decize, France, location where components for the European market are also produced. The central focus of the development work is in the field of material innovation. Having its own on-site mixing plant enables the location to quickly introduce new formulations to industry without losing time or know-how.
"Following the sale of Anvis Industry to Sumitomo Riko, integration of the companies is nearly complete with the structure and processes now adjusted to meet global market requirements. As a result, the synergies in the global footprint are making an impact," says Hahn, who is pleased with the positive, efficient development of the consolidation.

Note to the media:
Interested journalists attending the InnoTrans trade fair can obtain additional information about hydraulic bearings throughout the event. At the Anvis Booth 608 in Hall 9, application engineers from the world's leader in secondary suspension systems, Sumitomo Electric Industries, are available to answer questions and provide additional information about the innovative bearings.  If you would like to make an appointment for a specific time, please send a request to: presse@anvisgroup.com.
Additional information can be found at www.anvis-sumitomo-railway.com

About the Sumitomo Riko Group
In addition to the Japanese company, the Sumitomo Riko Group also includes the German Anvis Group and the Italian company Dytech. With the merger of the companies in 2013, the number of production plants rose to 103 in 23 countries. With 12 research and development centres globally, the group develops innovative solutions for the mobility of the future. The products range from anti-vibration systems such as engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers as well as hose systems such as molecular fuel hoses through to components made of polyurethane such as engine covers. The group achieves a turnover of €2.8 billion annually. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Daimler, Audi, Renault-Nissan, Mazda, Toyota or General Motors. The expertise of the Sumitomo Riko Group also flows into other sectors, however, such as the rail and IT industry as well as health applications.


About the Anvis Group
Whether engine, gearbox, and chassis mounts or exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Daimler, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.
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Issuer:
Anvis Deutschland GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
www.anvisgroup.com

Press contact:
Guido Stanovsky
Phone: +49 6663 9128-121
Fax: +49 6663 9128-4121
Mobile: +49 151 1881 0714
E-mail: presse@anvisgroup.com

03.09.2015
| House of Automotive Comfort at the IAA 2015

The future of mobility lies in the material


Steinau, 03 September 2015 Where is the automobile of the future heading? What role will driving comfort and driving dynamics play? And which innovative products and materials will impact these two characteristics today and tomorrow? Answers to these questions will be provided at the IAA 2015 by the "House of Automotive Comfort" that comprises Sumitomo Riko, the Anvis Group, which represents the Japanese group in Europe, as well as the Italian fluid handling specialist DyTech. The merger of these three companies resulted in the Sumitomo Riko Group which, as a global market leader for anti-vibration systems, has significantly expanded its development expertise and component portfolio, particularly for European OEMs. "It's all about managing the complexity of the next generation of vehicles," explains Olaf Hahn, Managing Director of the Anvis Group and member of the board of Sumitomo Riko. The group is therefore developing, among other things, controllable unit mountings for budget vehicles as well as for luxury limousines. A Smart Rubber will enable new solutions for many functions in the area of sensor technology in the future and the use of new materials will increase the durability and fatigue strength of components. The long-term innovation potential of the group and ground-breaking, series-production-ready, state-of-the-art solutions will be on display through illustrative demonstrations at stand A12, hall 6.1, in the "House of Automotive Comfort" area of the largest automobile show in the world.
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In 2013, the Japanese company Sumitomo Riko took over the German Anvis Group and the Italian company Dytech. Over the past 2 years, a successful integration process has taken place. With the new regional strategy, the three companies are combining not only their development skills. The products, which complement each other to a certain extent, will be delivered worldwide from 103 sites in 23 countries to customers.
Anvis is responsible for Europe and assumes responsibility for products throughout the Sumitomo Riko Group when it comes to OEMs and Tier 1 customers. The group will be presenting this range of services at the IAA in the "House of Automotive Solutions". The portfolio of products ranges from high-performance engine bearings and new concepts in fluid handling to reduced-weight engine covers and ultralight headrests through the use of innovative materials. "Weight reduction, minimisation of emissions, safety and comfort are our key drivers when it comes to developing automotive components," explains Hahn regarding the product range.

For a light future
In addition to the products, development expertise in particular plays a crucial role when it comes to dealing with future mobility needs. The Sumitomo Riko Group has twelve research and development centres worldwide. "The experience and expertise of Sumitomo Riko, Anvis and Dytech complement each other perfectly," says Hahn. The group is primarily focused on developing materials to optimise driving dynamics and comfort on a sustainable basis. Great potential exists, for example, in the improved reliability and performance of rubber mixtures and the use of plastics to replace metal for weight reduction. One OEM, for example, is about to start production of suspension bushings with an outer shell made of plastic instead of metal.
The Smart Rubber of the Sumitomo Riko Group possesses sensory qualities. The level of accuracy available for measuring pressure and temperature enables new solutions for various functions in automobiles. The measurement of biometric data can be used to deduce the driver's physical state, for example. However, existing sensor and actuator systems in the automobile can also be substituted by this material, which has a high level of reliability and durability due to the elimination of any mechanical and electronic components. The Sumitomo Riko Group will be demonstrating the principle of Smart Rubber in various applications at its stand at the IAA.

Active adjustment of the unit mounting
Controllable bearings will play a decisive role when it comes to driving comfort in the future. The Sumitomo Riko Group will be using a small vehicle model to demonstrate how innovative bearing systems and the resulting ability to adapt to different driving situation works. These adaptive bearings can be employed to optimise comfort properties further through an improved stiffness and damping behaviour.
 

About the Anvis Group
Whether engine, gearbox, and chassis mounts or exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 14 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.

About the Sumitomo Riko Group
In addition to the Japanese company, the Sumitomo Riko Group also includes the German Anvis Group and the Italian company Dytech. With the merger of the companies in 2013, the number of production plants rose to 103 in 23 countries. With twelve research and development centres globally, the group develops innovative solutions for the mobility of the future. The products range from anti-vibration systems such as engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers as well as hose systems such as molecular fuel hoses through to components made of polyurethane such as engine covers. The group achieves a turnover of €2.8 billion annually. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Renault-Nissan, Mazda, Toyota or General Motors. The expertise of the Sumitomo Riko Group also flows into other sectors, however, such as the rail and computer industry as well as health applications.
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Issuer:
Anvis Deutschland GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
www.anvisgroup.com
 
Media contact:
Guido Stanovsky 
Tel.: +49 6663 9128-121
Fax: +49 6663 9128-4121
Mobile: +49 151 1881 0714
E-mail: presse@anvisgroup.com

22.06.2015
| Anvis expands its plant in the Czech Republic

Focusing on customers

Steinau, 22 June 2015 By expanding its plant in the Czech Republic, the Anvis Group has enlarged its global footprint once again. The company has invested both in the expansion of its production facilities and in new, state-of-the-art equipment. "With these investments, we have bolstered our position in the Central and Eastern European market," Olaf Hahn, the Managing Director of the Anvis Group and the Head of European Antivibration Business at Sumitomo Riko, said during an opening ceremony on 22 June 2015. "Acting almost like neighbours, we can supply customers based in the region with high-quality products while putting innovative automaking changes into practice." Tetsu Matsui, who became the new president and COO of Anvis' parent company, Sumitomo Riko, on 18 June 2015, mentioned another milestone in the overall strategy: "The plant expansion in the Czech Republic symbolises in particular the group's good performance and growth." In recent months, Anvis AVT s.r.o, a company based in the eastern Czech city of Vsetin, has invested 100 million Czech koruna (about €3.7 million). More than half of this money was used to acquire cutting-edge, high-performance machinery.
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The plant in Czech Republic has been a key part of the Anvis Group for years. In 2014, the plant generated turnover of €55 million, making a strong contribution to the group's overall performance. Anvis AVT now plans to use its more efficient state-of-the-art production facilities to boost turnover to about €67 million in 2018. "We want all employees to be proud of the plant in the Czech Republic," said Yoshiaki Nishimura, CEO and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sumitomo Riko. The parent company itself has also been restructured. During a Supervisory Board meeting held on 18 June 2015, Tetsu Matsui was elected the new president of the company and will retain his position as COO. During the same meeting, Yoshiaki Nishimura assumed the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board and will continue to serve as CEO.
In the Czech Republic, Anvis is already making good progress. In future, the plant will produce anti-vibration components for such customers as Daimler, GM and BMW. The entire product line ranges from chassis hangers, stabilisers and bearing bushes to catalytic converter mounts and cooling-system hangers. The plant expansion has also fuelled demand for skilled workers. In coming months, Anvis AVT will hire about 50 new employees. Once they are on the job, the plant will have a workforce of nearly 420 people. In the Czech Republic, just like all of the company's 14 locations around the world, the Anvis Group focuses on employee qualifications. "We offer a broad array of professional development opportunities and qualification courses," Hahn said in describing the company's approach to human resources development. "After all, quality is our most important driver."
Tetsu Matsui agreed: "Safety first and quality must. In addition to quality and safety, management is committed to environmental protection and compliance." This Code of Conduct has made a deep impression on Anvis. In April, for instance, a group-wide compliance helpline was set up.

About the Anvis Group
Whether engine, gearbox, and chassis mounts or exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 14 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.
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Anvis Deutschland GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
www.anvisgroup.com

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E-mail: presse@anvisgroup.com

22.04.2015
| The Anvis Group at Auto Shanghai

Partner in the Chinese market

Steinau, 22 April 2015 The Anvis Group has successfully expanded its business in China. Even though such European OEMs as VW and Peugeot still generate more than half of turnover for engine bearings, exhaust system hangers, chassis springs and decoupling systems, the share of turnover produced by Chinese customers rose to 36 percent during the Group's last financial year. "The working relationship with domestic OEMs has evolved into a profitable partnership," said Olaf Hahn, the Managing Director of the Anvis Group. In doing so, the world's leading producer of anti-vibration systems has solidified its ties to Chinese manufacturers. At the same time, European OEMs remain an important partner in China – particularly as a result of the company's development expertise. "We also draw on the know-how of our parent company, Sumitomo Riko," Hahn says. For the very first time, the Anvis Group is displaying its entire line of products and services at Auto Shanghai, an international trade fair being held from 22 through 25 April. The company is located at Booth 6B/E413 (German Pavillion) in Hall 62.
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Anvis generated turnover of €65 million in China during the company's past financial year. Sixty-four percent of this turnover was produced by engine bearings and 13 percent each by chassis systems and hangers. Anvis made 57 percent of its vibration components for European manufacturers and 36 percent for Chinese producers last year. In addition to these automotive products, Anvis produced parts for other industries, including rail system components and pipeline compensators. The share of turnover reached 7 percent.
"The way was cleared by our systematic growth strategy and the investments we made in our factory in China last year," Hahn said. Using state-of-the-art production facilities, the company can meet the special needs of its individual customers. With its local development and production teams, it can also fulfil the requirements of Chinese automakers. Thanks to their partnership with Anvis, these OEMs can reach global automotive standards more quickly.

Combined service
The Group structure also makes it possible to optimally allocate resources. As a result, project-related production capacities can be expanded and modified as needed. The Sumitomo Riko Development Centre in China plays a key role in basic research. The work required to develop a practical application is conducted by the Anvis Development Department in Wuxi. This produces the right products in a cost-efficient supplier structure for European OEMs as well as Chinese manufacturers. With the help of a broad supplier network in China, all raw materials and components can be acquired in the country. This also improves competitiveness in the local market.
In addition to its products, Anvis employees at Booth Stand XX in Hall XXX of Auto Shanghai are offering insights into production processes, explaining quality standards and providing information about Group-wide capacities and R&D potential. The company is also giving an overview of its global footprint.

About the Anvis Group
Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 14 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.
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Issuer:
Anvis Deutschland GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
www.anvisgroup.com
 
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07.04.2015
| Anvis Group launches worldwide compliance helpline

Strengthening trust

Steinau, 7 April 2015. Many companies have already set up systems to monitor and ensure compliance with laws, regulations, statutes and guidelines like the "Code of Conduct". Anvis, the world market leader in anti-vibration systems, is now expanding its commitment to this area by launching a global compliance helpline on April 1st. "With the helpline, we are providing not only our employees, customers and suppliers with an opportunity to report violations, but also all residents in our business locations," says Olaf Hahn, the Managing Director of the Anvis Group. This clear commitment to transparency and openness is being supported and encouraged by Anvis' parent company, Sumitomo Riko. "The key to successful compliance is anonymity," said Group Legal Manager Rainer Einmal. This is the only way to achieve the goals of compliance management and strengthen trust over the long term. The helpline can be reached by telephone and e-mail through its own portal. An external attorney will ensure that information can be provided anonymously to the Compliance Committee. He can also be reached by telephone or e-mail.
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Companies with international business operations must practice serious compliance management. Such a system needs structures that are capable of effectively fighting the denial of equal opportunity, harassment, corruption, child labour and much more. "Our customers also demand such a commitment," Hahn said in reference to the business terms and conditions of OEMs.
A complex compliance system is now mandatory for listed companies. At small and midsized enterprises like the Anvis Group, such structures are being introduced on a step-by-step basis. "Anvis' risk management has been given an important boost through its close relationship with our Japanese parent company, Sumitomo Riko," Einmal said in describing another reason for the introduction of the global helpline.

Full impact
The procedures are simple and effective. Complaints and violations can be reported through a special portal that can be accessed on the Anvis website or anonymously through the external attorney. These reports will then be sent directly to the Compliance Committee, which will then open an investigation into the allegations. Should violations be found, a systematic reform effort will be initiated. "By ensuring anonymity, our compliance management system can have its full impact." Group Risk Manager Prasarth Rabindran is certain that this is the only way to achieve such goals as minimising risk and improving efficiency and effectiveness.

About the Anvis Group
Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust suspensions and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 14 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.
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30.03.2015
| ANVIS Russia to relocate production operation

New direction during difficult times

Steinau, 30 March 2015. The Anvis Group established its location in Togliatti, Russia, in 2008. In the process, the world's market leader for anti-vibration systems invested significant amounts of financial and personnel resources into the operation. The uncertain geopolitical situation and the worsening recession in Russia have prevented the company from receiving a return on investment up to now and are increasingly hurting the earnings of the entire Anvis Group. For this reason, the management team of the automotive supplier has decided to relocate its production operation from the plant in Russia. "This decision will not affect our local presence in any way," said Olaf Hahn, the Managing Director of the Anvis Group. "Both our local sales unit and the development centre will remain in Russia. As a result, they can continue to work closely with customers and meet their needs." No supply shortages will occur either. The production operation will continue to deliver quality components through the end of June.
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In the past seven years, Anvis has invested heavily in the development of its plant in Russia in order to bolster its own, international-level function and quality standards. The Togliatti plant began producing engine mounting systems, vibration dampers and chassis components in 2010. Since then, it has continuously produced excellent anti-vibration components. Most recently, the plant employed more than 100 employees who generated annual turnover of €10 million.
In explaining the reasons for the company's carefully thought-out decision, Hahn said: "Unfortunately, the large amount of money that we have invested in the expansion of capacities has not yielded any positive results." Instead, the losses experienced by the operative business increased particularly last year. The Russian economy is mired in a deep recession that has been exacerbated by the geopolitical situation. As a result, sales produced by OEMs plummeted, and the demand for anti-vibration components has declined as well. Experts also not expect that the Russian economy will recover any time in the near future.

Transparent decision
"We have already informed our customers about our decision to restructure the Russian plant," Hahn said. Ordered components will be produced and delivered by Togliatti until the end of June. Because all of the company's plants around the world use the same Anvis quality standards for production, customers will still be able to receive the parts and component groups they need after June. The point of contact will remain the local sales department. In addition, no changes will be made in Russia regarding service to meet customers' own special needs. The company's development centre in Togliatti will remain in operation.

"As a result of the relocation of production operations, we will be unable to avoid redundancies," Hahn said. "We will try to keep them to a moderate level and will provide assistance to affected workers." Employees will also have an opportunity to transfer to one of the 14 other plants that the Anvis Group operates around the world. Employees in Togliatti have already been informed about the restructuring.

About the Anvis Group
Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust suspensions and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 14 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.
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16.12.2014
| Anvis helping to send aid to Romania

Aid for children at Christmas

Steinau, 4 December 2014. The annual transport convoy arranged by the aid organisation "Das kunterbunte Kinderzelt" will leave for Romania on Saturday. Aid is urgently needed there. After all, the winter with temperatures of up to minus 30 degrees is just around the corner. The convoy is sponsored by the automotive supplier Anvis based in Steinau an der Straße. "One truck is full of presents for the children, while a second one is transporting mainly warm clothes and blankets," explained Olaf Hahn, Managing Director of the Anvis Group. Das kunterbunte Kinderzelt e.V. has been running this Christmas campaign under the motto "A gift for you!" for many years now. Every year, around 5,000 to 6,000 parcels are handed over to needy children in Romania and Bulgaria by organisation staff just before Christmas. "This time, employees from Anvis too are helping to hand out the presents," added Olaf Hahn. "The lovingly packed parcels contain not only toys and sweets but also essential items such as soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste."
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More and more children in Eastern Europe are growing up without their parents – the children live with their grandparents, relatives or neighbours because their parents are working abroad. Romania is particularly affected by this. After all, it is already one of the poorest countries and investors are increasingly turning their backs on it owing to the current crisis affecting its neighbour Ukraine. An estimated 3.4 million Romanians – a fifth of the working population – work abroad. According to a survey carried out by UNICEF, they leave behind around 350,000 children.
Das kunterbunte Kinderzelt e.V. is an international children's aid organisation which is active in Romania. The organisation has been operating the "Kindernestchen" day nursery as well as a family and children's centre, organising sponsorships, providing children with artificial limbs, glasses, hearing aids and other medical aids and supporting families with children in the town of Balan since September 2008. Thanks to the support provided by Anvis, the world leader for anti-vibration components who opened a new plant in Romania this year, financing was available for this year's convoy to Balan. "We meet the entire logistics costs of around € 3,000," said Hahn.
Based in Schlüchtern and established in January 2004, "Das kunterbunte Kinderzelt e.V." is an independent, non-denominational organisation which is officially recognised as a charity. As an umbrella organisation, it carries out projects in Germany and Romania. A local group in Wiehl as well as the Romanian counterpart form part of the umbrella organisation.

Key facts
The packing of the aid parcels in Vollmerz will begin at 7.30 on 6 December 2014. The aid convoy will then set off from Schlüchtern that same day.
If everything goes to plan, the convoy should arrive in Balan, Romania on 9 December.
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About the Anvis Group
Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust suspensions and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.
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13.11.2014
| Anvis expands its plant in China

Capacity increased to meet growing demand

Steinau, 12 November 2014. According to the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles, 21 of the world's 50 largest automotive manufacturers in 2012 were Chinese companies. In 2013, Chinese manufacturers produced over 22 million vehicles and experts estimate that in 2025, sales of new vehicles there will hit 35.5 million. Demand in the "Middle Kingdom", as it is known in Chinese, is staggering. Even though growth is levelling out, the market is still extremely interesting for European OEMs. The Anvis Group, the global market leader of anti-vibration systems, therefore modernised and expanded its plant in Wuxi at the end of October this year. "With Anvis Wuxi we are helping our European customers to achieve their planned targets at local level and are taking account the increased demand for their products in the region," explained Navin Karwande, Anvis Group COO, at the opening ceremony. "As such, we are developing our growth strategy and using local production to gain a stronger foothold in the Chinese market as well," Mitsuru Watanabe, Vice President of Anvis' parent company Sumitomo Riko, is happy to confirm. Anvis Wuxi supplies its vibration-control components primarily to West European automotive manufacturers. The aim is to use the extra capacity to also win Chinese manufacturers as customers too.

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A traditional lion dance, performed as part of the festivities to mark the reopening of the plant, symbolised the direction that Anvis Wuxi will take. Dances of this kind are a symbol for increased prosperity and future success. And the stage seems set for that to continue to be the case in China: the ever-growing middle class is constantly increasing the demand for more vehicles. This is one of the reasons why global automotive manufacturers are so keen to penetrate the Chinese market. However, to achieve success on the Chinese market and get Chinese consumers to accept you, production must be local.

Increased capacity

"By expanding our presence in the People's Republic, we are enlarging our global footprint. This will enable us to provide our existing customers with a global cost-effective supply structure," says Olaf Hahn, Anvis Group Managing Director. Zhu Xiuzhan, General Manager of Anvis Wuxi, is thrilled that the second development phase has been successfully completed: "This has enabled us to significantly increase capacity". The new administrative building, the storage facilities which have been constructed to meet international standards and a state-of-the-art assembly hall are the central features of this modernisation project.

Local policies have also had a positive effect on the development project.  In his speech, Navin Karwande paid special thanks to Hong Yanwei, Director of the Committee for Attracting the High-Tech Industry, and the local government for "their continued support". In addition to the long list of other guests of honour, the 420+ employees "who were responsible for the lion's share of the prompt and successful work to implement the modernisation project in Wuxi" were also there to celebrate the inauguration of the new plant on 31 October 2014.

About the Anvis Group

Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust suspensions and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.

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