EANS-News: Wienerberger North America relies on a sustainable, regional product portfolio CNE

12/9/2021, 11:30 AM (Source: euro adhoc)
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Strategic Management Decisions/Company Information

Vienna -

* New brand strategy supports local value added at regional production sites
* With its smart and sustainable solutions for the entire building envelope,
  Wienerberger positions itself as a full-range provider in North America
* Regional production helps to reduce the company's carbon footprint

The acquisition of Meridian Brick in North America is yet another step in
Wienerberger's consistent pursuit of its own growth strategy focused on
innovation and sustainability. With its pioneering product offer and a steadily
growing portfolio, Wienerberger will be able to serve customers in the USA and
Canada as a full-range provider of facade and building envelope solutions. To
this end, the company relies on a sustainable, regional brand strategy which, at
the same time, generates local value added at Wienerberger's production sites in
North America.

Together with General Shale, the Group's North American subsidiary, Wienerberger
is introducing three new brands (Canada Brick, Michigan Brick, and Red River
Brick), which will replace the production and distribution sites formerly
operated by Meridian Brick in the USA and Canada. Moreover, the company is
transferring well-established and highly reputed General Shale brands to former
Meridian Brick sites, which are to enlarge its portfolio in the north-eastern,
mid-Atlantic, and southern regions of the USA. These brands include Watsontown
Brick, General Shale Brick, and Columbus Brick.

Wienerberger will thus be in a position to provide all-in solutions for the
entire building envelope at all its sites not only for the residential
construction market, but also for the commercial sector and for renovation. With
its innovative product portfolio and the regional brands available at its
production sites, Wienerberger is able to offer its customers new solutions
locally, which also helps to ensure sustainable and cost-efficient transport
distances in North America.

As Heimo Scheuch, Chairman of the Managing Board of AG, points out, "Our new
brand strategy in North America is based on innovative products, engineering
know-how, and integrated, partnership-based distribution models across the
country, combined with the powerful commercial platform and the system solution
competency of General Shale. It offers our customers even more comprehensive
all-in solutions for new build and renovation."

Within the framework of its focus on sustainability, innovative solutions, and
digital business models, Wienerberger is positioning itself as a worldwide
provider of smart solutions for resource-efficient building construction and
renovation. In pursuing this development, the Group's overall objective is to
operate in close proximity to its customers in order to offer them complete
system solutions and, at the same time, support regional production sites
capable of providing such services on site, which in turn contributes
significantly to the reduction of the company's carbon footprint.

As the innovation leader of the building materials industry, Wienerberger's new
brand strategy is a combination of old and new concepts. By establishing local
brands, the company is strengthening its regional ties and deepening its
customers' familiarity with the historical brands of the respective regions. At
the same time, customers now have access to smart building material and
infrastructure solutions for new build, renovation and infrastructure at all
sites.

Zwtl.: Wienerberger Group

The Wienerberger Group is a leading international provider of smart solutions
for the entire building envelope and for infrastructure. Wienerberger is the
world's largest producer of bricks (Porotherm, Terca) and the market leader in
clay roof tiles (Koramic, Tondach) in Europe as well as concrete pavers
(Semmelrock) in Eastern Europe. In pipe systems (Steinzeug-Keramo ceramic pipes
and Pipelife plastic pipes), the company is one of the leading suppliers in
Europe. With its total of 197 production sites, the Wienerberger Group generated
revenues of EUR 3.4 billion and EBITDA LFL of EUR 566 million in 2020.

Further inquiry note:
Claudia Hajdinyak, Head of Corporate Communications Wienerberger AG
t +43 664 828 31 83 | claudia.hajdinyak@wienerberger.com

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issuer:       Wienerberger AG
              Wienerbergerplatz 1
              A-1100 Wien
phone:        +43 1 60 192-0
FAX:          +43 1 60 192-10159
mail:         office@wienerberger.com
WWW:          www.wienerberger.com
ISIN:         AT0000831706, AT0000A2GLA0
indexes:      ATX
stockmarkets: Wien
language:     English

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