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Ansell Healthcare Europe estimates price increase for medical gloves up to 20% due to latest cost impact for the entire industry




Brussels, July 18, 2008
- Earlier today, Ansell Professional Healthcare Europe, the medical gloves business of Ansell Healthcare, announced an overall price increase up to 20 % on all its medical gloves. Europe’s market leader in medical hand protection solutions announces this move following the latest evolutions in raw materials and energy costs which has impacted the entire industry.

In Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India – all countries which host Ansell manufacturing facilities, governments have announced that the increasing subsidy bill has become untenable and will be abandoned. This has, and will result in increases in energy ranging from 20% to 70%+. Other countries, like China and Thailand, may follow suit and reduce their energy subsidies as well.

Ansell like many other manufacturers has a critical need for energy and energy costs represent a significant part of the overall product cost. In addition, escalating oil costs are severely impacting shipping and distribution costs, as many as our products cross the Pacific Ocean.

Current aggressive cost increases are a direct consequence of surging energy and raw material costs, and are forcing all industry players to redo their calculations. With the raw materials needed for the production of medical gloves having doubled since 2005, and energy prices (Oil & Gas) hitting new record levels, it is impossible for Ansell to sustain the current selling prices in the market”, states Holger Fürstenberg, Marketing Director of Ansell Professional Healthcare EMEA.

Ansell confirms full commitment to its global mission to improve customer and patient safety by providing the proper hand protection solutions. The company remains committed to its position as the leading hand protection solution provider and to consistently supply the market with top quality products, without compromising the required level of protection we provide with our products and solutions.

About Ansell:
Ansell Limited is a global leader in barrier protective products. With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, Ansell employs more than 11,000 people worldwide and holds leading positions in the natural latex and synthetic polymer glove and condom markets. Ansell operates in three main business segments: Occupational Healthcare, supplying hand protection to the industrial market; Professional Healthcare, supplying surgical and examination gloves to healthcare professionals; and Consumer Healthcare, supplying condoms and consumer hand protection. Information on Ansell and its products can be found at http://www.ansell.eu

For more information, please contact:

Wouter Piepers,
Global Communications Director, Ansell Healthcare,
Tel: + 32(0)2 528 75 68, Cell. +32 (0) 478 33 56 32
e-mail: wpiepers@eu.ansell.com




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