BEIJING, Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Fushi Copperweld Inc., (the "Company") (Nasdaq: FSIN), the leading global manufacturer and innovator of copper-clad bimetallic wire used in a variety of telecommunication, utility, transportation and other electrical applications, today announced that it has received approval from the Commercial Court of Liege in Belgium for its previously announced agreement with the receivers of Leaf Business Holdings Belgium regarding the lease with an option to purchase a 45,000 square-meter copper tubing manufacturing and distribution center that establishes an operational hub for the Company in continental Europe. Fushi Copperweld will have an option to acquire all of the assets for EUR 5.75 million (approximately USD 7.8 million) during the lease period.
"We are pleased with the Commercial Court of Liege's decision today," said Joe Longever, co-Chief Executive Officer of Fushi Copperweld. "This announcement is an exciting and important step for our company as we continue to expand our operations across the EMEA region and drive the adoption of bimetallic wire across the markets we serve."
Fushi Copperweld will begin stocking the facility with bi-metallic wire for sale in continental Europe in the 2011 fourth quarter. In addition, the Company will restart the facility's tubing operations, slowly ramping up the production to an annual run rate of approximately 5,000 - 6,000 metric tons per year. The Company will also consider outfitting the facility with copper-clad production lines and ancillary finishing equipment.
"We welcome Fushi Copperweld to Belgium," said Philippe Suinen, head of the Wallonia Investment & Export Agency (AWEX). "We are very pleased to be partnering with an industry leader to drive economic growth and create new jobs. We look forward to partnering with Fushi Copperweld and wish them many years of success in Belgium and around the world."
The Walloon Region (Ministry of the Economy), the Federal Government (Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Social Affairs), the City of Liege, the Province of Liege and AWEX, the agency in charge of promoting foreign trade and attracting foreign investment for Belgium's Walloon region, have all contributed substantially in making the agreement possible.
About Fushi Copperweld
Fushi Copperweld Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Fushi International (Dalian) Bimetallic Cable Co. Ltd., and Copperweld Bimetallics LLC, is the leading manufacturer and innovator of copper-clad bimetallic engineered conductor products for electrical, telecommunications, transportation, utilities and industrial applications. With extensive design and production capabilities, and a long-standing dedication to customer service, Fushi Copperweld is the preferred choice for bimetallic products worldwide.
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For more information, please contact:
Nathan J. Anderson, VP/Corporate Development - Fushi Copperweld Inc.
Phone +1.931.433.0482 - E-mail: IR@fushicopperweld.com
Thomas Horton, Director of Global Marketing - Fushi Copperweld Inc.
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