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Deutsche Post is investing EUR 420 million in mail business

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- 385 new mail sorting machines by 2012
- Better quality for the customer as a result of the new machines
- Efficiency-boosting and environmentally-friendly technology

Deutsche Post has ordered a new generation of mail sorting machines from Siemens AG. By 2012, Siemens will supply a total of 288 sorting machines for standard letters (Standardbrief) and compact letters (Kompaktbrief), as well as up to 97 sorting systems for large letters (Großbrief) and maxi letters (Maxibrief). The investment volume amounts to EUR 420 million.

"This is the biggest investment in new mail technology since the construction of the mail sorting centers in the mid-nineties and thus represents a clear commitment to the future of mail" said Jürgen Gerdes, Deutsche Post DHL Board Member for MAIL. "We clearly stated as part of Strategy 2015, which we recently introduced, that mail will remain a strong pillar in Deutsche Post DHL and that we want to consolidate our strong position as Germany's mail service provider. This is a long-term investment in the quality and reliability of our mail service."

With this modernization, Deutsche Post is increasing the speed at which mail is processed because the number of sorting steps is reduced and the degree of automation is significantly increased. At the same time, customers can benefit from a higher quality and speed of delivery. This is because the new machines will sort mail more accurately and reliably by the recipient's address.

The new generation of machines is also environmentally-friendly thanks to state-of-the-art technology. Through this measure alone, Deutsche Post will reduce its annual CO2 emissions by almost 5 000 tons. The new machines also require 22 per cent less electricity. As part of its "GoGreen" climate protection program, Deutsche Post DHL has set itself the task of improving its CO2 efficiency by 10 per cent by 2012.

About Deutsche Postbank AG

Deutsche Post is Europe's largest mail services operator, market leader in the German mail and parcel market, and a global player in international mail delivery. With its powerful Deutsche Post brand, the company continues to enhance its status as "Die Post für Deutschland". The portfolio ranges from standardized products to tailored solutions for private and business customers in the areas of mail communication, dialogue marketing and parcel transport. Deutsche Post will continue to forge ever closer links between physical and electronic communications and in so doing strengthen its position as a onestop provider of secure, simple and reliable communications.

Deutsche Post is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 54 billion euros in 2008.

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