WACKER is preparing for a global downturn in 2009. Despite this, we see good growth opportunities at WACKER POLYSILICON, even in 2009. The same applies to WACKER FINE CHEMICALS. The business trend at our three other divisions will be more difficult. We anticipate that sales and EBITDA will be below the prior-year figures. Due to the continually changing situation, it is very difficult to make an exact forecast here. Regardless of this fact, we are pressing ahead with our strategic growth projects. From today’s viewpoint, we expect the global economy to resume its growth course in 2010.
This forecast takes account of all events known during our balance-sheet preparations that could influence our business development in 2009 and thereafter.