Wescast Industries Inc.

Wescast Industries Inc.

June 02, 2009 16:30 ET

Wescast Announces New Business Awards

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - Wescast Industries Inc. ("Wescast")(TSX:WCS.A) announced today that it has recently been awarded new business worth approximately $80 million in annualized revenues.

The new business includes contracts with major European and Japanese turbocharger manufacturers, new business to support Wescast's emerging stainless steel market segment, as well as incremental and replacement business globally to solidify Wescast's position as the leading cast exhaust manifold supplier in the world.

"These new business awards are a testament to our strategy to grow in new markets, both geographically and in new products and materials," said Ed Frackowiak, Wescast Chairman and CEO. "Our global footprint and ability to provide innovative solutions have allowed us to capitalize on new market opportunities, even in historically challenging times in the automotive industry. Wescast is well positioned for balanced growth as it continues to diversify its customer and product base."

About Wescast

Wescast Industries Inc. is the world's leading supplier of cast iron exhaust manifolds for passenger cars and light trucks. The Company designs, casts, machines and assembles iron exhaust system components for automotive original equipment manufacturers ("OEMs") and Tier 1 customers for the car and light truck markets in North America, Europe and Asia. The Company employs approximately 1,350 people in 7 production facilities and 5 sales and design centres in Canada, Hungary, the United States, Germany, Japan and China. The Company also has sales and technical design representation in the United Kingdom and France. The Company is recognized worldwide for its quality products, innovative design solutions and highly committed workforce.

Learn more at www.wescast.com.

Forward Looking Statements

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Contact Information

  • Wescast Industries Inc.
    Mr. Ed Frackowiak
    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
    (519) 750-0000