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Friday 17 December, 2004

Brambles Industries

Directorate Change

Brambles Industries PLC
17 December 2004

Brambles Industries plc
Registered number: 4134697

17 December 2004

              Hans-Olaf Henkel appointed as Non-executive Director

Brambles today announced that Mr Hans-Olaf Henkel will join the Board as a
Non-executive Director, effective 1 January 2005.

Mr Henkel had a long and distinguished career with IBM, holding various
executive positions in Germany, the US and Asia, as well as at IBM's European
headquarters in Paris. He was appointed President of IBM Germany in January 1987
and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IBM Europe, Middle East and
Africa in 1993.

Mr Henkel, who is based in Germany, was President of the Federation of German
Industries from 1995 to 2000, and has been President of the Leibniz Association
since July 2001. He is currently a member of the Supervisory Boards of Bayer AG,
Continental AG, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG, SMS AG, Ringier AG and Orange SA.
He is Senator of the Helmholtz Association and the Max Planck Society, and a
member of Amnesty International.

In 1992, Mr Henkel received an Honorary Doctorate from the Technical University
of Dresden, in the same year he was declared 'Environmental Manager of the Year'
by the Worldwide Fund for Nature and received the 'Innovation Award of German
Industry' from the 'Wirtschaftswoche' Magazine.

Mr Henkel is the author of several best selling books and articles on business,
political issues and science. In 2002, he was awarded Germany's Cicero Prize
('Best speaker of the business world'), and in 2003 was awarded the
Ludwig-Erhard Prize for his publishing achievements on economic matters. Mr
Henkel is a regular lecturer as Professor of International Business Management
at the University of Mannheim.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr Don Argus, Chairman of Brambles, said: 'The
appointment of Hans-Olaf Henkel represents a further important step in the
Board's ongoing program of renewal, announced in November 2003, and follows the
appointment earlier this year of Jac Nasser and Stephen Johns to the Brambles
Board as Non-executive Directors. Through his distinguished career, Hans-Olaf
brings to Brambles a wealth of knowledge and experience. He will be a
particularly valuable contributor in relation to Brambles' European and
international businesses.'

             Brambles' global headquarters is in Sydney, Australia

For further information

Investor John Hobson                                        +61 (0) 2 9256 5216
Head of Investor Relations                         +61 (0) 414 239 188 (mobile)
Media David Besier                                          +61 (0) 2 9256 5204
Manager Corporate Communications                   +61 (0) 412 473 330 (mobile)

Investor Sue Scholes, Head of Investor Relations          +44 (0) 20 7659 6012
Media Richard Mountain, Financial Dynamics                +44 (0) 20 7269 7291

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