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Thursday 02 March, 2006


Board Appointment

02 March 2006

                                                                    2 March 2006

                                        IMI plc

              IMI plc appoints further new non-executive director

IMI plc, the major international engineering solutions business, today announces
the appointment of Anita Frew as a non-executive director with immediate effect.
Ms Frew (48) is senior non-executive director at Victrex plc, the industrial
chemicals group and a non-executive director of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC,
Northumbrian Water Limited and Securities Trust of Scotland plc. She was
formerly an executive director of Abbott Mead Vickers PLC, the major marketing
services group and Director of Corporate Development at WPP Group plc. She will
be joining the audit, nominations and remuneration committees of IMI.

Commenting on this appointment Norman Askew, Chairman of IMI, said 'The
appointment of Anita Frew further strengthens the independent non-executive
presence at IMI, where her extensive business and plc board experience will be
of great benefit. We regard her strategic knowledge of retail and consumer goods
sectors as a particularly valuable addition to the Board'.

There are no further matters to be disclosed pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13.

Information about IMI plc can be found on the website:

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Note to editors:

IMI plc is an international engineering business specialising in innovative
solutions and services for a wide range of industrial and retail customers. Its
future growth is being built on the two business areas of Fluid Controls (Severe
Service, Fluid Power, Indoor Climate) and Retail Dispense (Beverage Dispense,
Merchandising Systems).

IMI's operations in these two business areas share the following core
characteristics: strong market positions in growing markets; the ability to be
clearly differentiated from their competitors through technological innovation
or after-sales service; and the provision of 'added value' through bespoke
solutions rather than a high manufacturing or material content.

IMI is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and is capitalised at approximately

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