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Wednesday 05 September, 2007

Nissan Europe

Nissan to Acquire Sweden's Atlet





GOTHENBURG, Sweden, September 5 /PRNewswire/ --     Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., 
today concluded an agreement, through its
subsidiary, Nissan Forklift Europe B.V., with the shareholders of Atlet AB to
acquire a 100% stake in the Swedish warehouse equipment manufacturer.



    "Atlet is the ideal partner for us to reinforce our position as a major
player in the global material handling market thanks to their high quality
products, which complement our existing product line-up," said Toshio Aoki,
corporate vice president of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., in charge of the
Industrial Machinery Division.



    "Nissan Forklift is a natural fit for us. Not only will we have the
opportunity to strengthen our product range under our existing brand name,
but we will also be able to expand into new markets," said Marianne Brismar,
CEO of Atlet AB.



    Atlet was founded 49 years ago by Knut Jacobsson and until now has been
owned by the family. "With no natural family succession, we wanted to find an
industrial partner to allow us long-term development and to further
strengthen the Atlet brand", said Jacobsson. "We welcome this. It is an
industrial solution. It opens great potential for an exciting and rewarding
future for our employees."



    Nissan Forklift's key markets include Europe, USA, Japan and other global
markets. Nissan Forklift's main products are engine and battery powered
counterbalanced forklifts. Atlet has a strong presence in Europe, its main
market, and is also experiencing growth in emerging markets.



    The agreement will allow both companies to benefit from the exchange of
technology and manufacturing know-how. In addition, joint purchasing
opportunities are expected to improve cost competitiveness.



    Combined, the companies produce more than 36,500 units worldwide a year
with an annual turnover of 858 million euros. Both brands and sales networks
will be operated separately in the market.



    Today's agreement evolves from an existing relationship between the two
companies which began in 2002 with an OEM agreement for Atlet to manufacture
warehouse equipment for Nissan Forklift for selected markets across Europe.



    Following the completion of the acquisition process, Nissan will appoint
a new CEO at Atlet. Marianne Brismar, the current CEO, will remain as a
special advisor to Atlet.



    The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of 2007 pending
approval by the EU Commission.



Note to editors:

    Nissan Forklift Europe B.V. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and is part of Nissan Motor's industrial machinery
division. Nissan Motor's Industrial Machinery Division produces material
handling products and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.



    
    Outline of Nissan Motor's Industrial Machinery Division

    Headquarters:                  Tokyo, Japan

    Start of forklift production:  1957

    Production facilities:         Japan, USA and Spain

    Sales:                         EUR 676mil

    Production:                    30,000 units

    Number of Employees:           Approx. 1,400 (including subsidiaries)





Outline of ATLET AB

    Atlet was founded 49 years ago by Knut Jacobsson and since then, this
family-owned business has provided new and innovative solutions for the
internal material handling market.



    
    Headquarters:         Mölnlycke, Sweden

    Operations:           Development, manufacturing and sales of
                          warehouse material handling equipment

    Start of production:  1958

    Sales:                SEK 1,685.8 million /EUR 182mil

    Production:           6,500 units

    Number of Employees:  Approx 1,000 (including subsidiaries)





    
    Contact information:

    Penny Szczepaniak
    Nissan Europe
    Tel: +33-1-30-13-57-87
    htt://www.nissan-nfe.com

    Marianne Brismar
    Tel: +46-705-984124
    http://www.atlet.com


                                                                                                     

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