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KONE and GDF SUEZ sign three-year European-wide partnership contract

Press Release Published 02/04/2009

KONE and GDF SUEZ Energy Services have signed a three-year elevator maintenance partnership contract. The contract defines KONE as one of the preferred suppliers of elevator maintenance for GDF SUEZ’s European facilities.

GDF SUEZ is one of the largest facility managers in Europe and manages over a thousand facilities. The countries covered by the three-year contract are France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

“We are very pleased to have been chosen as one of GDF SUEZ’s partners as this is a great display of confidence in our company from one of the world’s largest facility management groups,” says Peter de Neef, KONE EVP and Director of Service Business. “GDF SUEZ has taken into account our aligned global processes, efficient global tools and our global network of experts. It is clear that those strengths are key factors to succeed in implementing this new agreement.”

As the European leader in multitechnical services, GDF SUEZ Energy Services offers global solutions to its customers in the industry, the infrastructure and the tertiary sectors, from the design, realization and maintenance of installations to energy and utilities management and long-term multitechnical management. GDF SUEZ Energy Services employs 80,000 people and generates revenues of EUR 14 billion. GDF SUEZ Energy Services is one of the six business lines of GDF SUEZ.

About KONE

KONE’s objective is to offer the best people flow experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. KONE provides its customers with industry-leading elevators, escalators and innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance, and is one of the global leaders in its industry. In 2008, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 4.6 billion and over 34,800 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland.

www.kone.com

For further information, please contact:
Anne Korkiakoski, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Communications, tel. +358 (0)50 674 11