07/19/2007, Düsseldorf, Germany/Los Angeles, Calif.

 
 
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Platinum for Henkel’s 2006 Annual Report

Henkel garners awards in US communications competition

At this year’s LACP print, video and web communications competition, Henkel garnered two 2006 Vision Awards. Taking first place in the “Household & Personal” category, the Henkel Annual Report received a platinum award, placing the company ahead of names such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark und Unilever. And in the special “Best Report Cover” rankings, the publication took silver.

Around 2,500 entries from 21 countries were submitted and assessed. The jury of international communication experts gave the Henkel Annual Report a score of 97 out of a possible 100 points.  Aside from the presentation of the financial information and clarity of the core messages, narrative readability, information accessibility and first impression also count as important evaluation criteria applied by the LACP, as do design creativity and layout. With this result, Henkel also took 28th place among the “Top 100 Annual Reports of 2006”.

“This award provides proof positive that Henkel communicates with its shareholders at the highest level of excellence. And we intend to make sure that the quality of our Annual Report continues to be worthy of such recognition,” commented Ernst Primosch, Corporate Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications at Henkel.

The LACP Vision Award is a renowned accolade in international financial reporting. The full 2006 results can be found at www.lacp.com.

For more than 130 years, Henkel has been a leader with brands and technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful.  Henkel operates in three business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesives Technologies - and ranks among the Fortune Global 500 companies. In fiscal 2006, Henkel generated sales of 12.740 billion euros and operating profit of 1,298 million euros. Our 52,000 employees worldwide are dedicated to fulfilling our corporate claim, "A Brand like a Friend," and ensuring that people in more than 125 countries can trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.