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Omnia Acquires International Electronic Detonator Business

Release Date: 26/03/2003 09:00:01      Code(s): OMN
OMNIA HOLDINGS LIMITED                                                          
PRESS RELEASE                                                                   
Specialist chemical services Group Omnia today announced that its explosives    
business, Bulk Mining Explosives (BME), had acquired the assets and technology  
of an international detonator company Delta Caps International (DCI) for R15m,  
plus performance related payments spread over five years. BME is the leading    
supplier of explosives to the South African open cast mining and quarrying      
BME started manufacturing an Electronic Delay Detonator (EDD), the Deltadet     
system, in July 2002. The acquisition now gives BME control over the state-of-  
the-art electronic detonator technology developed by DCI and will be used to    
further develop BME"s range of differentiated blasting products.                
Omnia has acquired the highly advanced technology with significant commercial   
value at a very competitive price, while also saving an estimated five years of 
proprietary development.                                                        
The new system will improve blast fragmentation through precision timing, lower 
downstream operational costs and result in significant savings in drilling and  
blasting, while also reducing the risks associated with blasting.               
The Deltadet system will be integrated into BME"s product range and extensive   
training and support will be provided to customers.                             
DCI"s international operations in Europe and in North and South America will    
continue, with manufacturing being undertaken in South Africa. The unique       
microchip that controls the system will continue to be manufactured in the      
United Kingdom. DCI"s 15 employees will now be employed by Delta Caps           
Initiators, Omnia"s new subsidiary based in Nice, France.                       
26 March 2003                                                                   

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