deSter Invests in 'Green' Machine

By Gategroup, PRNE
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

gategroup Brand Will Use Recycled Plastic to Make Onboard Service Equipment

HOOGSTRATEN, Belgium, May 19, 2010 - deSter, a member of gategroup and the world's leading supplier of onboard
service equipment to airlines and railroads, today announced that it will
invest in state-of-the-art equipment capable of using recycled plastic to
create food contact items to meet growing demand in its core business.

The investment in a new plastic extrusion machine at its Hoogstraten
manufacturing facility will enhance deSter's position as an innovator and
one-stop-shop supplier committed to providing "green" solutions to its
customers. Extrusion is the process used to form plastic sheets from small
plastic granules. These various sheets are then formed into a wide assortment
of lightweight onboard service products such as tray set-ups, hot meal
service equipment and contemporary food boxes.

The decision to acquire the new machinery was taken after labor unions
representing hourly and management employees reached a partnership agreement
with the company to justify the long-term investment and keep the facility
cost competitive.

"We are very excited and proud to be bringing this modern equipment to
Hoogstraten, where deSter has built a global reputation for quality,
cutting-edge products," said Blaine Blanchard, deSter CEO.

"We salute our employee groups for their forward-thinking commitment to
maintain deSter as the industry's benchmark for creative and technical
innovation, quality and reliability at a competitive total cost. This
partnership agreement and the new extruder is a quadruple-win — for our
employees, the company, our customers and the environment," said gategroup
CEO Guy Dubois.

About gategroup:

gategroup is the leading independent global provider of onboard services
to companies that serve people on the move. gategroup comprises 11 member
companies, which are deSter, eGate Solutions, Elan, Gate Aviation, Gate
Gourmet, Gate Safe, Harmony, Performa, potmstudios, Pourshins and Supplair.

Shares of Zurich-based gategroup are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange
under the symbol GATE. Please visit

John Bronson, gategroup Corporate Communications, +41-43-812-2048, jbronson at

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