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THE WEST COMPANY ANNOUNCES JOINT VENTURE DISCUSSIONS FOR GLASS BUSINESS

THE WEST COMPANY ANNOUNCES JOINT VENTURE DISCUSSIONS FOR GLASS BUSINESS
 PHOENIXVILLE, Pa., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The West Company, Incorporated (NYSE: WST) confirmed today that it is engaged in discussions relating to a possible joint venture with the German-based Schott Group.
 These discussions involve West's pharmaceutical glass business. Any agreement that may result will be subject to the approval of the boards of directors of both companies.
 William G. Little, president and chief executive officer, stated, "The joint venture now under discussion is consistent with our recent announcement that West is considering strategic alliances. It also clearly demonstrates our continuing commitment to the pharmaceutical glass business."
 The Schott Group is a worldwide, leading manufacturer of special glass and glass-ceramic products, advanced technological components, surface-treated flat glass, scientific equipment and electronic instruments.
 The West Company, Incorporated is the premier supplier of specialized packaging systems and components for the worldwide pharmaceutical and hospital supply/medical device industries and the domestic consumer products industry, with more than 85 percent of its revenue generated by the health care markets. West's products include stoppers, closures, containers, medical device components and assemblies made from elastomers, metal, plastic, glass and combinations thereof, plus related packaging machinery.
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 /CONTACT: Stephen M. Heumann, corporate treasurer of The West Company, 215-935-4640/
 (WST) CO: The West Company, Incorporated; Schott Group ST: Pennsylvania IN: MAC SU: JVN


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