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MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 3, 2002

Actuant Corporation (NYSE:ATU) announced today that Enerpac, a unit in its Tools and Supplies segment, has been awarded a contract to supply the hydraulic system for lifting and pushing the bridge spans and piers for the Viaduct of Millau in France.

The multi-span cabled-stayed viaduct, with a total height of 343 meters, is expected to be the highest viaduct in the world, and will form the final link in the A75 AutoRoute from Paris, France to Barcelona, Spain. Eiffel, a worldwide steel construction company and part of the Eiffage group, is responsible for the steel part of the project (i.e. the deck and the temporary piers), and awarded the contract to Enerpac. The project will begin in the summer of 2002, and will continue for the next several years. Other terms of the order were not disclosed.

Commenting on the project, Todd Hicks, President of Enerpac stated, "This project with Eiffel represents a significant achievement for Enerpac, and represents one of the largest projects Enerpac has ever been awarded. Similar to other large infrastructure projects that are the hallmark of Enerpac, we utilized our Construction Center of Excellence with its extensive field experience and knowledge in hydraulic systems for bridges to design a system for the complex Millau Viaduct. This program utilizes hundreds of high pressure hydraulic cylinders and pumps to push the deck spans in place, and a PC synchronized lifting system to lift the auxiliary piers."

Eiffage group is one of six major European construction and concession companies. With more than 500 subsidiaries around the world, Eiffage organizes its business around five main branches represented by Eiffage construction (building, earthworks and civil engineering), Appia (road construction), Forclum (electrical contracting), Eiffage Concessions (car parks, motorways) and Eiffel (steel construction).

Enerpac is the leading manufacturer of hydraulic tools and components for a variety of applications and markets worldwide. The company's products are designed to increase productivity while offering top quality, safety and total customer satisfaction.

Actuant, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a diversified industrial company with operations in 15 countries. The Actuant businesses are market leaders in highly engineered position and motion control systems and branded hydraulic and electrical tools. Products are offered under such established brand names as Enerpac, Gardner Bender, Milwaukee Cylinder, Nielsen Sessions, Power-Packer, and Power Gear.

For further information on Actuant and its business units, visit the Company's website at www.actuant.com.

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