09/03/04

Dr. Reinhold Würth Decorated with the French Medal

"Knight of the Legion of Honour"

Künzelsau. At a celebration in the Alma Würth Hall at the headquarters of the Würth Group in Künzelsau/Gaisbach on the evening of Tuesday 9th March 2004, Professor Reinhold Würth Chairman of the Group Advisory Board was honoured with the French medal "Knight of the Legion of Honour." The decoration was performed by France's Consul General in Stuttgart Dr. Henri Reynaud, in the presence of numerous dignitaries, including Christoph Palmer, head of the State Ministry for Baden-Württemberg and Minister for European Affairs.

"Professor Würth has dedicated himself to an extraordinary degree to the promotion of Franco-German cultural relations. We are here today to honour his continuous efforts in this field with this distinguished French award," stated General Consul Dr. Henri Reynaud in his eulogy.

By bestowing the award, France wishes to honour Reinhold Würth as an impassioned businessman deeply inspired by humanist principles, who always endeavours to make people the focal point of his activities and to reconcile the twin precepts of culture and economics. In this way he wishes to imbue life with a more profound meaning.

The French Cultural Institutes in Baden-Württemberg particularly the Franco-German Cultural Institute in Karlsruhe also lent their congratulations as a way of expressing their thankfulness and appreciation to Reinhold Würth for his generous support.

Admission into the French "Legion of Honour" is the oldest and most prestigious distinction in France. The award was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. It may also be presented to non-natives in recognition of outstanding services provided. Past recipients of the award have included Charles Aznavour, Hardy Krüger, Federal President Johannes Rau, former Foreign Affairs Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and chairman of the board of management at Daimler Chrysler Jürgen Schrempp. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was also admitted as a member of this Legion of Honour.