RYMCOPIONEERING SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT

Rymco adopts a non-smoking policy within its premises, staff and visitors

Beirut, 16March, 2011- As part of its corporate social responsibility program,RasamnyYounis Motor Company (Rymco)announced full enforcement of a no-smoking policy starting the first of January 2011. The new policy, applied in allof Rymco’s offices, is paving the way to a safer and healthier lifestyle for its staff and visitors.

Rymco’s decision to become a smoke free institution stands for taking the environmental commitments seriously. “Though our contribution is considered minute in comparison to the issue of climate change and the health risk that are caused by smoking, we are confident that if more companies realize the influenceof simple measures such as this initiative has on reducing environmental harm, perhaps more of them will adopt such strategies,” said Fayez Rasamny, Chairman of Rymco.“We prohibited smoking in all of Rymco’s enclosed areas within the company worksites whiledesignatingfew areas for smoking” he added.

This is not the first initiative embraced by Rymco to expand theirenvironmental commitments. In 2009 Rymco was the first automotive dealer in Lebanon to go carbon neutral by signing an agreement with UK-listed EcoSecurities to audit and offset the Company’s direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases. Also in 2010 Rymco was a main supporter for a new environmental studythat aims tomonitor the air pollution caused by traffic conducted by the Atmospheric and Analytical Laboratory (AAL) at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

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About RYMCO:

Rasamny-Younis Motor Company S.A.L. (RYMCO) is a joint stock company that was established in 1957 in Lebanon and is the only automotive dealer to be listed on the Beirut Stock Exchange since 1998. RYMCO is one of the leading vehicle retail dealerships in Lebanon where it holds majority market share in the new vehicle retail industry, and commands a considerable portion of the used vehicle market. RYMCO operates a chain of independent showrooms and stores, a bonded warehouse as well as state-of-the-art servicing and maintenance facilities. The company has an automotive dealership arrangement with auto manufacturers in the US, Japan, Europe and China that include the likes of automotive giants Nissan Motors (Nissan, Infiniti), GM vehicles (GMC), Renault trucks, UD Trucks, and Kawasaki under the Leisure division. RYMCO marine is another unit within the RYMCO operations specialized in the servicing of boats under the brand name of RYMCO Marine.

In 2009, RYMCO UK was granted the right to distribute the Infiniti brand of cars in London. It will cover distribution for the area through three SSS IREDI facilities in Reading, Chiswick and Hatfield; along with a boutique in the centre of London in Piccadilly.

RYMCO SAL holds also the majority of the shareholding of free zone companies in Syria which main activity is the importation of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles and the storage of these vehicles in the free zone areas, for the purpose of reselling them to the Syrian market (mainly to a  Syrian company owning the exclusive distribution for Nissan cars in Syria.)

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