Definitive Agreement Signed for the Purchase of Wetzel Group

MATTHEWS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION SIGNS DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT FOR THE PURCHASE OF WETZEL GROUP

PITTSBURGH, PA, September 19, 2012 — Matthews International Corporation (NASDAQ GSM: MATW) today announced that the Company has signed a definitive agreement for the purchase of Wetzel Holding AG, Wetzel GmbH and certain related affiliates (collectively “Wetzel”).  Wetzel is a leading European provider of pre-press services and gravure printing forms.  Wetzel is headquartered in Muenchenstein/BL, Switzerland and has its principal manufacturing operations in Germany and Poland.  Its products and services are sold primarily within Europe.  The acquisition is designed to expand Matthews’ products and services in the global graphics imaging market.