Press Release

May 30, 2008

Voltaix’s 2nd Germane Facility Enhances Global Leadership Position & Expands Capacity to 50+ Tons

North Branch, NJ - Voltaix®, LLC, a leading manufacturer of specialty materials for the semiconductor and photovoltaic industries, today announced expansion of its germane manufacturing capacity to meet growing demands in the solar and semiconductor industries. Voltaix’s continuous improvement efforts in the germane plant in its North Branch, NJ facility have increased throughput by more than 200%. In addition, Voltaix plans to complete the installation and commissioning of a second, previously constructed state-of-the-art skidmounted germane production plant. This new production plant, which will be operated at a new site, has a capacity that is approximately three times that of the current plant. The new plant is expected to be operating within 15 months. These capacity expansions will increase Voltaix germane manufacturing capacity to more than 50 tons per year.

Commenting on the announcement, Matt Stephens, Voltaix Chief Operating Officer, stated, “These expansions provide the capacity and production redundancy our current and future customers need to support growth of their germane-based manufacturing technologies. Germanium significantly improves thin film solar device efficiencies, enables strained silicon technologies for computer CPUs, and is central to newly emerging germanium channel and gate applications. We are committed to serving the market needs for germane through continuous improvement of our capacity, supply chain redundancy, and product quality.”

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Voltaix is recognized worldwide for manufacturing high purity specialty gases and chemicals that enhance the performance of electronic and photonic devices. Its products include germane, silicon tetrafluoride, trimethylsilane (3MS), and Silcore®. Voltaix deploys proprietary manufacturing technologies to provide highly consistent products tailored to increase manufacturing yields, throughput, and device performance. (Silcore® is a trademark of ASM International, N.V.)
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