Press Release

June 17, 2005

Voltaix Initiates Lean Manufacturing to Improve Customer Satisfaction, Throughput, and Productivity

North Branch, NJ - Voltaix, a leading manufacturer of chemicals and gases for the semiconductor and photovoltaics industries, today announced that Voltaix employees have received Lean Manufacturing Training from New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP).

“This training provides our employees with a tool kit that will help our continuous improvement teams improve quality and reduce lead times. To our customers, this means improved responsiveness,” commented Matthew D. Stephens, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer. “Further, lean manufacturing techniques lead to streamlined processes that are safer to operate.”

Lean manufacturing training supports Voltaix ongoing initiatives toward Improving Semiconductor PerformanceT. Earlier in the year, fifteen Voltaix employees received Six Sigma greenbelts.

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, trimethyl silane (3MS), and SilcoreŽ. Voltaix deploys proprietary manufacturing technologies to provide highly consistent products tailored to increase manufacturing yields, throughput, and device performance. (SilcoreŽ is a trademark of ASM International, N.V.)

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