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DuPont Microcircuit Materials Doubles Manufacturing Capacity for DuPont™ Solamet® Metallization Pastes

Photovoltaic Solar Energy Growth Continues to Drive Demand

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BRISTOL, U.K., February 25, 2009 - DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM), part of DuPont Electronic Technologies, has announced it recently doubled production capacity and made key quality improvements at its European Electronic Materials Manufacturing Facility in Bristol, U.K.  Driven by anticipated long-term growth in the photovoltaic (PV) solar energy industry, DuPont MCM predicts a significant increase in demand for DuPont™ Solamet® thick film metallization pastes, and expects that this demand will multiply over the next five years.

“DuPont™ Solamet® thick film metallization pastes enable solar cell manufacturers to significantly reduce their cost per watt by achieving higher cell efficiencies, higher production yields and more efficient use of materials,” said Craig Oliver -- European business manager, DuPont Microcircuit Materials. "We undertook this expansion project to support the fast-growing photovoltaic market in Europe and the increasing portfolio of Solamet® products jointly developed by MCM research facilities worldwide, including our newest Solamet® PV159 front side conductor. We expect the growth trend to continue in PV, enabled by Solamet® and other materials from DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions (DPVS)."

In addition to the increased production capacity for Solamet® and other MCM thick film materials, which are used in a wide variety of electronic applications and destined primarily for customers in Europe, the expansion project includes the enhancement of all clean room facilities to meet the continually improving quality requirements of DuPont MCM customers.

"This state-of-the-art manufacturing facility enables DuPont to meet and exceed customer expectations for high quality and consistency," Oliver said.

DuPont™ Solamet® is part of a broad and growing portfolio of products represented by DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, which connects science and technology from across the company on a global scale to help support the dramatic growth in the photovoltaic industry. To learn more, please visit http://photovoltaics.dupont.com.

DuPont Microcircuit Materials has over 40 years of experience in the development, manufacture, sale, and support of specialised thick film compositions for a wide variety of electronic applications in the automotive, display, photovoltaic, biomedical, industrial, military, and telecommunications markets. For more information on DuPont Microcircuit Materials, please visit http://mcm.dupont.com. Microcircuit Materials is part of DuPont Electronic Technologies, a leading supplier of electronic materials, including materials for the fabrication and packaging of semiconductors, materials for hybrid, rigid and flexible circuits, and materials for advanced displays.

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Photo: DuPont™ Solamet® thick film metallization paste
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Caption: DuPont™ Solamet® thick film metallization pastes boost the efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells.



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