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HSINCHU, Taiwan, September 29, 2009

DA NANOMATERIALS ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF ASIA HEADQUARTERS AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER IN TAIWAN

  Contact: Dan Turner
DuPont
302-774-0081
daniel.a.turner@usa.dupont.com  
Robert Brown
Air Products
610-481-1192
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DuPont Air Products NanoMaterials L.L.C. [DA NanoMaterials], a 50/50 joint venture of DuPont and Air Products, and a leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) slurries to the semiconductor fabrication industry, today announced the opening of its new Asia Headquarters in Jhudong Township, Taiwan, just outside Hsinchu Science Park.  As part of the new Asia Headquarters, DA NanoMaterials has also built a new, state-of-the-art 300mm-capable Advanced Technology Center (ATEC). 

“We made the decision to base our Asia Headquarters and Advanced Technology Center in Taiwan,due to our desire to be closer to our customers in the region,” said Ed Shober, chief executive officer of DA NanoMaterials.  “Despite the current difficult economic environment, we view Asia, and especially Taiwan, as strong growth markets for CMP slurries. We wish to better position DA NanoMaterials for closer collaboration with our Asian customers, so we are very pleased to be making this significant investment in Taiwan.”

The ATEC, which is now operational, is a Hsinchu-based 300mm-capable laboratory and technical center which is dedicated to developing and optimizing advanced CMP processes and consumable sets, and providing timely technical support to customers. This facility houses a state-of-the-art laboratory featuring 300mm CMP and defect metrology equipment, as well as an advanced chemical formulation laboratory to support product development and optimization.

“For a long time, CMP slurry users have sought increased technical support to help them reduce costs,” said Dr. Saifi Usmani, vice president of Marketing, Business Development and Technology of DA NanoMaterials.  “With its advanced capabilities, we believe ATEC will become the first choice for technical support of CMP slurries in the Asia region.  DA NanoMaterials is continuously evaluating ways to meet its customers’ needs better and faster as we look to the future, and this new facility is specifically designed to add value for them.”

DA NanoMaterials continues to provide truly innovative products that deliver superior performance reliably with reduced total cost of ownership.

DA NanoMaterials markets its CMP slurries under the CoppeReady®, MicroPlanar®, Syton® and Mazin™ trademarks. 

CoppeReady®, MicroPlanar®, Syton® and Mazin™ are trademarks or registered trademarks of DA NanoMaterials.

About DA NanoMaterials
Established in 2000, DA NanoMaterials L.L.C. is a 50:50 joint venture between DuPont [Electronic Technologies] and Air Products. Headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., with regional headquarters in Hsinchu County Taiwan, the company operates state-of-the-art applications and formulation laboratories in Tempe, Ariz., and Taiwan. It manufactures products in Asia, Europe and North America to service the global semiconductor and wafer polishing markets. Additional information on the company can be obtained from its website – www.nanoslurry.com.  

About Air Products
Air Products [NYSE:APD] serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment.  Air Products had fiscal 2008 revenues of $10.4 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 21,000 employees around the globe.  For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.

About DuPont
DuPont Electronic Technologies is 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. For more information, please visit www.electronics.dupont.com.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

Photo: A high resolution image of the DA NanoMaterials Technical Center is available at:
http://www2.dupont.com/Semi_Fabrication/en_US/assets/images/gallery/DANM_TaiwanLab.jpg 

Caption: DA NanoMaterials has opened a state-of-the-art technical center in Taiwan, featuring 300mm CMP and defect metrology equipment, and an advanced chemical formulation laboratory.