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Dow Corning and Air Products Enter Long-Term Silane Supply Agreement

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Dow Corning and Air Products Enter Long-Term Silane Supply Agreement13:15 EST Thursday, December 08, 2011 MIDLAND, Mich. (Business Wire) -- Dow Corning, a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, and Air Products (NYSE:APD) entered into a long-term supply agreement for electronic-grade silane, a material used for manufacturing of flat panel displays, semiconductors and photovoltaic cells. This provides Air Products access to significant silane volume to meet the present and future needs of its global customers as well as the future growth of the electronics and solar industry. “Dow Corning and Air Products combine the strength of a silicon manufacturing leader with the expertise and infrastructure capabilities of a global gas distributor to the electronics industry,” according to Jim Helwick, vice president, Dow Corning Electronics Solutions. “Air Products, with its commitment to the long term supply of ultra-high purity silane, is a great channel partner for Dow Corning,” Jim added. “This agreement further demonstrates Air Products commitment to our silane customers around the world as well as the global electronics industry,” said Wayne Mitchell, vice president of Electronics, Air Products. “With over 20 years of experience supplying silane around the world, Air Products is an industry safety leader, providing extensive training to customers in the handling and storage of silane. We believe that Air Products will provide the electronic markets with a high quality, reliable and safe solution for their long-term silane requirements.” “With our silane capacity fully dedicated to the merchant market under a global distributor channel-to-market business model, Dow Corning is offering a cost competitive and reliable first or second source of silane,” said Eric Peeters, vice president, Dow Corning Solar Solutions. “The plant's consistent purity and our track record of quality in silicon-based products make silane from Dow Corning a switch customers can make with confidence.” Dow Corning has been producing electronic-grade silane since March 2011 in a newly constructed, state-of-the-art, fully vertically integrated plant in Thomas Township, Michigan, USA, adjacent to the polysilicon manufacturing plant of Hemlock Semiconductor Group, of which Dow Corning is majority shareholder. Dow Corning's silane plant, recently ISO-9001:2000 certified with zero non-conformities and zero opportunities for improvement, has a world-leading capacity of 4,000 metric tons per year, producing silane at the same or even higher level of purity currently offered in the market. About Dow Corning Dow Corning ( provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company's Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning's annual sales are outside the United States. 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. In fiscal 2011, Air Products had revenues of $10.1 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 18,900 employees around the globe. For more information, visit Mirella KimpenDow Corning Electronics Solutions+32 (0)64 88 8413Mirella.Kimpen@dowcorning.comSuyeon LeeDow Corning Solar Solutions+82 (0)2