Southern Manufacturing

PolyOne and Noveon Create Alliance

16 February 2003

PolyOne and Noveon have created an alliance to develop and distribute a line of Electrostatic Dissipative (ESD) compounds for the electronics industry.

The alliance creates a complementary product line that includes Stat- Rite(R) IDP alloys and Stat-Tech(TM) electrically conductive compounds, compounds for injection molding and sheet for thermoforming, as well as a broad ESD technology base including carbon powder, carbon fiber, stainless steel fiber, carbon nanotubes and IDP alloys. Further, the Noveon-PolyOne alliance provides electronics manufacturers with more manufacturing flexibility, enhanced worldwide customer service, increased efficiencies and a renewed focus on developing new products for ESD applications. The companies plan to coordinate research and development efforts to expand ESD applications and develop more innovative ESD compounds.

""This agreement supports PolyOne's continuing commitment to invest in and strengthen its ESD compounds,"" said Dario Cardenas, market development manager for PolyOne. ""On a broader scale, it illustrates our intent to bring to our customers new and improved technologies that help them solve problems, reduce their costs and grow.""

""By working together, Noveon and PolyOne will be able to supply the electronics industry with the broadest range of static control products,"" said Neil Hardwick, marketing manager for Noveon Static Control. ""Whether thermoforming sheets or injection molding of parts, our customers should turn to us first for all OF their ESD material needs.""

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