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Honeywell increases Titanium Mill production to meet rising demand driven by Semiconductor Industry

Honeywell Specialty Materials : 11 July, 2006  (Company News)
Honeywell Electronic Materials today announced it has increased high-purity titanium mill production by 45 percent since the beginning of the year to meet rising semiconductor industry demand for the metal, which is used as a conductive material in integrated circuits.
Honeywell Electronic Materials produces titanium for its own production of physical vapor deposition targets used by chip fabricators and also sells titanium mill products to other semiconductor materials suppliers. A titanium mill product is titanium that has been purified to exact levels and formed into specific shapes and sizes. These serve as the raw materials for PVD target production.

“Our increase in titanium mill products reflects both the overall strength of the semiconductor industry and the quality of our materials,” said Dmitry Shashkov, general manager of Honeywell Electronic Materials’ metals segment. “Years of metallurgical experience and expertise allow us to produce high-purity titanium for the extreme specifications of this exacting industry.”

Honeywell also produces titanium sponge, the basic form of titanium. Last year the company increased titanium sponge production to meet titanium demand from other industries, including aerospace. Titanium is used in a wide variety of applications due to its high strength to weight ratio, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility. In semiconductor production, titanium is widely used as a “barrier metal” which is a very thin layer of metal that protects the miniature wires that carry electric signal through the chip from potentially harmful interactions with the insulating materials that surround them.

Honeywell has been producing titanium sponge and mill products since 1985 at its electrolytic refining facility in Fombell, Penn. At this site, titanium sponge is refined for electronic applications into high-purity crystal that is 99.999 percent pure with very low metallic impurity and gas levels. Honeywell began supply titanium mill products to other materials semiconductor suppliers in 2005.

Honeywell Electronic Materials is one of the top materials suppliers to the semiconductor industry. In addition to PVD targets, its metal segment produces coil sets, precious metal thermocouples and materials used during back-end packaging processes for thermal management and electrical interconnect. Honeywell Electronic Materials’ chemical segment supplies straight and customized electronic chemicals, spin-on dielectrics, and other advanced spin-on materials that enable the integration of cutting edge processes at customer sites. More information can be found at http://www.honeywell.com/em/

Honeywell International is a $30 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com.

This report contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intend, expect, project, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s assumptions and assessments in light of past experience and trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other relevant factors. They are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by our forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements are also subject to risks and uncertainties, which can affect our performance in both the near- and long-term. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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