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Vishay Systems to Install Five Custom-Designed Reel Optimizing Systems in Russian Pulp and Paper Mill to Improve Production

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Press release date: January 5, 2007

MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA January 5, 2007 Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE:VSH) announces that its Vishay Systems division recently sold five Reel Optimizing Systems (ROS) to Kondopoga Pulp and Paper Mill (CSC Kondopoga), the largest Russian producer and exporter of newsprint. CSC Kondopoga is located in the Karelian Republic in the northwestern part of the Russian Federation. Reel Optimizing Systems use strain gage-based load cells and transducer-based measurement and control technology to improve productivity at paper manufacturing plants. Vishay is the major producer of strain gages and strain gage-based load cells, as well as systems based on strain gage technology. The Vishay Systems office in Sweden will install five of the custom-designed Vishay Nobel Reel Optimizing Systems in the Kondopoga facility, with completion expected by May 2007.

The Reel Optimizing Systems will help CSC Kondopoga to improve paper density, remove wrinkles, and reduce web breaks in the production of high-quality newsprint. Each Reel Optimizing System provides online measurement and control, on each side of the machine, of all force and movement. This method eliminates all problems caused by friction, non-parallelism, and general wear and tear. Automatic weighing and dead weight are carried out to compensate for different weights when changing reel spools in the primary arms. Each system controls the nip force during shifting phases and correct for angle changes when lowering reels. Parallelism, acceleration, and speed are all controlled during the lowering process. This process minimizes pope speed and any variations in web tension. When shifting, the forces between the primary and secondary arms are added to ensure that the required linear force is maintained.

Reel Optimizing System measurement data is presented online as current data. The systems optimizing logger stores the data for later analysis in servicing as well as quality and product research. Lists of set values for different qualities can be pre-programmed and even adjusted within selected areas by an operator. Paper thickness and density are calculated by measuring the revolutions of the pope roller and the reel spool. At the same time, very accurate measurement of length and diameter are also recorded.

Total production capacity of the CSC Kondopoga mill has been projected to be as high as 700,000 tons per year. Currently, approximately 75 percent of CSC Kondopogas output is exported to Asia and Europe. Key Russian customers include several prominent publishing companies.

About Vishay Measurements Group

Vishay Systems is a division of Vishay Measurements Group. Vishay Measurements Group develops, manufactures, and markets components, instruments, and systems for a wide variety of test and measurement applications. Vishay strain gage products include electrical resistance strain gages for both stress analysis testing and transducer manufacturing applications, as well as strain gage instrumentation. Vishay PhotoStress® coatings and instruments use a unique optical process to detect stress and other physical forces. Vishay transducer products include load cells, force transducers, and instruments. Vishay also manufactures, installs, and services systems for weighing and force measurement and control. These include systems with transducers and instruments to control process weighing in food, chemical, and pharmaceutical plants; force measurement systems to control web tension in paper mills, roller force in steel mills, and cable tension in winch controls; on-board weighing systems that are installed in logging and waste-handling trucks; and special scale systems for aircraft weighing and portable truck weighing. Vishay Measurements Group is part of Vishay Intertechnology.

About Vishay

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., a Fortune 1,000 Company listed on the NYSE (VSH), is one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors (diodes, rectifiers, transistors, and optoelectronics and selected ICs) and passive electronic components (resistors, capacitors, inductors, sensors, and transducers). These components are used in virtually all types of electronic devices and equipment, in the industrial, computing, automotive, consumer, telecommunications, military, aerospace, and medical markets. Its product innovations, successful acquisition strategy, and ability to provide "one-stop shop" service have made Vishay a global industry leader. Vishay can be found on the Internet at

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