CeramTec North America Announces New 3C Product Line

Laurens, SC - 14:00 (EST) -CeramTec North America Corporation (CTNA), a major supplier of Advanced Technical Ceramics and leader in Hermetic products, announced the startup of production of its new 3C product line. CeramTec initiated a strategic contract with a US based Company to supply technical ceramics for manufacturing petrochemical derivatives.

Dr. Ulf-D Zimmermann, Chairman of CeramTec AG, joined CeramTec's President, Patrick McPoland, in making this announcement during the commencement celebration at the South Carolina facility.

The multimillion dollar manufacturing agreement covers a period of ten years with the possibility of future extensions. The initial phase, known as the 3-C project, began with ground breaking construction in September 2008. The product line was finished one year later with qualification samples being delivered in September 2009. The 3C product line is a Technology Transfer and scale up of an existing production line in Marktredwitz, Germany. As a result of this expansion, CeramTec anticipates an increase in employment by 20-30 positions over the next two years.

"This is a significant business venture for CTNA, underscoring our commitment to growth and continuous drive for customer satisfaction and business diversification. The added sales will solidify an already expanding ceramic business for the Laurens facility. Additional resources will be added in the coming months to fulfill the new requirements," commented Patrick McPoland, President of CTNA.

CeramTec (www2.ceramtec.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of CeramTec AG and a leading manufacturer of high-tech, custom-engineered ceramic solutions, including hermetic components with the Ceramaseal® trademark. CeramTec products serve a wide variety of applications around the globe including: automotive, military/aerospace, electronic and electrical, structural, hermetic, functional, and mechanical industries.

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