High-Temperature Insulation optimizes mass/performance ratio.

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With classification temperature of 2,192°F, Superwool® Plus insulation wool provides alternative to refractory ceramic fiber and other alkaline earth silicate insulation for use in applications requiring high-temperature processing. This low biopersistent fiber insulation, available in blanket, modules, Pyro-Bloc® modules, paper, and bulk (chopped and unchopped), features fiber content that reduces thermal conductivity while minimizing mass and blanket thickness.

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Morgan Thermal Ceramics Insulation Wool Delivers Higher Performance with Less Mass

Superwool Plus is 17 percent more energy efficient than traditional insulation

Superwool® Plus, the latest high temperature insulation wool from Morgan Thermal Ceramics, is 17 percent more energy efficient than traditional Refractory Ceramic Fiber (RCF) and any other Alkaline Earth Silicate (AES) insulations. Superwool Plus is ideal for furnace linings in the iron and steel and aluminium industries as well as all applications requiring high temperature processing. This enables users to increase manufacturing process efficiencies and make significant cost savings associated with energy usage.

The material provides excellent insulation in high temperature environments with a classification temperature of 2192°F (1200°C). A breakthrough in the company's advanced manufacturing control has allowed the product to be engineered to maximize the fiber content. As a result, it has up to 20 percent lower thermal conductivity than competitive insulations - and enhanced energy saving properties with much improved handleability.

Superwool Plus delivers high performance with less mass and blanket thickness than alternative products. Customers can therefore use less insulation and make weight and cost savings. Customers can now use a thinner insulation blanket, such as the Superwool Plus 6 pcf (pound-force per cubic foot), to provide the same insulation as a typical 8 pcf blanket.

The insulation fiber blanket has high tensile strength with good handling ability. It is currently available in blanket, modules, Pyro-Bloc® modules, paper and bulk (chopped and unchopped). Felt, vacuum formed products, and board varieties are in development and are expected to be available in early 2011.

Superwool Plus is a low biopersistent fiber insulation. Except in the state of California, there is no specific regulatory standard for RCF in the U.S. OSHA's "Particulate Not Otherwise Regulated (PNOR)" standard applies generally. This standard permits total dust of 15 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) with a respirable fraction of 5 mg/m3. The recently enacted permissible exposure limit (PEL) for RCF in California is 0.2 fibers per cubic centimeter, using the 8-hour Time Weighted Average (TWA). The material is exonerated from the carcinogen classification in the European Union under the terms of Nota Q of Directive 67/548/EEC.

"Industries are under increased pressure to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions," says Ron Wainwright, technical director, Morgan Thermal Ceramics. "In addition, regulatory agencies in the United States are beginning to review RCF for classification as a substance of very high concern. In light of this, Morgan Thermal Ceramics is committed to providing a new range of products to replace RCF, which offer more value and satisfy the needs of the future. The Superwool Plus range is an ideal alternative to RCF, helping customers to increase energy efficiencies throughout their plants."

Superwool Plus is the latest addition to the world-renowned Morgan Thermal Ceramics Superwool® brand and is ideal for many applications including duct and chimney insulation, process heater linings, pipe wrap and automotive exhaust heat shields.

About Morgan Thermal Ceramics
Morgan Thermal Ceramics is a world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced heat insulation products which are used to help reduce energy consumption in a range of industrial processes, from iron and steel production to power generation. Key products include Superwool®, the leading low bio-persistent insulating fiber, insulating firebricks (IFBs) and a range of monolithic materials. The business employs some 3,000 people in more than 50 locations worldwide, with manufacturing sites in 25 countries.

Morgan Thermal Ceramics is a business within the Morgan Ceramics Division of The Morgan Crucible Company plc, one of the world's leading advanced materials companies. The company specializes in the design, manufacture and marketing of ceramic and carbon products which are used in a wide range of applications, from transport and telecommunications to fire protection and medical instruments. Morgan Crucible is listed on the London Stock Exchange in the engineering sector.

For further information, please contact:
Maddy Shedno, Tel: 617 367 0100 ext. 124
Email: maddy.shedno@mgr1.com

Wendy Evans, Tel: +1 706 796 4200
Email: wendy.evans@thermalceramics.com

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