Ranger Group Launches Organikglass(TM) with GE's Lexan GLX Resin for Automotive Glazing Solutions


SOUTHFIELD, MICH. - Nov. 15, 2005 - Italy's Ranger Group announced in September that it has chosen GE's Lexan* GLX resin to launch its new premium automotive glazing line with the tradename Organikglass(TM). GE's Lexan GLX polycarbonate (PC) resin, which provides high impact strength, UV protection, and light weight that are especially valuable in large panoramic roofs, sunroofs, and backlights, will be injection-molded at Ranger's state-of-the-art production facility in Carate Brianza, Italy. Ranger expects to develop new automotive glazing applications that will take advantage of the unique properties of GE's thermoplastic materials vs. conventional materials.

"Ranger is very excited about developing our new glazing line Organikglass(TM) using GE supplied materials. This will make Ranger the first company to manufacture world-class, light-weight, and impact-resistant PC side and rear car windows and especially panoramic roofs for automotive manufacturers. Our focus is on growth and innovation," said Ranger CEO, Matteo Rossini. "Lexan GLX polycarbonate resin will help us meet changing customer requirements for the latest glazing designs, colors, and shapes, while helping to reduce overall vehicle weight as a glass replacement."

Headquartered in Carate Brianza with several production sites across Europe, Ranger is devoting this new facility to injection mold components such as roof glazing, side and rear windows, and backlights. With a proven thirty-year experience in the production of molds and complex equipment, its metallurgy and plastic materials know-how is the starting point for each project including this new glazing line. Ranger Group has doubled its sales, production sites, and staff in three years as a result of this dedication to advanced material technology solutions. Correspondingly, GE will provide technical guidance to Ranger regarding best practices for the use of its Lexan GLX PC resin in automotive glazing.

About GE - Plastics
GE - Plastics is a global supplier of plastic resins widely used in automotive, healthcare, consumer electronics, transportation, performance packaging, building & construction, telecommunications, and optical media applications. The company manufactures and compounds polycarbonate, ABS, SAN, ASA, PPE, PC/ABS, PBT and PEI resins, as well as the LNP* line of high-performance specialty compounds. GE - Plastics, Specialty Film & Sheet manufactures high-performance Lexan* sheet and film products used in thousands of demanding applications worldwide. In addition, GE - Plastics' dedicated Automotive organization is an experienced, world-wide competitor, offering leading plastics solutions for five key automotive segments: body panels and glazing; under the hood applications; component; structures and interiors; and lighting. As a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Games, GE is the exclusive provider of a wide range of innovative products and services that are integral to a successful Games.

*Lexan and LNP are trademarks of General Electric Company.
(TM) Organikglass is a trademark of Ranger Group.

Contacts
Global
Anne Rohinsky
GE - Plastics, Automotive,
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 164 29 31 48
E-Mail: anne.rohinsky@ge.com

Agency Contacts
The Americas
Jim Allison
AH&M Marketing Communications, Pittsfield, Mass.
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E-Mail: jallison@ahminc.com

Europe
Folke Markus
Marketing Solutions, Bergen op Zoom,
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 164 317 038
E-Mail: fmarkus@marketingsolutions.be

China
William Li
Ketchum Newscan, Shanghai, China
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E-Mail: william.li@knprsh.com

Japan
Mitsu Sugino
Tokyo PR Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81 3 3256 5691
E-Mail: sugino@tokyopr.co.jp

GE - Plastics, Automotive - Organikglass(TM) With GE's Lexan* GLX Resin Press Release

* Lexan is a trademark of General Electric Company.
(TM) Organikglass is a trademark of Ranger Group.

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