Materion Site Gains “Conflict-Free” Gold Refiner Status

  Materion Site Gains “Conflict-Free” Gold Refiner Status

Business Wire

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- October 1, 2013

The Buffalo, New York facility of Materion Microelectronics & Services, a
Materion Corporation (NYSE:MTRN) business, has been certified as a
Conflict-Free Gold Refiner and is in compliance with the Conflict-Free Smelter
(CFS) Program protocol of the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative. “This
demonstrates Materion’s commitment to conducting business in a manner that
protects people and the environment,” says Mike O’Neill, Vice President of
Commercial Integration & Metal Management Services. “Through our CFS
certification, we validate that gold materials supplied by Materion in Buffalo
are derived from conflict-free sources.”

CFS Certification

The Conflict-Free Smelter Program is a voluntary global initiative developed
by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global
e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) to provide a credible system for companies
to substantiate responsible sourcing. Under the CFS Program, an independent
third-party evaluates smelter and refiner procurement activities and verifies
that relevant materials are from conflict-free sources. Upon successful review
by the organization’s Audit Review Committee (ARC), the applicant site is
added to the CFS Compliant Smelter and Refiners List. Materion’s Buffalo
facility has now been qualified for CFS listing as a compliant Gold Refiner.
This commits Materion to the CFS Gold Supply Chain Transparency Audit Protocol
standards.

Legislation Drives “Conflict-Free”

Publicly traded companies such as Materion Corporation are required to comply
with the Conflict Minerals Rule, 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform &
Consumer Protection Act. The overall goal of the Conflict Minerals Rule is to
eliminate the human rights abuses occurring in Africa by discouraging the
purchase and use of Conflict Minerals that directly or indirectly finance or
benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and
surrounding countries.

Materion’s Conflict-Free Policy

Materion has in place a conflict-free mineral policy that ensures that its
products meet the due diligence and reporting requirements of the U.S.
Securities and Exchange (SEC) rule under the Conflict Minerals Rule. Using
gold derived from Materion’s own reclaim and recycling programs enables
adherence under this policy as does the CFS compliance status. As a company
with more than 100 years of experience in refining precious metals, Materion
is committed to responsible stewardship practices that include the use of
conflict-free minerals.

Microelectronics & Services is a Materion Corporation business. Materion
Corporation is headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The company, through
its wholly owned subsidiaries, supplies highly engineered advanced enabling
materials to global markets. Products include precious and non-precious
metals, inorganic chemicals and powders, specialty coatings, specialty
engineered beryllium alloys, beryllium and beryllium composites, and
engineered clad and plated metal systems.

Contact:

Materion Corporation
Investor Contact:
Michael C. Hasychak, 216-383-6823
mike.hasychak@materion.com
or
Media Contact:
Susan Doughtie, 716-446-2307
susan.doughtie@materion.com
or
http://www.materion.com
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