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165 Fleet Street

London, EC4A 2AE

United Kingdom

Phone: 44 20 7822 0000

Fax: 44 20 7822 0100

Cookson Group plc operates as the holding company. The company has 32 direct and indirect holding companies and approximately 200 trading entities and participates in various joint ventures and strategic alliances. The company operates in approximately 35 countries and sells its products and services in 100 countries. The company has 68 major manufacturing facilities, supported by networks of sales and distribution locations. The company is organized into three principal operating divisions: Ceramics, Electronics and Precious Metals. Ceramics Cookson’s Ceramics division engages in the development, manufacturing and marketing of high performance speciality refractory products. Many of these products are mainly consumable flow control and heat containment products used in demanding applications, primarily in the iron and steel industry; and in industries that require refractory material for high temperature, abrasion-resistant and corrosion-resistant applications, such as the glass-making and foundry industries. The division operates in four sectors: Iron and Steel; Glass; Foundry; and Industrial Processes. Iron and Steel: The Iron and Steel sector supplies refractory products which control and protect the stream of molten steel through the continuous casting process. The sector also supplies lining materials for the major steelmaking vessels, including furnaces, converters, ladles and tundishes. Key products include ladle shrouds, slidegate refractories, submerged entry shrouds, tube changers and monolithic and brick lining. Glass: The Glass sector manufactures refractory products used in both glass production and glass treatment. Key products include fused cast blocks for the lining of glass melting furnaces, tin bath blocks used in the float glass process and tempering rolls used in glass tempering. The sector also supplies crucibles used in the production of photovoltaic cells for solar energy. Foundry: The Foundry sector supplies non-ferrous and ferrous foundries with a range of refractories. Key products include monolithic and brick linings for furnaces, flow control products, crucibles used to melt and transfer molten metals and ceramic filters which reduce flaws and control turbulent flow during mould filling. Industrial Processes: The Industrial Processes sector supplies a variety of applications for a range of industries, including hydrocarbon processing, cement, petrochemical, mineral processing and incineration. Products include monolithics, bricks and other refractory specialities such as ceramic fibres and carbon products. Electronics Cookson’s Electronics division provides materials and services to fabricators and assemblers of printed circuit boards (PCBs) and to the semiconductor packaging industry. It also supplies specialist materials for non-electronic applications. Cookson Electronics comprises three sectors: Laminates, Chemistry and Assembly Materials. Assembly Materials: The Assembly Materials sector supplies materials to assemblers of PCBs and the semiconductor packaging industry. It also supplies non-electronic, industrial markets. The sector’s products are used primarily to attach electronic components, such as semiconductors and capacitors, onto bare PCBs and to form the necessary electrical and physical connections between the board and its components. Principal product lines involved with PCB assembly include: solder (bar, paste, powder and spheres); fluxes; adhesives; cleaning chemistries; and stencils. The Assembly Materials sector supplies the semiconductor packaging industry with epoxy moulding compounds, underfill, encapsulant materials and solder spheres used to connect the package to the PCB and to provide electrical and thermal insulation and also supplies certain industrial applications. It has operations located in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Chemistry: The Chemistry sector manufactures speciality chemicals for the electronics and surface metal finishing industries, primarily under the name Enthone. Amongst the main products for PCB fabrication are photoresists, etching chemicals and metallisation chemicals. Enthone is also a

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