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FUJIFILM To Acquire Specialty Chemical Business from Air Products
Thursday September 13, 1:39 pm ET

OptiYield(TM) Positive Photoresists Developers Expand Fujifilm's Portfolio of Electronic Materials Products for Semiconductor Manufacturers

NORTH KINGSTON, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FUJIFILM Electronic Materials, a leading global supplier of photoresists, developers, cleaners & removers, polyimides and thin film chemicals and equipment for the semiconductor industry, announced today that it has acquired the OptiYield(TM) Positive Photoresist developer business of Air Products and Chemicals Inc. FUJIFILM Electronic Materials is a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, a leader in providing products and services based on the vast Fujifilm portfolio of proprietary digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies.

The addition of the OptiYield(TM) photoresist developer business will expand Fujifilm's existing broad portfolio of developer products, which are used in the photolithography patterning process within the semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing industries. During this process, the developer completes the imaging within the photoresist and enables the formation of nanometer scale features in the photoresist-coated substrate.

"In certain applications, the OptiYield(TM) chemistry may provide significant performance and productivity gains compared to conventional developer chemistries," said Dr. Brian E. O'Donnelly, Business Director, Formulated Products & Thin Film Systems, FUJIFILM Electronic Materials. "This acquisition is a complementary addition to our ancillaries product portfolio and will reinforce Fujifilm's ability to serve our global customers and the semiconductor industry by offering a wider variety of products and solutions."

FUJIFILM Electronic Materials will work closely with Air Products and customers to transfer supply and support functions from the Air Products' facility in Tempe, Arizona to Fujifilm's state-of- the-art manufacturing and research operations in Mesa, Arizona. Transfer of all operations is expected to be completed in first quarter of 2008.

About Fujifilm

FUJIFILM Electronic Materials U.S.A. Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, with regional headquarters in Japan, United States and Belgium and several manufacturing and R&D facilities located worldwide. The company supplies advanced technology chemistry and delivery equipment to the semiconductor and flat panel display fabrication market.

FUJIFILM Corporation brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries including medical, life sciences, consumer electronic, chemical, graphic arts, information systems, photography and office products based on its vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. It was ranked number 15 for U.S. patents granted in 2006, employs more than 75,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2007, had global revenues of $23.6 billion. Fujifilm ADRs (American Depository Receipts) are traded in the U.S. on the NASDAQ exchange.

About Air Products

Air Products serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe.

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Source: FUJIFILM Electronic Materials U.S.A. Inc.

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