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100 Overlook Center

Princeton, NJ 08540

United States

Phone: 609-514-0300

Fax: 609-514-8720

Rockwood Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals used for industrial and commercial purposes. Segments The company operates its businesses through Lithium and Surface Treatment segments. Lithium The Lithium segment operates under the Rockwood Lithium brand name and develops lithium chemicals for a range of industries and end markets. The Lithium segment develops and manufactures a range of basic lithium compounds, including lithium carbonate, lithium hydroxide, lithium chloride, and value-added lithium specialties and reagents, including butyllithium and lithium aluminum hydride. The company operates its lithium business along the following five business divisions reflecting its core end-markets: Lithium Salts; Special Salts; Butyllithium/Lithium Metal; Battery Products; and Lithium Specialties. In addition to developing and supplying lithium compounds, the company provides technical service, including the handling and use of reactive lithium products. The company also offers its customers recycling services for lithium containing by-products resulting from synthesis with organolithium products, lithium metal and other reagents. Business Divisions Lithium Salts: The company develops and manufactures basic lithium compounds, which serve a range of industries and applications, and potash. The company’s products include lithium carbonate, which is used as a fluxing agent for enamels, glass and ceramic production to lower process temperature in aluminum electrolysis, and as a cement additive for construction applications; lithium hydroxide, which is principally used in high performance greases for automotive and industrial applications; lithium nitrate, which is principally used in the rubber industry; lithium chloride, which is principally used in gas and air treatment; and potash, which the company produces as a by-product of the lithium brine production at its salar in Chile. Special Salts: The company develops and manufactures products that are specialties within the salts business including lithium phosphate which is used as a catalyst for chemical reactions; lithium bromide, which is traditionally used for air conditioning applications; and lithium carbonate pharmaceutical grade, which is used in pharmaceutical applications in the United States and Europe. Butyllithium/Lithium Metal: Butyllithium is used as a polymerization initiator for synthetic rubber and thermoplastic elastomers and as a reagent for the synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients and agrochemicals. Lithium metal is used in organic synthesis processes, primarily in the area of steroid chemistry and vitamins. Generally, these products require a high degree of handling, transport and application know-how and customer service due to their high reactivity. Battery Products: The company develops and manufactures lithium products for electronic applications, mainly for the primary (disposable) and secondary (rechargeable) battery industries. The company’s major product is battery grade lithium carbonate, which is the main component used in the production of thin, lightweight lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion-based batteries are used in consumer electronics, such as mobile phones, camcorders, laptops and power tools. Lithium Specialties: The company develops and manufactures lithium compounds and other products for life science applications, such as special reagents for the synthesis of drug intermediates, as well as for the flavor and fragrances industry. The principal products in this business division are lithium aluminum hydride and lithium amides. The company also produces various other compounds which include lithium metal, grignard reagents and alkoxides. In addition, several variations of its lithium specialties are designed to produce liquid crystals for flat screens. Metal-based Specialty Chemicals: The company develops and manufactures a range of products based on special metal compounds derived from cesium, zirconium, titanium, barium and rubidium. These products are used in applications, such as X-ray diagnostic systems and airbags, and serve


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