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Sterigenics International, Inc. Announces Major Expansion In Shanghai


9/5/2006 9:00:32 AM

LEUVEN, Belgium--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 5, 2006--Sterigenics International, Inc., the world's leading provider of sterilisation services for the medical device industry, today announced plans for an ultra high-tech ethylene oxide (EO) processing facility to be located in the Yanshan Harbor area in Shanghai.

Planned in response to escalating forecasts from medical device manufacturers in the US, Europe, Japan and Australasia, the EO facility will be Sterigenics' second sterilisation processing center in the Shanghai area. In the fall of 2005, the company launched operations in China with the opening of a fully certified electron beam (E-Beam) facility located in the Chuansha Economical Zone.

"We are extremely grateful for the enthusiastic reception we have already received in Shanghai from both local and international manufacturers," said Marc Markey, Deputy CEO & President of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMEAA). "Now we are looking forward to expanding their options with the very latest in EO technology."

Construction of the EO facility--which will feature the industry's most advanced 32 euro-pallet sterilisers--is slated to begin immediately. Completion is anticipated in Quarter 4 2007. "As our customers extend their global sourcing, we will be there with increased capacity and the very latest in technology to meet their service needs," stated David E. Meyer, President and CEO of Sterigenics International, Inc.

At 2.4-meter height, the trailer-size sterilisation chambers are designed to coordinate with sea container capacity, thereby maximizing production lot sizes and reducing cost. High-performance pallet-handling capabilities will further optimize process time and control.

The sterilisation technology to be used will incorporate that developed for Sterigenics' single-day, single-chamber CyclEOne® processing, including parametric product release which significantly reduces the time and cost associated with traditional EO sterilisation.

State-of-the-art in every respect, the new facility will have the capacity to process 180,000 pallets a year, and will feature advanced technology to minimize emissions into the atmosphere.

In conjunction with the laboratory already operating at Sterigenics E-Beam centre in Shanghai, the new center will offer microbiologic and analytical laboratory facilities staffed by knowledgeable experts and operating in full accord with the global standards required when exporting health care products and medical devices to the international community.

About Sterigenics International

Sterigenics International is a portfolio company of PPM Capital Limited and PPM America Capital Partners LLC. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, and Leuven, Belgium, Sterigenics International is the world's leading provider of contract sterilisation and ionisation services for the medical device, food safety and high performance/specialty materials industries. The company has over 1,000 employees and operates 40 service centers in North America, Europe and Asia.

Contact: Sterigenics International, Inc. Ron Peacock, +32 16 52 52 20

Source: Sterigenics International, Inc.

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